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Kelsey Gerhardt

Position: Reporter
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Middlesboro City Police Department Sgt. Eddie Myers has served the area as a member of law enforcement for 15 years. During those years, he learned many things which impacted his job as a public servant and influenced his daily life as a police officer.
Myers became interested in law enforcement during ride-alongs with former Kentucky State Police

A life of service

Middlesboro City Police Department Sgt. Eddie Myers has served the area as a member of law enforcement for 15 years. During those years, he learned many things which impacted his job as a public servant and influenced his daily life as a police officer. Myers became interested in law enforcement during ride-alongs with former Kentucky State Police

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Meet Buddy! He is a mix breed available from the Bell County Animal Shelter. He has beautiful markings, enjoys being outdoors and is looking for his forever home. His adoption fee is $70. Buddy is up-to-date on shots and neutered. If you are interested in meeting Buddy or any other of the adoptable cats or dogs, the shelter can be

Pet of the Week

Photo submitted. Meet Buddy! He is a mix breed available from the Bell County Animal Shelter. He has beautiful markings, enjoys being outdoors and is looking for his forever home. His adoption fee is $70. Buddy is up-to-date on shots and neutered. If you are interested in meeting Buddy or any other of the adoptable cats or dogs, the shelter can be

Thursday evening brought glittering gowns and country-rock music to the stage during opening night of the Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival.
Eighteen queen candidates and 15 princess candidates took the stage to represent their schools and give opening remarks. This is the 85th year for the KMLF Pineville tradition.
Bell Central High School's gym

KMLF starts strong

Thursday evening brought glittering gowns and country-rock music to the stage during opening night of the Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival. Eighteen queen candidates and 15 princess candidates took the stage to represent their schools and give opening remarks. This is the 85th year for the KMLF Pineville tradition. Bell Central High School's gym

Craig Wayne Boyd, recent winner of NBC hit-show The Voice will be performing at the Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
As a native Texan, Boyd describes his music as an energetic mix of country and rock.
“It's a rock show with country music. We're out there dancing around and there's so much energy brought to the sta

KMLF welcomes Boyd in concert

Craig Wayne Boyd, recent winner of NBC hit-show The Voice will be performing at the Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. As a native Texan, Boyd describes his music as an energetic mix of country and rock. “It's a rock show with country music. We're out there dancing around and there's so much energy brought to the sta

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Meet Daisy! She is a 2-year-old dog, weighing 44 lbs. available from the Bell County Animal Shelter. She has beautiful markings with spots on her ears and is looking for her forever home. She is friendly, energetic and playful. Her is adoption fee is $70. Daisy is up-to-date on shots and spayed. If you are interested in meeting Da

Pet of the Week

Photo submitted. Meet Daisy! She is a 2-year-old dog, weighing 44 lbs. available from the Bell County Animal Shelter. She has beautiful markings with spots on her ears and is looking for her forever home. She is friendly, energetic and playful. Her is adoption fee is $70. Daisy is up-to-date on shots and spayed. If you are interested in meeting Da

Summer meals around town

Children 18 and under will be able to receive a meal during the summer due to the continuation of the summer food service program. This federally funded program will provide a meal with 5 components of a healthy diet — milk, bread, meat, a fruit and a vegetable. Meals will be available Monday through Thursday from June 1 until June 25 at se

Graduation, futures addressed by board

Seniors from Middlesboro High School spoke about their positive experiences in the arts program during the Middlesboro Independent School Board meeting on Tuesday evening. The students emphasized that MHS helped shape their future in the arts, taught them there is more to academic life than talent, and gave them a family in MHS arts. MHS students

During a Bell County Tourism Commission meeting on Tuesday, SOAR funds were a large part of discussion regarding assistance in the region.
Commission Director Judy Barton attended the recent SOAR Conference in Pikeville where a proposed release was announced of $1 billion of abandoned mine land funds. This money will assist in reclamation of the l

SOAR help possible for Bell

During a Bell County Tourism Commission meeting on Tuesday, SOAR funds were a large part of discussion regarding assistance in the region. Commission Director Judy Barton attended the recent SOAR Conference in Pikeville where a proposed release was announced of $1 billion of abandoned mine land funds. This money will assist in reclamation of the l

Craig Wayne Boyd, recent winner of NBC hit-show The Voice will be performing at the Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
As a native Texan, Boyd describes his music as an energetic mix of country and rock.
“It's a rock show with country music. We're out there dancing around and there's so much energy brought to the sta

Mountain music

Craig Wayne Boyd, recent winner of NBC hit-show The Voice will be performing at the Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. As a native Texan, Boyd describes his music as an energetic mix of country and rock. “It's a rock show with country music. We're out there dancing around and there's so much energy brought to the sta

The Tri-State Regional Trails Committee met on May 18 to discuss the upcoming Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance grant which is due on Aug. 1. This grant could give technical assistance to help plan connective trails that will join four surrounding counties.
“Once we get this off the ground, this will be huge. We've all got something

Trail users link at meeting

The Tri-State Regional Trails Committee met on May 18 to discuss the upcoming Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance grant which is due on Aug. 1. This grant could give technical assistance to help plan connective trails that will join four surrounding counties. “Once we get this off the ground, this will be huge. We've all got something

Accidents happen, but to be better prepared for accidents in a dangerous situation volunteers and employees of Cumberland Gap National Historical Park participated in an intensive training on Sunday. This is the third mock rescue training held at CGNHP.
“If you always think of it as a matter of 'if' then it's just preparing for the 'when' &#

A rocky rescue

Accidents happen, but to be better prepared for accidents in a dangerous situation volunteers and employees of Cumberland Gap National Historical Park participated in an intensive training on Sunday. This is the third mock rescue training held at CGNHP. “If you always think of it as a matter of 'if' then it's just preparing for the 'when' &#

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Meet Dylan! He is a young cat available from the Bell County Animal Shelter. He has beautiful markings with spots on his toes and is looking for his forever home. His adoption fee is $70. Dylan is up-to-date on shots and neutered. If you are interested in meeting Dylan or any other of the adoptable cats or dogs, the shelter can be

Pet of the Week

Photo submitted. Meet Dylan! He is a young cat available from the Bell County Animal Shelter. He has beautiful markings with spots on his toes and is looking for his forever home. His adoption fee is $70. Dylan is up-to-date on shots and neutered. If you are interested in meeting Dylan or any other of the adoptable cats or dogs, the shelter can be

Music will be heard throughout the mountains this weekend in Cumberland Gap National Historical Park at the Cumberland Gap Dulcimer Gathering. This will be the ninth year for the event which draws musicians and music lovers.
“It's a chance for us to get together and share something, share feelings while we play and I don't know how to explai

History in harmony

Music will be heard throughout the mountains this weekend in Cumberland Gap National Historical Park at the Cumberland Gap Dulcimer Gathering. This will be the ninth year for the event which draws musicians and music lovers. “It's a chance for us to get together and share something, share feelings while we play and I don't know how to explai

Music will be heard throughout the mountains this weekend in Cumberland Gap National Historical Park at the Cumberland Gap Dulcimer Gathering. This will be the ninth year for the event which draws musicians and music lovers.
“It's a chance for us to get together and share something, share feelings while we play and I don't know how to explai

History in harmony

Music will be heard throughout the mountains this weekend in Cumberland Gap National Historical Park at the Cumberland Gap Dulcimer Gathering. This will be the ninth year for the event which draws musicians and music lovers. “It's a chance for us to get together and share something, share feelings while we play and I don't know how to explai

A bright, shiny new bus will be transporting students to Middlesboro Independent Schools beginning this week due to diligent work from Superintendent Steve Martin, special education teacher Virginia Martin and donors in the city.
Martin applied for a grant last year from Louisville-based non-profit WHAS Crusade for Children to give assistance to t

New bus rides in

A bright, shiny new bus will be transporting students to Middlesboro Independent Schools beginning this week due to diligent work from Superintendent Steve Martin, special education teacher Virginia Martin and donors in the city. Martin applied for a grant last year from Louisville-based non-profit WHAS Crusade for Children to give assistance to t

Harrogate resident and reenactor Andy Thomas is a self-proclaimed “gun nut” and plans to pass his appreciation on to the next generation. Thomas doesn't just love guns, he transforms them from raw materials to historically accurate black powder firearms.
Thomas began taking classes in 1986 and practiced with trial and error to learn th

History passed on

Harrogate resident and reenactor Andy Thomas is a self-proclaimed “gun nut” and plans to pass his appreciation on to the next generation. Thomas doesn't just love guns, he transforms them from raw materials to historically accurate black powder firearms. Thomas began taking classes in 1986 and practiced with trial and error to learn th

The annual tourism report was released last week by the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet which shows a 4.6 percent increase in tourism for Bell County. Overall, the state had a 4.4 percent increase.
Tourism is divided into nine sections across the state, all of which showed an increase from the 2013 numbers. Tourism had a a nearly $13.1

Tourism increases for year

The annual tourism report was released last week by the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet which shows a 4.6 percent increase in tourism for Bell County. Overall, the state had a 4.4 percent increase. Tourism is divided into nine sections across the state, all of which showed an increase from the 2013 numbers. Tourism had a a nearly $13.1

The Three Corners of Cumberland Gap Trails steering committee recently met at the Bell County Tourism office to continue planning for connectivity with multi-use trails in Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee.
The committee is headed by Jon Grace of Bell County Adventure Tourism and includes a handful of people from the area that have a connection to

Trails to the future

The Three Corners of Cumberland Gap Trails steering committee recently met at the Bell County Tourism office to continue planning for connectivity with multi-use trails in Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee. The committee is headed by Jon Grace of Bell County Adventure Tourism and includes a handful of people from the area that have a connection to

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Meet Franklin! He is a 1½-year-old Shepherd mix available from the Bell County Animal Shelter. He is beautiful, playful and energetic. He would love to play basketball with his new owner. He is looking for his forever home. His adoption fee is $70. Franklin is up-to-date on shots and neutered. If you are interested in meeting

Pet of the Week

Photo submitted Meet Franklin! He is a 1½-year-old Shepherd mix available from the Bell County Animal Shelter. He is beautiful, playful and energetic. He would love to play basketball with his new owner. He is looking for his forever home. His adoption fee is $70. Franklin is up-to-date on shots and neutered. If you are interested in meeting

Kelsey Gerhardt|Daily News
The city of Middlesboro honored the National Day of Prayer on Thursday. The service was held in the City Parking Lot and included several prayers by area church, business and community leaders. Students from Middlesboro High School's U.S. Army JROTC Color Guard presented the American and Kentucky flags at the service whi

City of prayer

Kelsey Gerhardt|Daily News The city of Middlesboro honored the National Day of Prayer on Thursday. The service was held in the City Parking Lot and included several prayers by area church, business and community leaders. Students from Middlesboro High School's U.S. Army JROTC Color Guard presented the American and Kentucky flags at the service whi





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