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4-H club learns wilderness survival

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Photo submittedThe Bell County 4-H Community Club met April 12 for their regular monthly meeting. The 4-H program for April was wilderness survival taught by Richard Mason, Bell County 4-H club leader. Richard also showed a video to members about 4-H camp – Bell County youth camp at J.M. Feltner 4-H Camp near London on June 9-12. The Bell County 4-H Community Club meets the second Saturday of each month. If you are interested in joining 4-H or attending 4-H camp, contact the Bell County Extension Office at 337-2376.

 

Forestry economic impact: Improved in 2013, looks better for 2014

Kentucky’s forests are a significant component of Kentucky’s economy, and a University of Kentucky economic impact study by UK forestry experts found that 2014 looks bright for increased economic growth in the state’s forestry industries.Jeff Stringer, UK extension professor for hardwood silviculture and forest operations, Billy Thomas, extension associate for family forest education, Bobby Ammerman, extension associate for secondary forest industry, and Alison Da...

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State hemlock trees face serious threat

Tens of millions of Kentucky hemlock trees are at risk from a bug—just 1/16 of an inch in size — that literally sucks the life out of the tree by feeding on the starches that are the tree’s food source. The Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (uh-DEL-jid), which has no natural predators, has infested trees in nearly a quarter of the state’s 120 counties, mostly in southeastern Kentucky, but also as far west as Lexington.

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Annual Geocache Weekend is May 2-4

JAMESTOWN – Lake Cumberland State Resort Park will host the 9th Annual Earth Day Geocache Weekend, May 2-4.Geocaching is an outdoor sporting activity in which the participants use a GPS to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches.”Lake Cumberland State Resort Park has prepared another challenging hunt from the novice to the expert cacher. Be prepared for a challenge! The park wants everyone to enjoy the beauty of Lake Cumberla...

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Beware of elm bark thieves

Wild medicinal plants have been used to cure ailments for thousands of years, and are still very much in use today.Over 40 percent of prescription drugs sold in the U.S. contain at least one ingredient derived from nature. Herbal medicine is very big business, with sales topping over 500 billion dollars annually.The Appalachian Mountains where we live is very plant rich place, and many folks make some extra income by finding and collecting wild plants, roots and bark to ...

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Clean water is key to business success

Our company depends on clean water for our success. That’s why we’re pleased that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued new draft rules for enforcement of the Clean Water Act last month. Since the Supreme Court handed down decisions in 2001 and 2006, enforcement of the Clean Water Act’s provisions has become incredibly complex, leaving businesses and consumers without clarity. This action by the EPA will give us the confidence we need to know that our access to cl...

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April 30 deadline to apply for elk hunt

FRANKFORT – Where there were no elk two decades ago in Kentucky, an estimated 10,000 or more now roam freely.A landmark restoration effort re-established an elk herd in the state’s scenic southeastern region and created one of the most sought-after hunting opportunities east of the Rocky Mountains.“Our elk herd is doing fantastic,” said Tina Brunjes, deer and elk program coordinator with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. R...

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Officials say boy’s remains likely incinerated

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Officials haven’t found the remains of a 5-year-old Indiana boy who is presumed dead following a fire at a rental cabin in East Tennessee and say it’s likely they were completely incinerated.Sevier County Sheriff Office Capt. Jeff McCarter told the Knoxville News Sentinel that firefighters and investigators spent several days sifting through debris searching for any trace of Tyveon Temple of Indianapolis.

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FDA proposes first regulations for e-cigarettes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration.While the proposal being issued Thursday won’t immediately mean changes for the popular devices, the move is aimed at eventually taming the fast-growing e-cigarette industry.The agency said the proposal sets a foundatio...

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FCC to propose pay-for-priority Internet standards

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission is set to propose new open Internet rules that would allow content companies to pay for faster delivery over the so-called “last mile” connection to people’s homes, but enhance scrutiny of such deals so they don’t harm competition or limit free speech.That’s according to a senior FCC official familiar with the matter who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly and spoke on...

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Grimes wants Keystone pipeline OK’d

FRANKFORT (AP) — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes called on President Barack Obama to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, joining 11 incumbent Democrats as the party tries to keep control of the Senate this November.

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Announcer relishes role as voice of Kentucky Derby

LOUISVILLE (AP) — From his perch with a panoramic view of the world’s most famous racetrack, the new voice of Churchill Downs will sit out one of the most anticipated moments of the tradition-soaked Kentucky Derby.Larry Collmus will try to tune out “My Old Kentucky Home” while the crowd of 160,000-plus sings along and the thoroughbreds take to the Churchill Downs track. The veteran announcer says it gives him chills, and he wants to avoid bei...

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Piece of ‘Band of Brothers’ gets new commander

FORT CAMPBELL (AP) — The original “Band of Brothers” has a new commander and will be getting a new home.The 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment executed a change of command ceremony at Fort Campbell on Wednesday. At the end of the week, the regiment will move from the 4th Brigade Combat Team to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team. The move is being made as the Army shrinks its overall size as wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wrap up.The 4th Brigade, which is par...

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Government as innovator? You bet

Five years ago, the federal government spent $169 billion to fund basic research and development. This fiscal year, it’s down to $134 billion.People who believe in public belt-tightening applaud drops like that. I understand why: there are many reasons to reduce government spending. But in this case they’re wrong. We need to boost the government’s investment in R&D, not slash it.

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Kiwanis Club donates to Repair Affair

Photo submittedThe Kiwanis Club of Pineville recently donated $500 for the 2014 Repair Affair event coordinated by Bell-Whitley CAA Inc. to be held on Saturday. Ron Gilley and Norman Cornelius, Bell-Whitley Community Action Agency housing director. Those wanting to help can send a tax-deductible donation to: P.O. Box 159, Pineville. The deductible needs to be made out to Bell County Repair Affair.

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Free ‘Yes, You Can Own a Home’ seminar planned

The dream of becoming a homeowner for the first time is not only filled with hope and anticipation but it is also filled with questions and concerns. The fear of the unknown will often steer individuals from pursuing their dreams of home ownership.The certified housing counselors at Bell-Whitley Community Action Agency offer these encouraging words to individuals with this dream “Yes, You Can Own a Home.”“Yes, You Can Own a Home” is a free seminar...

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Community Banking Month

The word “sustainability” can be linked to a lot of our local activities these days — whether it’s reusing or recycling products that otherwise might be tossed out, shopping locally at our farmers markets and area small businesses in Claiborne County, or making a commitment to buy American-made products. Needless to say, there are a lot of ways to go local and build a more sustainable world.While all of this is great, have you thought about what these activi...

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Daily Bible Thought — April 24

When everyone else fails, Jesus is your most trusted friend.[The Lord’s] compassions fail not. They are new every morning. — Lamentations 3:22-23

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