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Hale helps Jackets break out of slump with two-hitter

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Brandon Hale was a one-man slump buster for the visiting Middlesboro Yellow Jackets on Wednesday in a 14-0 rout of Harlan.The junior pitcher/first baseman tossed a two-hitter with eight strikeouts and no walks in the five-inning, supplying more than enough offense by himself with two doubles and two singles in a six-RBI performance.“He had a heck of a day at the plate,” Middlesboro coach John Smith said. “We have been struggling all year, and nobody is worried about Middlesboro now. We’re kicking it all over the field and letting teams stay in it that shouldn’t. We stayed back a little better today on the off-speed stuff and hit it hard. I hope we’re moving in the right direction.


Daily Bible Thought — April 17

Compassion offers whatever is necessary to heal.Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Inasmuch as God has shown you all this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you.” — Genesis 41:39

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Today in History — April 17

By the Associated PressToday is Thursday, April 17, the 107th day of 2014. There are 258 days left in the year.Today’s Highlights in History:On April 17, 1964, Geraldine “Jerrie” Mock became the first woman to complete a solo airplane trip around the world, returning to Columbus, Ohio, after 29 1/2 days and 21 stopovers in her Cessna 180. Ford Motor Co. unveiled its new Mustang model at the New York WorldR...

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Lady Lions blank KC 10-0

Rebecca Lee-Theis fired a five-inning one-hitter and the Pineville Lady Lions put up six runs in the second inning as they rolled to a 10-0 win over defending 51st District champion Knox Central on Wednesday.“Last year we battled with Knox Central and they beat us in the district championship game 1-0. Our girls wanted to make sure to take care of this game and they didn’t want it to be close. Their goal was to win it in five and that’s what they came out here and...

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Black Bears pound out 10-2 win at Bell

Harlan County put up five runs in the top of the first inning an coasted to a 10-2 win at Bell County on Wednesday.The Black Bears got and RBI double from Sawyer Fields and RBI singles from Connor Leisge, Zach Doss and Brendan Rutherford in the top of the first inning and also got bit of help from three Bobcat errors, including two in the outfield during the inning.“No disrespect to Bell County, but we had a point to make tonight with the bats. We hit it the other ...

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Lady Panthers down Harlan, 10-4

HARROGATE, Tenn. —In unreported action from Monday, the Cumberland Gap Lady Panthers pounded out 13 hits in a 10-4 win over Harlan.Tessa Pittman homered and doubled to drive in two and scored three runs while Lindsey Elliott delivered a single, double and a triple to drive in three runs. Senior shortstop Katelyn McCarty added three hits and scored three runs in the game.Senior pitcher Genna Lake worked all seven innings to get the win. After allowing the first four...

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LMU women 8th at SAC Championship

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. — The Lady Railsplitters fired a 77-over par 365 in the final round of the 2014 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Women’s Golf Championship on Tuesday to finish the 54-hole event where they started — in eighth place. Lincoln Memorial carded rounds of 349, 348 and 365 to rack up a three-day total of 1,062 at the Sevierville Golf Club’s Highlands Course. The SAC Championship field was comprised of 11 teams and 60 golfers.

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Facility discussions continue at Bell school board meeting

The Bell County Board of Education continued discussions about facility projects during the regular meeting on Tuesday. The board approved a BG-1 for Bell Central modular units.Title I Supervisor Jeff Saylor said they will be able to complete about 50 to 65 percent of the project during the summer. There will be a need to rotate classrooms from August to December in order for to take place in the phasing plan developed by RossTarrant Architects.Saylor said two modular un...

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Smithfield takes PRIDE in canal

Smithfield led their fourth annual cleanup Wednesday along the canal in Middlesboro as part of Kentucky’s PRIDE initiative.The nine volunteers from Smithfield collected seven bags of trash and waste as well as shopping carts and tires along the banks of the canal.Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment (PRIDE) spans 42 counties in the Commonwealth. It was launched in 1997 by Congressman Hal Rogers and Gen. James Bickford to encourage citizens to restore ...

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Second Saturday event kicks off in the Gap

The first Second Saturday event of the season kicked off this past weekend in Cumberland Gap, Tenn. Local performers included the Washtub Singers, Gyve Turkey, Salina Ely and the dulcimer duo of Brittany and Phil.The event was entitled April Showers and participants decorated umbrellas which were displayed in the foliage at Festival Park.Local business owner Steve Moore of The Frame Shop received attention for his unique motorcycle themed umbrella. The artwork...

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Servolution holds health clinic grand opening

Servolution Health Services held its dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting Monday evening in Speedwell.Members of the community gathered at the clinic to take tours of the facility and hear guest speakers and religious leaders at the dedication service.SHS offers dental and medical care for qualifying community members who are at or below the 200 percent poverty guideline and are without insurance. These services are provided due to grants, monetary donations and volunt...

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SelfRefind opens expanded location in Barbourville

SelfRefind, a privately owned group specializing in addiction treatment, opened an expanded location in Barbourville on March 31.SelfRefind currently operates 17 locations across Kentucky and Ohio, providing physician directed treatment for those addicted to opiates and alcohol.“We’ve seen high demand for our services throughout all locations,” said Jamie Durham, CEO.“Our Barbourville location required an expansion to meet the needs of ...

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Board approves new position

The Middlesboro Board of Education (BOE) met on Tuesday for their regular monthly meeting. Among items discussed was the creation of a new position – Innovation Coordinator.Superintendent Steve Martin explained the new position would stem from the acquisition of a new grant the district had applied for and as such would not be an additional cost.“This (position) will not be any cost to the district,” explained Martin.He also pointed out the p...

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Improve your ‘investment environment’

On April 22, we celebrate Earth Day — a day devoted to education and action on environmental issues. As a citizen of the world, you may have a keen interest in protecting your physical surroundings. And as someone trying to reach long-term financial goals, such as a comfortable retirement, you’re probably also interested in improving your investment environment.So here are a few suggestions:

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KCEOC to host home ownership workshop

The American dream is to own a home.KCEOC believes that dream is still alive striving to provide clients with powerful knowledge that will help them achieve their dreams of home ownership with the Yes You Can program.Yes You Can is a free program that teaches prospective home buyers how to become successful homeowners. KCEOC has housing counselors on staff to educate and prepare clients for home ownership through Yes You Can workshops.

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Trial lawyer is a hero

“I need a hero. I’m holding out for a hero ‘til the end of the night.He’s gotta be strongAnd he’s gotta be fastAnd he’s gotta be fresh from the fight” — Jim SteinmanOne of the great moments of my life was sitting next to legendary Louisville attorney Frank Haddad at a luncheon when he found that he had received the first Peter Perlman Outstanding Trial Lawyer award f...

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Road-spending plan passes state legislature

FRANKFORT (AP) — Kentucky House and Senate lawmakers agreed Tuesday to a $4.1 billion road-spending plan on the Legislature’s final day, avoiding an expensive special session.The plan includes $5.2 billion worth of projects throughout the state. But as much as 25 percent of that money will not be spent. Lawmakers said they like to include a cushion in case some projects are delayed because of environmental concerns or problems acquiring land.

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Community Calendar —April 16

To place an announcement in the Community Calendar, email: bmoore@civitasmedia.com; fax: 606-573-0042 attention Bethany Moore; or drop a written copy of the announcement by our office at 120 North 11th Street, Middlesboro (behind Food City). Announcements should be submitted no later than four days before the event. If information is received in time, it will be published one or two days before the event. Announcements will not be accepted by phone.

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