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Students recognized at meeting

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Bell County Superintendent Yvonne Gilliam took time during this week’s regular monthly board meeting to acknowledge students from the vocational school for their outstanding performance.“I have asked Brett Thompson to come down and share with you all some successes that his students have made,”explained Gilliam. “We hear a lot from our four elementary schools and of course the high school but we don’t get to hear a lot from the vocational school, so he is going to represent all of the programs at the vocational school and kind of tell you what his three students did.”Thompson spoke specifically about three students and their work with the Cisco program.

 

Bobcats overpower Pirates 35-7

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — The Bell County Bobcats turned to good, ol’ fashioned Mountain football on Friday as they rolled up 300 rushing yards on the way to an impressive 35-7 road win over last year’s Tennessee Class 1A runners-up.Instead of attacking an athletic South Pittsburg team on the edges the Bobcats pounded the ball up the middle. They sustained drives with a bunch of five and six yard gains and just wore the Pirates down in the trenches with 48 rushing ...

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Cougars rout Panthers 54-7

HARROGATE, Tenn. — The Cumberland Gap Panthers were simply no match for Campbell County Friday night in the season opener for both teams.The Cougars looked very much like a 5A team going against a 3A team as they scored early and often in breezing to a 54-7 win.“It’s a tough opponent. They’re a bigger school and they’ve got a lot more kids than we do,” Cumberland Gap coach Corey Russell said. “But we’ve got to worry about o...

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Today in History

By the Associated PressToday is Saturday, August 23, the 235th day of 2014. There are 130 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On August 23, 1914, Japan declared war against Germany in World War I.On this date:In 1305, Scottish rebel leader Sir William Wallace was executed by the English for treason.In 1775, Britain’s King George III proclaimed the Ame...

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Prep football scores

KENTUCKYFridayBell Co. 35, South Pittsburg, Tenn. 7Boyle Co. 7, Bullitt East 0Caldwell Co. 78, Christian Co. 57Campbell Co. 31, E. Central, Ind. 14Clay Co. 27, Perry Co. Central 7Cooper 12, Ryle 0Danville 47, Russell Co. 14Dayton 18, Bishop Brossart 13Ensworth, Tenn. 21, Lou. Trinity 14Ev. Reitz, Ind. 34, Henderson Co. 13Frankfort 34, Lin...

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Wild horses at Dingo shot to death

Over two dozen wild horses that roam an area of Straight Creek known as Dingo are reportedly dead.Marcella Chadwick, CEO of the Harlan County Humane Society, said a total of 28 horses had been discovered dead as of Friday afternoon.“People that live over there keep us informed as to what’s going on with the horses because we’re kind of over them (the horses) now,” said Chadwick. “They called me this morning and they’ve found mares and ...

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Man charged with credit card fraud

A Middlesboro man was arrested on Friday after police say he fraudulently used a credit card.Matthew Dewayne Griffith, 23, was charged with fraudulent use of a credit card under $500 within a six-month period and first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. He was also served a bench warrant for court.According to the arrest citation, on June 25, Griffith fraudulently used a credit card belonging to Shannon Capps to make a purchase at Bill’s Market and ...

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School requests new student contracts with Bell

The Pineville Independent Board of Education has submitted a letter to the Bell County Board of Education requesting the two entities renegotiate their student exchange contract.The current contract, which was negotiated in 2012, states Bell would give Pineville one for one plus 180 students and Pineville would give Bell one for one. Prior to the current contract, the two schools had an any and all contract, which would essentially allow any student from the two districts to choose...

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Vitale’s encounters with UK coaches

(Editor’s note: This is one of a series of columns about ESPN’s DickVitale in the next several months.)LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. — Before he became a household name as a colorful TV broadcaster, Dick Vitale was coaching basketball.One of his stops was at the University of Detroit where he served as the head coach for four years during the mid-1970s. And he was a good one, compiling an overall mark of 78-30, a 72.2 winning percentage.His 1...

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News in Brief

Lower jobless rates reported in 108 countiesFRANKFORT (AP) — State officials say last month’s jobless rates in 108 Kentucky counties were lower than in July 2013.The Kentucky Office of Employment and Training says unemployment rates rose in 10 counties and stayed the same in two.It says Boone County in northern Kentucky had the state’s lowest unemployment rate at 5.8 percent.Caldwell County was next at 6 percent an...

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Today in History

By the Associated PressToday is Friday, August 22, the 234th day of 2014. There are 131 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On August 22, 1914, Austria-Hungary declared war against Belgium.On this date:In 1485, England’s King Richard III was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field, effectively ending the War of the Roses.In 1787, inventor John Fitch de...

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Young Lions look to take next step

The Pineville Mountain Lions graduated ten seniors from last year’s team. The group included all of the starters along the offensive and defensive lines, most of the linebackers and All-State caliber athlete Conner Ford.Not too long ago that would mean the Lions were in store for a long season this year. But coach Bart Elam, entering his ninth year at PHS, has built the program to the point where they’re still considered the favorites to place second in Class 1A’s...

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‘Sleep debt’ effects school routine

Children throughout the Tri-State area have spent the past few weeks transitioning into the back-to-school routine.According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), school-aged children need to get at least 10 hours of sleep a day, teens need between nine and 10 hours while adults can get by with seven to eight hours per day.Unfortunately busy schedules often make it impossible for children or their parents to get the recommended amount of sleep. Between work, school,...

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Middlesboro to set tax levy

The Middlesboro City Council held the first reading to establish the Ad Valorem tax levy on personal and real property for the year 2015 during their meeting on Tuesday.The tax levy on personal property is to be set at 23.20 cents per $100 of assessed value. The levy on real property is to be set at 6.9 cents per $100 of assessed value.The ordinance states taxes collected are for city purposes of “defraying the necessary expenses for general operation of the city g...

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Tennis courts get face-lift

Middlesboro High School unveiled their newly-renovated tennis courts Wednesday. The courts have involved months of work for the school and school board and are now ready for play time.The Middlesboro School Board also voted to keep the same real estate and personal property tax rate for 2014-2015 at 50.8 cents for every $100 of assessed value. The motor vehicle tax will also be kept at a rate of 56 cents.The elementary school has started a few new programs this year incl...

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Clerk’s office taking plastic

The Bell County Clerk’s Office is now offering taxpayers the option to pay with debit or credit cards in both the Middlesboro and Pineville office for any type of transaction.Those transactions include deed room recording fees, car tags and taxes, and hunting and fishing licenses.“Offering customers this option is something we are so excited about, and so far customers have found it convenient and have been excited about it too,” said Makenzie Standifer...

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Double grave marking ceremony slated

The Martin’s Station Chapter Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution, will be having a double grave marking ceremony using SAR markers on the graves of Jesse Brock and Ephraim Osborne, along with a wreath laying and grave side ceremony to commemorate their service during the Revolutionary War on Aug. 30 in Harlan County.The SAR chapter will be working alongside various DAR chapters in the region to help celebrate the lives of Brock and Osborne.Jesse Brock&...

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Community Calendar

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. For more information, call 606-909-4145...

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