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Laws indicted on charges of making meth

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A Middlesboro woman was indicted by the Bell County Grand Jury recently after being accused of possessing tools to make meth and endangering children.Tasha Laws, 26, was indicted for manufacturing methamphetamine and five counts of fourth-degree controlled substance endangerment to a child.According to the indictment, Laws left a bag containing a methamphetamine lab in a park, endangering five children during the time. Police say she also possessed equipment to make the substance.The investigating officer on the case was Middlesboro Police Officer Barry Cowan.Also indicted recently was Jeremy Tribell, 32, of Cumberland Gap, Tenn. He was indicted for receiving stolen property over $500.


All’s ‘well’ at schools

The Bell County Board of Education is installing a new heating and cooling system at Bell Central and Bell High School as one of their many school projects taking place.School officials say the new geothermal system will generate energy savings for the two schools.“This performance contract is paid for by the energy savings generated by the new geothermal heating and cooling systems and other energy saving measures at these two renovated schools,” said Title ...

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Panel approves attendance clerk

The Bell County School District will have an attendance clerk again this year. The board of education approved the position, which will also include the role of home bound teacher, during a recent school board meeting.The board plans to hire Chris Warren, who held the position last year. The pay for the position is $100 a day.“We gained more money than we paid out, but more importantly we kept children in school,” said Bell County Superintendent Yvonne Gillia...

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Annual heritage walk set at Cumberland Gap park

Where can you meet intrepid pioneer Rebecca Boone, the murderous Harpe brothers and famed conservationist Gifford Pinchot, and still stay right in beautiful Cumberland Gap?During the annual heritage walk of course.For the fourth year in a row, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park is presenting “Within the Shadows of Cumberland Gap Heritage Walk.”Once again, the park will be shedding light on some of the lesser-known stories and people from the a...

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News in Brief

Candidate advocates white supremacist viewsLEXINGTON (AP) — A U.S. Senate write-in candidate’s appearance at the University of Kentucky was cut short when he advocated his white supremacist philosophy at an event attended by a group of high school journalism students.Media reports say the candidate, Robert Ransdell of Florence in northern Kentucky, left the stage after the power was cut to his microphone at the Constitution Day event on Wedne...

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Ellis, Collins to wed

Joseph and Tammie Ellis, of Cawood, announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Haley Brianna, to Shane Collins, son of Herbie and Patty Collins, of Pineville. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Linda Brewer, of Cawood, the late Herbert Brewer, Nolan Ellis, of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Ruby Partin, of Pineville. The prospective groom is the grandson of Jimmie and Bessie Neal, of Pineville, Jessie Collins, of Middlesboro, and the late Chester Collins. The wedding will ...

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Work together on military intervention

In his speech last week outlining his plans to use military force against the jihadists of the Islamic State, President Obama gave Congress only passing mention. “I have the authority to address the threat from ISIL,” he said. “But I believe we are strongest as a nation when the president and Congress work together.”He’s right, of course. But that’s not the half of it.We live in troubled times, and over the last decade or two our milit...

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‘Doughboy’ restoration a great project

The “Spirit of the American Doughboy” statue that has stood guard at the old Rowan County Courthouse in downtown Morehead for 85 years has been relieved of his duties, but if all goes as planned, he will return to the old courthouse on Veterans Day looking better than he has in decades.After more than three years of raising money for the project, the Rowan County Veterans Foundation has raised enough funds to begin restoration of the statue. The project is being done in...

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Today in History

By the Associated PressToday is Friday, September 19, the 262nd day of 2014. There are 103 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On September 19, 1777, the first Battle of Saratoga was fought during the Revolutionary War; although British forces succeeded in driving out the American troops, the Americans prevailed in a second battle the following month.On this date:In 1...

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MMS rallies past Bell, 34-33

Drake Thomas threw for two touchdowns, Isaiah Williams ran for two and the Middlesboro Middle School Yellow Jackets came from behind to beat Bell County 34-22 on Thursday.Bell’s Tanner Asher ran for 143 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries. He got the scoring started with a 47-yard run around the left side. Isaac Collett passed to Ryan Stepp for the conversion and the Bobcats had an 8-0 lead with 2:30 to play in the first quarter.Middlesboro answered right back...

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Idol honored at Bell-MHS game

Jay Compton|Daily NewsThe late Billy Joe Idol was recognized for his over 50 years of service as a high school sports official at halftime of last Friday’s Middlesboro-Bell County football game. An MHS graduate, Idol served in the US Army from 1953-55 with the 49th Infantry Division. He started officiating football games when he returned to Middlesboro and later added basketball, baseball and volleyball to his resume. Pictured are Friday’s referee Darrell Wilson and 13t...

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Wildcats stay focused during bye

LEXINGTON (AP) — Kentucky players are determined to keep their edge during their short break.The Wildcats (2-1, 0-1 Southeastern Conference) have a bye this week before hosting Vanderbilt on Sept. 27. They want to build on what worked in the triple-overtime loss at Florida with an emphasis on finishing things against the Commodores, and ending a 17-game conference losing streak dating back to the 2011 season.Kentucky coach Mark Stoops likes how players have moved o...

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Lady Railsplitters rout Tigers 5-1

HARROGATE, Tenn. — Sophomore forward Michelle Hunter netted two goals and junior Maddy Nagy added a pair of assists as the Lady Railsplitters claimed a 5-1 win over the Georgetown Tigers in non-conference action at the LMU Soccer Complex on Wednesday.The win marks the first time in program history that Lincoln Memorial has defeated the Tigers (0-5), ending a 0-3 drought in the first match-up between the two teams since 1995.The Lady Railsplitters (2-2) have struggl...

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Vols work on pass protection

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Now that Tennessee has found its quarterback, the Volunteers must figure out how to protect him.After using three different starting quarterbacks last season, the Vols have gained stability from the improved production and leadership of Justin Worley, who won a three-way competition for the job in training camp. Worley’s biggest problem thus far has been finding enough time to throw.

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Kentucky State Park GeoTour starts Sept. 27

FRANKFORT – The famous Kentucky explorer Daniel Boone was asked if he had ever gotten lost in the wilderness.Boone reportedly replied, “I can’t say I was ever lost, but I was once bewildered for about three days.”The Kentucky State Parks invite you to summon your inner Daniel Boone and take part in the Kentucky State Parks GeoTour at all 49 state parks starting Sept. 27, National Public Lands Day.You can get “lost” at a Kent...

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Aviation program now available

Members of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College’s faculty, staff and students along with numerous public officials and representatives from Eastern Kentucky University met on Wednesday to commemorate a new joint venture — an aviation program.Representatives from both schools spoke on how the program was going to benefit students.Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College President Dr. Lynn Moore spoke to the crowd about how excited she w...

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Constitution week celebrated locally

Photo submittedAs part of their celebration of Constitution Week, Kentucky Path Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution members presented the Constitution Week Committee Award to Commonwealth Attorney Karen Greene Blondell in recognition of her outstanding work in upholding and promoting the ideals of the Constitution of the United States. Blondell began practicing law in 1983 and has been Bell County’s Commonwealth Attorney since 1994. Pictured a...

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Haunted trail aims for high spirits at off road festival

Typical autumn activities include hayrides, pumpkin patches and spending time outdoors in the cool weather. Wilderness Trail Off-Road Park has a returning fall-favorite with their annual Haunted Trail on Sept. 27.The Coal Country Off-Road Festival has a packed three-day lineup that includes things to quench all outdoorsy appetites.On Sept. 26, the day will include an afternoon mud drag and inflatables for children. Other than the Haunted Trail, Sept. 27 will include a co...

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