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ARH prepares for Ebola

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Appalachian Regional Healthcare hospitals, including the one in Middlesboro which serves Bell County and portions of Tennessee and Virginia, have been taking steps to prepare for the event a patient with Ebola or Ebola-like symptoms presents themselves for treatment.The possibility of a person with Ebola being in the United States seemed remote just a few months ago, but that changed when a man arrived on a plane from Liberia. He had the disease, and died a week ago, even though he received treatment at a Dallas hospital.


No trick: Across US, Halloween bumped for football

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — When Halloween falls on a Friday in communities where high school football is king, it’s time to reschedule the holiday.Communities from West Virginia to Texas are saying they’re OK with celebrating Halloween on, well, not Halloween. Football is king in many rural areas, especially in the South, and that’s a big reason. But everything from homecoming events to Bible studies can push trick-or-treat night to dates other than Oct. 31....

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Students find learning at ‘The Holler’

PIKEVILLE — What happens when you take a free online delivery system and create coursework designed for a specific culture and region? What if you apply that philosophy using technology to change education and access to learning in Central Appalachia? And just to make it feel like home, why not call it the “Holler.”Designed as a social learning network for students in Eastern Kentucky and Central Appalachia, founder and creator Bruce Parsons said the Holler provid...

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Ebola: Stop the flights

Ebola affected Liberians and other West Africans who can obtain plane tickets will be headed to the United States. How many more can we handle coming into our country? We only have a handful of hospitals that are currently equipped to handle Ebola. Each of these has only four or five equipped isolated treatment areas.I have friends in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ghana and Nigeria. We must help them by providing West African hospitals with what they need to fight this fatal disease....

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AIG shareholders’ lawsuit: A strong aroma of hubris

Imagine you were a swimmer who’d recklessly gotten caught in a riptide, only to be saved by a boater who was busily helping other struggling swimmers to shore. Would you complain if the boater charged you a big fee? Maybe. But you almost certainly wouldn’t sue the boater for not offering help sooner.

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Viewing political corruption more broadly

Earlier this year, veteran political writer Thomas Edsall reported an eyebrow-raising fact about Americans’ views toward government. Polling by Gallup, he noted, found that the proportion of Americans who believed that corruption is “widespread” in government had risen from 59 percent in 2006 to 79 percent in 2013. “In other words,” Edsall wrote, “we were cynical already, but now we’re in overdrive.”

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Today in History

By the Associated PressToday is Wednesday, Oct. 22, the 295th day of 2014. There are 70 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On Oct. 22, 1934, bank robber Charles “Pretty Boy” Floyd was shot to death by federal agents and local police at a farm near East Liverpool, Ohio.On this date:In 1746, Princeton University was first chartered as the College of New Jer...

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LMU closes home schedule with Tusculum

HARROGATE, Tenn. — The Railsplitters (7-3-2, 4-2-2 SAC) close out the home schedule against a familiar foe on Wednesday afternoon, welcoming the Tusculum Pioneers (6-6-1, 3-4-1 SAC) to the LMU Soccer Complex for a 3:30 p.m. South Atlantic Conference bout.

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Letter to the Editor

Editor,As community members and leaders, we believe, that the “clean power plan” rule proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency will cause irreparable harm and undue hardship in the nation’s coalfield communities and result in no measurable global benefit.

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News in Brief

Increased wrecks occur during deer breeding seasonFRANKFORT (AP) — This is the main breeding season for whitetail deer, and Kentucky officials say the last three months of the year is responsible for about half of the wrecks involving deer.The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Resources Department’s Gabe Jenkins says drivers should take into consideration the time of day and surroundings as they travel. He says deer are most active around dawn and d...

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Proclamation signed for retired teachers

FRANKFORT — This week, Kentucky honors the retired teachers. Rep. Rick Nelson joined Gov. Steve Beshear to officially proclaim Kentucky Retired Teachers Appreciation Week by signing House Joint Resolution 19 (HVR 19) into law.Nelson, a sponsor of this legislation, encourages all Kentuckians to recognize the impact of our former educators and thank them for their service.“Kentuckians everywhere owe an incredible debt to all our former teachers, school administ...

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City Sippers move into mall

The Middlesboro Mall has a new way for customers to warm up as the weather gets colder. City Sippers recently opened for business in the Roses’s wing of the mall.The restaurant offers several different types of hot coffees, iced coffees, blended drinks and smoothies as well as hot and cold sandwiches, soups, lettuce salads and pastries. For dessert, hand dipped Blue Bell ice cream is offered.Owners Alice and Jerry Hensley attended a coffee conference and classes in...

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District comeback

HARLAN — Teetering on the brink of elimination in the 52nd District semifinals, the Bell County Lady Cats battled back to take a pair of tight wins in games three and four and then pulled away in the tie-breaker get past Harlan in five sets on Monday.The host Lady Dragons came to play and took the first two games 25-19, 25-22. They jumped out to a 10-4 lead in the third game and even served for match point up 24-23. But a carry tied the score at 24 and Elizabeth Mills served ...

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Lone Jack School Center hosts open house

During Lone Jack School Center’s Open House on Oct. 15, parents and students collaboratively presented literacy information to parents about the school’s Building a Bridge to a Literacy Community grant.Parents were presented information on upcoming events, Parent Leaders enlisted and Literacy Coalition interests was discussed. Students were given special reading treats that read “Chews” to read for 20 minutes every day with a piece of bubble gum attached.

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JFWA celebrates Teen Driver Safety Week

Lincoln Memorial University’s (LMU) J. Frank White Academy (JFWA) has joined forces with the Governor’s Highway Safety Office of Tennessee to spread awareness about teen driver safety.Students from JFWA along with principal Jarryd Boster and LMU Police Chief Matthew Sandefur recently posted a pair of GHSO-provided signs near the LMU President’s House. The signs encourage the use of seat belts and the prevention of distracted driving. The JFWA is the only school in...

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Mall shows sweet side

Kelsey Gerhardt | Daily NewsCarolyn Widner of the Middlesboro Mall Office puts a chocolate shell on marshmallows and strawberries during the Chamber of Commerce’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory event on Saturday.

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Nobel Peace Prize winners must light way to end fighting

The Nobel Peace Prizes recently awarded to a 17-year-old Pakistani girl and an Indian man should inspire the leaders of their countries to end their decades-long, dangerous struggle over Kashmir.The time to find a peaceful future for Kashmir is now.Violence between Pakistan and India along the disputed Kashmiri border has escalated lately into the worst fighting between the nuclear-armed countries in more than a decade, causing U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to say h...

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The courts verses the elected majority on same-sex marriage

A frequently asked question is how can a non-elected judge undo the elected will of the majority of the people on same-sex marriage? “What value is my vote?” they protest. In state after state the Defense of Marriage Act defining marriage as between a man and a woman was passed — even in liberal bastions like California. Likewise, in state after state, since passage, non-elected federal appellate judges have ruled same-sex marriage to be constitutional, reversing the will of...

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