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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.


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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Today in History

By the Associated PressToday is Tuesday, Oct. 21, the 294th day of 2014. There are 71 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On Oct. 21, 1944, during World War II, U.S. troops captured the German city of Aachen (AH’-kuhn).On this date:In 1797, the U.S. Navy frigate Constitution, also known as “Old Ironsides,” was christened in Boston’s harbor....

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Lady Jackets end season

HARLAN — The Middlesboro Lady Jackets had their season come to an end on Monday with 3-1 loss to Harlan County in the 52nd District semifinals.Harlan County opened strong by taking the first game 25-18 and rolled to a 25-10 win in game two. Middlesboro came back strong and opened up a 15-5 lead before taking game three 25-16. In the fourth game they fought their way back from an 18-5 deficit to make things interesting before the Lady Bears put the match away with a 25-19 win....

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Community Calendar

To place an event 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 will not be accepted by phone and should be submitted no later than four days before the event. If received in time, it will be published one or two days before the event. Announcements are also available to view at www.middle...

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K-PREP scores improve at MES

K-PREP scores were released on Oct. 3 by the Kentucky Department of Education for the 2013-2014 school year. Middlesboro Elementary School had the third highest gains across the state with a score of 72.6 points.K-PREP is a standardized test which is given in early May to third-and-fourth grade students. The test measures proficiency in reading and math for grade 3 while grade 4 students are tested over reading, math, science and language mechanics.MES had a gain across ...

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McConnell makes local Coal Tour stop

Mountain Tarp welcomed U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers on the Coal Country Bus Tour campaign stop Monday.Just 14 days from election, McConnell and Rogers stopped in Bell County to urge a locally popular topic — supporting coal jobs and mines across the Commonwealth.“You’ve watched them (the Obama administration) launch the war on coal and you’ve watched them overseas as well, and I must say it’s hard for me to find ...

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A ‘Ray of Hope’

The Lighthouse Ray of Hope held an open house on Monday to help inform people about what they do as a child advocacy center. The organization is located on U.S. 119.Lighthouse Ray of Hope Executive Director/CEO Darrell Lowe spoke at the event. He said the mission of the organization is to maximize coordinated responses for addressing neglect and the mental, emotional and physical needs of victimized children and non-offending parents or caregivers.

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‘Mountain Mysteries Paranormal Research’ to be presented

Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) Student Services presents Larry Thacker, dean of students and author, for a Halloween presentation entitled “Mountain Mysteries Paranormal Research” on Friday at 7 p.m. in the Sam and Sue Mars Performing Arts Center of the Duke Hall of Citizenship. The program is free and open to the public.Thacker will explore campus hauntings, share regional paranormal stories, explain paranormal research processes and share other Appalachian stories ...

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