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Deer in a camera’s sights

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Ray Welch|Daily NewsAs mountains create an certain ambiance in the background, two deer make their way across an open field.

 

Friends group gives to Gap

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park has a helping hand for funding and events.The organization Friends of Cumberland Gap National Park helps to raise money and awareness for things happening within the park.The most recent fundraising event by FOCGNP was a formal movie premier for Kent Masterson Brown’s film, Daniel Boone and the Opening of the American West. The evening included finger foods, a red carpet, socializing and a showing of the movie.R...

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Gap BMA talks bears, finances

It looks as though the local bear population refuses to halt its rambles through the historic town of Cumberland Gap, Tenn., foraging meals from trash cans, picnic tables and anywhere edibles are inadvertently left to entice the voracious animals.The problem has become one of urgency to nearby Cumberland Gap National Historical Park (CGNHP), as well, prompting park ranger Jenny Beeler to discuss the matter last week during the July meeting of the Gap Board of Mayor and Aldermen....

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College degrees on the rise in Kentucky

A preliminary report released by Kentucky’s Council on Postsecondary Education estimates college degrees and advanced education credentials earned at public and private colleges and universities are on the rise.This is good news for the state, suggesting an increased understanding by Kentuckians of the importance of higher education not only for themselves, but for our communities, too.The report released by the council June 20 estimates nearly 63,150 degrees and c...

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Marion Adams recalls the aftermath of D-Day

Marion Adams, 91, a retired farmer from Newton Township, Ohio, says of June 6, 1944, “I try to forget it. No one has a right to know. They wouldn’t believe it anyway.”Those of us who watched PBS on Memorial Day of this year don’t need a description: we saw the horrors of Normandy in black-and-white on our televisions.Adams was aboard LST 491 as a U.S. Navy radio operator on D Day. In response to the question, “Why did you live when so many d...

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Woodland owners: Got questions? Get answers

Woodland owners who are wondering how to get the most from their property should think about attending one of three Woodland Owners Short Courses being offered around the state this summer, said Billy Thomas, University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension forester.When woodlands are managed properly, their health improves and they can produce a cash crop of valuable timber, as well as attract more wildlife and provide a place for family recreation. The 2014 Woodland Owners Short Cour...

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State coal group sues TVA over Paradise plant

LOUISVILLE (AP) — A group of landowners and a Kentucky coal industry group want a federal judge to halt plans to shut down two coal-fired units at a Tennessee Valley Authority power plant that is switching to natural gas.The Kentucky Coal Association argued in a lawsuit filed Thursday that the TVA did not follow proper federal procedure and its own rules in deciding to close the units at the Paradise Fossil Plant in western Kentucky. The TVA announced last yea...

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State ends fiscal year with $90 million shortfall

FRANKFORT (AP) — Kentuckians are buying more stuff, they just aren’t paying as much in taxes.That’s why the state ended the 2014 fiscal year on June 30 with a $90 million shortfall in its general fund.Sales taxes — the extra 6 percent consumers pay on their purchases — were up $109 million, the largest increase of any state funding source.But the state’s largest revenue source — individual income taxes — grew les...

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Tobacco firms Reynolds, Lorillard in merger talks

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Cigarette makers Reynolds American Inc. and Lorillard Inc. on Friday said they are in talks of a possible merger that would combine two of the nation’s oldest and biggest tobacco companies.The announcement follows media reports over the past few months about the possible combination that would create a formidable No. 2 to rival Altria Group Inc., owner of Philip Morris USA, and could spur a wave of consolidation in the tobacco busine...

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Grant to promote cancer screenings

LEXINGTON (AP) Kentucky’s fight against cancer has gotten a boost from a $3.75 million grant awarded to the University of Kentucky Rural Cancer Prevention Center.The grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will promote colorectal cancer screening in central Appalachia, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.Kentucky has the nation’s highest rates of cancer incidence and death, and more people from Appalachian Kentucky die from colorectal cance...

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Beetles blamed for wiping out ash trees

LOUISVILLE (AP) — An infestation of small green beetles has started taking a toll on ash trees in Kentucky.From Lexington to Louisville and north to Cincinnati, ash trees are being wiped out from rural landscapes, parks, subdivisions and urban corridors, according to The Courier-Journal.The culprit is the emerald ash borer.The Asian invader arrived in Kentucky a few years ago from the north where the beetles killed more than 25 million tr...

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Conway backs expanded gambling to create revenue

LOUISVILLE (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Conway said Thursday he is willing to campaign for expanded gambling as a way to raise revenue for essential state programs, and hasn’t given up on getting the long-stymied proposal through Kentucky’s General Assembly.Conway, the state’s attorney general, pointed to preschools and post-secondary education as two potential beneficiaries of revenue generated by legalizing casino-style ga...

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News in Brief

Panel to hire more staff to review child deaths FRANKFORT (AP) — A volunteer panel reviewing the deaths and near-deaths of abused or neglected children in Kentucky is planning to hire additional staff to analyze hundreds of social worker case files.The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that the Child Fatality and Near Fatality External Review Panel hopes to hire a lawyer by August and additional staff by fall.The panel was appropriate...

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Daily Bible Thought

Feeding your faith helps starve your fears.There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. — 1 John 4:18

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Today in History — July 11

By the Associated PressToday is Friday, July 11, the 192nd day of 2014. There are 173 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On July 11, 1914, Babe Ruth made his Major League baseball debut, pitching the Boston Red Sox to a 4-3 victory over Cleveland.On this date:In 1767, John Quincy Adams, the sixth president of the United States, was born in Braintree, Massachusetts....

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Branson looks back on playing days

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — If you’re a Cincinnati Reds fan, you certainly will remember Jeff Branson, an infielder who spent most of his nine-year major league seasons in the Queen City.Before a recent Tampa Bay Rays-Pittsburgh Pirates matchup at Tropicana Field, Branson took a brief timeout with this columnist and discussed his baseball career.Now the hitting coach for the Pirates, the 47-year-old Branson had several memorable moments of his career while playing...

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Blood drive planned at Kroger’s

Summer months are difficult for several businesses and the same is true for the community’s blood provider Medic Regional Blood Center.According to Medic officials, the organization struggles to reach the daily quota of donors necessary to adequately supply local hospitals.“Families are busier than usual with kids out of school and planning vacations; however, there’s more activities in our area which, unfortunately, can lead to accidents where blood is...

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Scarlett’s struggles

While most children her age are enjoying the summer by taking vacations with their families, spending time at the park and library or just hanging out around the house, Scarlett Burciaga has spent her summer break having surgery — again. And unfortunately, this surgery won’t be her last.At a mere age 8, Burciaga has been through more surgeries than most adults — including 13 surgeries the first year of her life. Her first set of surgeries took p...

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