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Today in History

By the Associated PressToday is Tuesday, September 30, the 273rd day of 2014. There are 92 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On September 30, 1954, the first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus, was commissioned by the U.S. Navy.On this date:In 1399, England’s King Richard II was deposed by Parliament; he was succeeded by his cousin, Henry of Bolingbro...

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Thousands attend off-road festival

The Coal Country Off-Road Festival, which took place Friday through Sunday at Wilderness Trail Off-Road Park near the U.S. 119 Trailhead, has experienced tremendous growth.What was once a small event with only a few hundred people back in 2008 when the festival first began, has since grown to be the largest ATV event in the state.This years’s festival featured guided ATV rides, a vendor area, inflatables for kids, mud drags, a haunted forest ATV ride and a concert ...

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Man arrested on trafficking drug charge

A Tennessee man was arrested Sunday at a Kentucky State Police checkpoint in Middlesboro on multiple charges, including drug trafficking.According to a press release, KSP Post 10 Criminal Interdiction Team was conducting a traffic safety checkpoint on U.S. 25E near the Cumberland Gap Tunnel in Middlesboro. While conducting the traffic safety checkpoint, Michael Lyons Jr., 19, of Johnson City, Tenn. entered the checkpoint and troopers smelled an odor of marijuana coming from the veh...

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Mason Pumpkin Festival

Anthony Cloud | Daily NewsThe Mason Pumpkin Festival took place on Saturday along KY 190. This year marked the 20th anniversary of the pumpkin festival. The event was free to the public. Pictured are children enjoying their time at the festival.

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Bell schools losing enrollment

Enrollments in eastern Kentucky public school districts, including the three in Bell County, are falling as the region continues its economic struggles amid a declining coal industry.The issue has a direct impact on school funding. The largest factor determining how much money a public school gets from the state is its average adjusted daily attendance.Bell County schools have lost nearly 1,000 students since the 1999-2000 school year. The Bell County School District is ...

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PHS royalty

Ray Welch | Daily NewsSavanna Marie Nunnelley was crowned the Pineville High School Homecoming Queen on Friday. She is the daughter of Toadie and Greg Nunnelley. She was escorted by Tanner Carroll.

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News in Brief

Coal billionaire sells most of state farmHARRODSBURG (AP) — West Virginia coal billionaire Jim Justice has sold most of a farm he purchased in central Kentucky.The Advocate-Messenger cited deeds on file in the Mercer County Clerk’s office that showed about 4,700 acres were sold on Sept. 18 to a family in Texas for roughly $26 million.Justice purchased 5,500 acres three years ago at auction for $25 million.Justice told th...

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Garden Club hosts monthly meeting

Photos submittedCumberland Park Garden Club member, Susan Gulley, center, welcomed Barbara Evans, left, and Phyllis Hopson, right, as new members by presenting them with fall mums at the September meeting.Carol Borneman, left, Cumberland Gap National Park Ranger, accepts a speakers’s gift from garden club hostesses for the September meeting Mildred Norton, center, and Carol Stapleton, right. Borneman presented a captivating program on the biology and habitat of the...

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Schools struggle as families flee coal country

PIKEVILLE (AP) — When it opened in 1990 amid boom times deep in eastern Kentucky coal country, Shelby Valley High School had nearly 1,000 students, with enough demand that it built an addition the next year. Now the mines are closing, and the school big enough for 1,200 students sits at half capacity.When the families leave, Principal Greg Napier asks them why. “Gotta have a job,” they say.

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We must extend the CHIP

From the beginning of my career in public service, I’ve always cared deeply about helping our children. When I arrived in Emmons, W.Va. as a VISTA worker, there were countless children in the community who’d never seen a doctor or a dentist. Their family just couldn’t afford it. To get them the care they needed, I packed my Jeep with kids and drove them to their first dental appointment at a clinic in Charleston.That experience, like so many of my memories from Em...

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Grimes’ ad a smokescreen for gun stance

Kentucky Secretary of State and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes has done everything in her power in this race to distance herself from President Barack Obama.She has tried to persuade voters across this state she’s not his candidate, but make no mistake about it - she is his candidate and would be a rubber stamp for him and his agenda if elected in November.In a new TV ad, Grimes is shown shooting clay pigeons and in the course of the adver...

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ColorFall helps public track leaf changes

Fall has arrived, and with it the 2014 edition of the ColorFall program touting peak foliage viewing areas and exciting autumn events around Kentucky. ColorFall is designed to aid public enjoyment and media coverage of autumn in the Bluegrass State.Coordinated by the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism and the Kentucky Department of Parks, ColorFall is now in its 29th year. ColorFall features a website (www.kentuckytourism.com/seasons) that provides a variety of information a...

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McDonald’s serving GED promotion

McDonald’s restaurants in 67 counties, including Bell and Harlan, are joining forces to encourage GED attainment with in-store promotions funded by the restaurant owners.Beginning this week, customers at restaurants represented by McDonald’s of Central and Southeastern Kentucky, Paducah Co-op, Tri-State Co-op, Tri-Cities Co-op, Evansville Co-op and Louisville Co-op will see trayliners featuring a message encouraging the attainment of a GED® test credential....

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Arts grants offered to Appalachian counties

FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Arts Council is making funding available to counties in the Appalachian region for arts projects and activities through its competitive Arts Access Assistance grant, a unique funding opportunity that targets underserved populations in the Commonwealth where the arts are not the primary emphasis.The Arts Access Assistance grant supports arts programs that serve populations whose opportunities to experience the arts may be limited by age, geographic loc...

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McConnell, Grimes differ on marijuana

LEXINGTON (AP) — Kentucky’s U.S. Senate candidates agree growing hemp is a good thing for the state, but they differ about the cannabis plant’s more potent cousin, marijuana.Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes told a statewide radio show on Thursday that she favors having a discussion on whether to legalize marijuana, especially for medical purposes.“I’m in favor of having the discussion especially to reclassify the use of marijuana. We haven&#...

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Prepare to meet thy God

(Amos 4:12) Last week at the Bell County Football Stadium the Coal Country Go Tell Crusade saw 239 public professions of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. To be saved from the curse of sin is a need we all have in common. We all, therefore, need to make preparations to meet the Living Creator God. The Old Testament prophet Amos clearly understood this when he wrote, “Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: And because I will do this unto thee, Prepare to meet thy God, O Is...

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God deserves our thanks

I have four sisters and two brothers, seven of us in all, of which I am the youngest. My next oldest sibling, my brother, is 14 years older than me. When I was a kid, he used to put together plastic model ships and tanks. I loved looking at them, they were so cool. I dare not touch them, however, because he was old enough to inflict tremendous pain on me, which he did.He had this habit, if he caught me messing with his stuff, of taking three of his fingers and popping me in the hea...

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