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Lone Jack School Center hosts open house

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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.


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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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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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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Celebrating 50 years of Appalachian traditions

Brenda Ferguson’s primary art class at Lone Jack School Center submitted artwork in the annual Swappin’ Meetin’ held on the Cumberland campus Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College held earlier this month.The Kingdom Come Swappin’ Meetin’ celebrated its 50th year; therefore, the theme of the art was centered around “50 Years of Appalachian Traditions.” Through artwork, students told stories of the mountains and the traditions that...

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That’s manufactured in Kentucky?

FRANKFORT — Did you know Kentucky is home to the largest peanut butter production facility in the world? That’s just one of thousands of products made in KentuckyWhile Kentucky is widely known for automobiles, bourbon and award-winning thoroughbreds, the commonwealth is a melting pot for manufacturing.Kentucky is home to more than 4,000 manufacturers, representing 220,000 jobs. Last year alone, more than 200 manufacturers announced new locations or expansions...

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City acquires new vehicles

The city of Middlesboro revealed two additions to the street and sewer departments on Friday in the form of two new vehicles.The street department received a new street sweeper and the sewer department received a new truck from Tim Short Chrysler of Middlesboro.Mayor Bill Kelley said it’s been a three-year program for the city to be able to get to where they could buy the sewer department vehicle.“It’s been because of the men out here,”...

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Sunrise at the Pinnacle

Kelsey Gerhardt | Daily NewsThe changing weather this week provides varying cloud types, especially early in the morning. A sunrise before the storms is seen from the Pinnacle in Cumberland Gap National Park.

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CGHS homecoming candidates

Photo submittedCumberland Gap High School football homecoming festivities will be held Friday during halftime. Homecoming candidates are pictured, from left, front row: Jenifer Spurlock, Breanna Poteat, Brooklyn Creech, Emily Mullins, Kennedy White, Emily McFarland and Tabatha Bolton; back row: Hannah Price, Sarah Stevens, Mackenzie Williams, Emma Barnes, Latasha Ellison, Nikita Osborne and Shelby Buell.

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Hoots ‘N’ Haints Family Festival planned

BIG STONE GAP, Va. — Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park will present the annual Hoots ‘N’ Haints Family Festival on Oct. 31, from 5-8 p.m.Trick-or-treaters (and their families) are invited to the museum’s grounds for an evening of fun activities and games.If you dare, take a stroll through the “Haunted Moat” and see what waits in the shadows. For a bit of bouncy fun, enter the inflatable “Ghost Train” or climb ...

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