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Williams indicted on theft charges

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A Pineville woman was recently indicted after allegedly passing worthless checks at Pineville Pawn Shop.Tanisha A. Williams, 24, was indicted by the Bell County Grand Jury on three counts of theft by deception over $500.According to the indictment, Williams passed three checks on the account of Carolyn S. Williams at the pawn shop and obtained $850 in cash each time. In total she received $2,550.The alleged thefts occurred on Jan. 22 and Jan. 23. She was arrested on the charges on Feb. 6. The investigating officer for the case was Pineville Police Det. Kevin Goodin.


Jailer raises concern over woman brought to jail injured

Bell County Jailer Rex Miller voiced a concern during a recent Middlesboro City Council meeting.A woman was brought to jail in late March with a broken leg. Miller said when Middlesboro Police Chief Jeff Sharpe was contacted about the woman’s health, he became belligerent and denied her treatment.Miller explained the current policy reads that if an arresting officer believes the arrested person is injured first take them to a doctor, have them checked out and then ...

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Man flown to hospital following coal truck wreck

One man was injured following a single-vehicle wreck off of KY 221 on Thursday. According to Bell County Volunteer Fire Department public relations officer Bucky Shelby, a coal truck had flipped over, landing on its driver side. In the process of flipping, the truck struck the driver causing multiple injuries.Shelby said the wreck occurred at Straight Creek Coal Mines at the Bell and Harlan county line. The victim was flown from the scene of the wreck by AirEvac to Holston Valley M...

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Autism month gives children a chance to be themselves

Autism affects one in every 68 children in America and still many families without autistic children do not know much about the disorder.Margaret Earls is a local mother with an autistic son and is familiar with the hardships faced by autistic children. Earls works not only to help families with autistic children, but also to educate families without autistic kids.All families enjoy seeing a movie on the big screen but the loud sounds, changing lights and sometimes even ...

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Fiscal Court holds first budget reading

The Bell County Fiscal Court held a special-called meeting on Thursday to hold the first reading of the 2014-2015 proposed budget. Bell County Judge-Executive Albey Brock said although the budget was tough to put together, it is a good budget. He credits having a good budget to Erma Brooks and Clara Miracle.“Erma and Clara put a tremendous amount of work into preparing this budget for the court and for myself,” said Brock.Brock said putting together a budget ...

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4-H club learns wilderness survival

Photo submittedThe Bell County 4-H Community Club met April 12 for their regular monthly meeting. The 4-H program for April was wilderness survival taught by Richard Mason, Bell County 4-H club leader. Richard also showed a video to members about 4-H camp – Bell County youth camp at J.M. Feltner 4-H Camp near London on June 9-12. The Bell County 4-H Community Club meets the second Saturday of each month. If you are interested in joining 4-H or attending 4-H camp, contact the ...

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Forestry economic impact: Improved in 2013, looks better for 2014

Kentucky’s forests are a significant component of Kentucky’s economy, and a University of Kentucky economic impact study by UK forestry experts found that 2014 looks bright for increased economic growth in the state’s forestry industries.Jeff Stringer, UK extension professor for hardwood silviculture and forest operations, Billy Thomas, extension associate for family forest education, Bobby Ammerman, extension associate for secondary forest industry, and Alison Da...

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State hemlock trees face serious threat

Tens of millions of Kentucky hemlock trees are at risk from a bug—just 1/16 of an inch in size — that literally sucks the life out of the tree by feeding on the starches that are the tree’s food source. The Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (uh-DEL-jid), which has no natural predators, has infested trees in nearly a quarter of the state’s 120 counties, mostly in southeastern Kentucky, but also as far west as Lexington.

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