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Kelsey Gerhardt

Position: Reporter
E-Mail Address: kgerhardt@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: (606) 248-1010
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During a Bell County Tourism Commission meeting on Tuesday, the board voted to give the city of Pineville funding for improvements to the newly acquired Bell Theater.
The board approved a total of $40,000 to purchase a new projector for events at the Bell Theater and an additional $20,000 for renovations to the restrooms and walkways in the theate

Bell back on track

During a Bell County Tourism Commission meeting on Tuesday, the board voted to give the city of Pineville funding for improvements to the newly acquired Bell Theater. The board approved a total of $40,000 to purchase a new projector for events at the Bell Theater and an additional $20,000 for renovations to the restrooms and walkways in the theate

During a Meet and Greet at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park on Friday, rangers and park staff spoke with visitors about visitor numbers from the past year, the current status of the park and upcoming events.
CGNHP saw a 15 percent increase in visitor numbers last year. Ranger Carol Borneman believes this can be attributed to an array of gui

New programming discussed

During a Meet and Greet at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park on Friday, rangers and park staff spoke with visitors about visitor numbers from the past year, the current status of the park and upcoming events. CGNHP saw a 15 percent increase in visitor numbers last year. Ranger Carol Borneman believes this can be attributed to an array of gui

Meet Wesley! He is a 1-year-old male Chihuahua available from the Bell County Animal Shelter. Wesley is very sweet and loves to be petted. His adoption fee is $70. Wesley is up-to-date on shots and is neutered. If you are interested in meeting Wesley or any other of the adoptable pets, the shelter can be reached at 606-337-6331.

Pet of the Week

Meet Wesley! He is a 1-year-old male Chihuahua available from the Bell County Animal Shelter. Wesley is very sweet and loves to be petted. His adoption fee is $70. Wesley is up-to-date on shots and is neutered. If you are interested in meeting Wesley or any other of the adoptable pets, the shelter can be reached at 606-337-6331.

Spring has sprung and that means many people are spending more time outside in one of the natural beauties in the Tri-State. Hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, fishing, kayaking and canoeing are just some of the possibilities for outdoor springtime activities.
The Tri-State Regional Trails Committee met on Tuesday to emphasize the cooperat

Trails committee meets

Spring has sprung and that means many people are spending more time outside in one of the natural beauties in the Tri-State. Hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, fishing, kayaking and canoeing are just some of the possibilities for outdoor springtime activities. The Tri-State Regional Trails Committee met on Tuesday to emphasize the cooperat

Hitting the trails

Middlesboro may soon have a new certification thanks to a dedicated group of volunteers for the Trail Town project. Sub-committee heads met Wednesday afternoon to progress the city in the name of outdoor tourism development. “The point of the group is to develop Middlesboro into a certified Kentucky Trail Town. We want to see progress in s

As you drove along U.S. 25E last week you might have seen two men with huge backpacks walking alongside the road.
These men, Curtis Penix and Givan Fox, are chasing a dream and a part of their family history.
Penix began his journey on March 10 near Kingsport, Tennessee, with a pack weighing over 40 pounds. He has hiked the original path used by

Hiking through history

As you drove along U.S. 25E last week you might have seen two men with huge backpacks walking alongside the road. These men, Curtis Penix and Givan Fox, are chasing a dream and a part of their family history. Penix began his journey on March 10 near Kingsport, Tennessee, with a pack weighing over 40 pounds. He has hiked the original path used by

The monthly ARH Lunch and Learn event was held Thursday afternoon in the classroom at Middlesboro ARH Hospital. This month's speaker, Dr. Vicente Kaw, spoke about female heart health.
This event was originally scheduled for late February — American Heart Month — but was rescheduled due to inclement weather.
Kaw specializes in cardiolo

Heart health at ARH

The monthly ARH Lunch and Learn event was held Thursday afternoon in the classroom at Middlesboro ARH Hospital. This month's speaker, Dr. Vicente Kaw, spoke about female heart health. This event was originally scheduled for late February — American Heart Month — but was rescheduled due to inclement weather. Kaw specializes in cardiolo

Meet Sheena! She is a 4-year-old female Australian Cattle dog/ Red Heeler mix available from the Bell County Animal Shelter. Sheena is sweet, loves to walk, run and play, and would make a great addition to someone's home. She would make a great companion whether on a big farm or in the city. Her adoption fee is $70. Sheena is up-to-date on shots an

Pet of the Week

Meet Sheena! She is a 4-year-old female Australian Cattle dog/ Red Heeler mix available from the Bell County Animal Shelter. Sheena is sweet, loves to walk, run and play, and would make a great addition to someone's home. She would make a great companion whether on a big farm or in the city. Her adoption fee is $70. Sheena is up-to-date on shots an

Students at Middlesboro Elementary School were given some tips to improve their writing by George Ella Lyon recently.
Lyon is a Harlan County native who was recently named a Kentucky Poet Laureate for 2015 and 2016. She mentions her local roots in many of her poems and stories.
“It's a ticket that gets writers out in the community and meeti

Local writing gives roots

Students at Middlesboro Elementary School were given some tips to improve their writing by George Ella Lyon recently. Lyon is a Harlan County native who was recently named a Kentucky Poet Laureate for 2015 and 2016. She mentions her local roots in many of her poems and stories. “It's a ticket that gets writers out in the community and meeti

Snow make-up scheduled

During a regular meeting of the Middlesboro Board of Education on Tuesday evening, the board voted to revise the remaining calendar due to snow days. The calendar was amended as follows:Use 2 days of spring break as makeup instructional days — March 30 and 31;G-Day on May 19 (no students);G-Day on May 25 (no students);Last day for students (h

As you drive along U.S. 25E this week you might see two men with huge backpacks walking alongside the road. There is no need to offer them a ride because these men, Curtis Penix and Givan Fox, are chasing a dream and a part of their family history.
Penix began his journey on March 10 near Kingsport, Tenn. with a pack weighing over 40 pounds. He ha

Hiking through history

As you drive along U.S. 25E this week you might see two men with huge backpacks walking alongside the road. There is no need to offer them a ride because these men, Curtis Penix and Givan Fox, are chasing a dream and a part of their family history. Penix began his journey on March 10 near Kingsport, Tenn. with a pack weighing over 40 pounds. He ha

As you drive along U.S. 25E this week you might see two men with huge backpacks walking alongside the road. There is no need to offer them a ride because these men, Curtis Penix and Givan Fox, are chasing a dream and a part of their family history.
Penix began his journey on March 10 near Kingsport, Tenn. with a pack weighing over 40 pounds. He ha

Hiking through history

As you drive along U.S. 25E this week you might see two men with huge backpacks walking alongside the road. There is no need to offer them a ride because these men, Curtis Penix and Givan Fox, are chasing a dream and a part of their family history. Penix began his journey on March 10 near Kingsport, Tenn. with a pack weighing over 40 pounds. He ha

Kelsey Gerhardt|Daily News
Hikers Curtis Penix and Givan Fox were accompanied by Pineville Mayor Scott Madon as they crossed the Cumberland River on their way to Fort Boonesborough. Their 200-mile journey will follow in the steps of Daniel Boone.

Hikers cross Cumberland Ford

Kelsey Gerhardt|Daily News Hikers Curtis Penix and Givan Fox were accompanied by Pineville Mayor Scott Madon as they crossed the Cumberland River on their way to Fort Boonesborough. Their 200-mile journey will follow in the steps of Daniel Boone.

Kelsey Gerhardt|Daily News
Boone Trace hikers celebrated their accomplishments during a reception Monday at the Bell County Historical Society. Hikers Curtis Penix and Givan Fox are trekking to Fort Boonesborough and will arrive on March 26. Pictured are, from left: Dr. John Fox, Curtis Penix, Kirby Smith, Givan Fox, Steve Cawood and Larry Penix.

Hiking through history

Kelsey Gerhardt|Daily News Boone Trace hikers celebrated their accomplishments during a reception Monday at the Bell County Historical Society. Hikers Curtis Penix and Givan Fox are trekking to Fort Boonesborough and will arrive on March 26. Pictured are, from left: Dr. John Fox, Curtis Penix, Kirby Smith, Givan Fox, Steve Cawood and Larry Penix.

Middlesboro Middle School hosted a speaker on Friday whose message hits close to home for students.
Dr. Roger Cleveland, former MHS football player and graduate, now travels the state and speaks to groups of students about furthering their education and staying in school.
Cleveland is a professor at Eastern Kentucky University and now lives in Le

Speaker encourages at MMS

Middlesboro Middle School hosted a speaker on Friday whose message hits close to home for students. Dr. Roger Cleveland, former MHS football player and graduate, now travels the state and speaks to groups of students about furthering their education and staying in school. Cleveland is a professor at Eastern Kentucky University and now lives in Le

March 8 was honored as International Women's Day, which marks achievements of females throughout history across the globe.
Jennifer Williams is a Middlesboro resident who has much reason to celebrate. As the only saleswoman at the Tim Short Dodge car dealership, Williams understands perseverance and working toward a goal — no matter your gen

Woman in a man's world

March 8 was honored as International Women's Day, which marks achievements of females throughout history across the globe. Jennifer Williams is a Middlesboro resident who has much reason to celebrate. As the only saleswoman at the Tim Short Dodge car dealership, Williams understands perseverance and working toward a goal — no matter your gen

Pine Mountain State Resort Park will soon be receiving a new attraction that will give guests an educational and fun experience.
According to Pine Mountain Park Manager Rita Edmondson construction should be beginning soon on a zip line and canopy tour at the park.
The attraction is being designed and built by Pyramid Engineering from Lexington an

Zipping to Pine Mountain

Pine Mountain State Resort Park will soon be receiving a new attraction that will give guests an educational and fun experience. According to Pine Mountain Park Manager Rita Edmondson construction should be beginning soon on a zip line and canopy tour at the park. The attraction is being designed and built by Pyramid Engineering from Lexington an

Meet Lucy! She is a 3-year-old Feist mix available from the Bell County Animal Shelter. Lucy is sweet, loves attention and would make a great addition to someone's home. Her adoption fee is $70. Lucy is up-to-date on shots and is spayed. If you are interested in meeting Lucy or any other of the adoptable pets, the shelter can be reached at 606-337-

Pet of the Week

Meet Lucy! She is a 3-year-old Feist mix available from the Bell County Animal Shelter. Lucy is sweet, loves attention and would make a great addition to someone's home. Her adoption fee is $70. Lucy is up-to-date on shots and is spayed. If you are interested in meeting Lucy or any other of the adoptable pets, the shelter can be reached at 606-337-

Meet Kobi! Kobi is available from the Bell County Animal Shelter. Kobi is looking for a forever home full of love and attention. This pet's adoption fee is $70. If you are interested in meeting Kobi or any other of the adoptable pets, the shelter can be reached at 606-337-6331.

Pet of the Week

Meet Kobi! Kobi is available from the Bell County Animal Shelter. Kobi is looking for a forever home full of love and attention. This pet's adoption fee is $70. If you are interested in meeting Kobi or any other of the adoptable pets, the shelter can be reached at 606-337-6331.

Kelsey Gerhardt|Daily News
Middlesboro High School science teacher Willie Blechschmidt gave mini-science lessons during the Children's Reading Foundation of Appalachia Read Across America Event on Saturday. Hayden and Gavin Sherman are first-graders at Middlesboro Elementary and learned about properties of soap. Hundreds of families visited the Mi

Hands-on learning

Kelsey Gerhardt|Daily News Middlesboro High School science teacher Willie Blechschmidt gave mini-science lessons during the Children's Reading Foundation of Appalachia Read Across America Event on Saturday. Hayden and Gavin Sherman are first-graders at Middlesboro Elementary and learned about properties of soap. Hundreds of families visited the Mi





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