Jenkins nearly perfect in Bell’s 11-0 win

Bell County’s Aaron Jenkins just might be the best defensive catcher in the 13th Region but Thursday he put his arm to use in a different way. Making his debut on the mound, Jenkins was nearly perfect in spinning a five-inning no-hitter in the Bobcats’ 11-0 win over Claiborne, Tenn.Jenkins struck out eight without allowing a hit or a walk and faced the minimum 15 batters in his gem. Bulldog Aaron Faulkner was hit by a pitch with one out in the second inning for Claiborn...

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Railsplitters down UVa-Wise, 13-1

WISE, Va. — Junior infielder Nick Morabito drove in four runs on a perfect 4-for-4 day at the plate, headlining an offensive explosion for the Railsplitters in a 13-1 seven-inning romp over the University of Virginia at Wise Cavaliers in non-conference baseball action on Wednesday. Lincoln Memorial University improves to 25-12-1 overall, while the Cavaliers sink back to 9-18.

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LMU’s Wasson crowned SAC Player of Year

ROCK HILL, S.C. — Lincoln Memorial University’s Rand Wasson was named the South Atlantic Conference Men’s Golf Player of the Year, headlining a group of three Railsplitters honored with All-SAC distinctions, the league office announced on Thursday. Junior Braden Galyon was tabbed with All-SAC First Team laurels, while Tre Mullins was named honorable mention. The Railsplitters were the only team with two first-team selections and one of only two teams with three total honoree...

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BCVFD to hold open house at Colmar fire station

With hopes of a community turnout similar to one held recently at Arjay, the Bell County Volunteer Fire Department (BCVFD) has scheduled an open house for the Colmar fire station.The announcement was made during the regular BCVFD meeting on Tuesday. The event is scheduled to take place from noon to 5 p.m. on April 26.“Let’s do this station over at Colmar like we did Arjay,” said BCVFD President Adron Wilson. “Let’s go over and show our parti...

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Panel approves amended clerk budget

The Bell County Fiscal Court approved an amended fee budget for the clerk’s office during their meeting on Tuesday. The budget had to be amended because the county recently received a new clerk, following the abrupt retirement of former clerk Becky Blevins.“The clerk’s office is a busy office,” said Judge-Executive Albey Brock. It does a lot of things other than just tag vehicles and record deeds.”The panel also had to approve amended annual...

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Absentee voting schedule to begin May 2

The Bell County Board of Elections held a regular meeting on Tuesday to discuss event dates for the upcoming election in May. The first day for absentee voting will be on May 2 in the Bell County Courthouse.Bell County Clerk Rob Lincks said there are plans to set up the voting machines on April 21 with machine inspections taking place on May 13. Candidates will be invited to the inspections to guarantee ultimate transparency, said Lincks.Election school is slated for May...

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History bus brings artifacts, information

Students at Pineville Elementary School and Yellow Creek School Center were able to visit the Kentucky Historical Society HistoryMobile on Thursday and today.The HistoryMobile details key events in the history of 8 Kentuckians lives throughout the Civil War. Students were able to see artifacts, read quotes and see short movies about aspects of life from 1861 to 1865.The bus included information about the commonwealth’s importance as a battleground state where there...

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Cumberland Gap Sewer Board to purchase new pump

Officials at Cumberland Gap have spent the past several months dealing with sewer problems.Alderman Chuck Coffey explained the current situation at a recent Board of Mayor and Alderman (BMA) meeting. Not long ago, the town had to purchase two new pumps — one of which was a rebuilt pump. According to Coffey, there is now only one pump being ran at Tiprell. Normally there are two pumps running alternatively to maintain the town’s septic needs but the recently purchased re...

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Volunteers make a difference

National Volunteer Week is a time to celebrate and recognize the contributions of those who willingly donate their time and efforts to serve others.Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) is proud of the 345 individuals who volunteer at its hospitals in Kentucky and West Virginia.“Volunteers are essential to the overall care provided at all ARH facilities,” says ARH President and CEO Joe Grossman. “Whether it is counseling patients as a chaplain, helping ...

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Clonce, Roberts to wed

It’s with pleasure that Gary Clonce and Amy Roberts announce their engagement. Gary and Amy will be united in marriage at 4 p.m. on April 19 at Gibson Station Missionary Baptist Church in Ewing, Va. All friends and family are invited to attend.

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2014 Repair Affair is coming up

The 2014 Bell County Repair Affair is scheduled April 26, beginning at 8 a.m.The Repair Affair is a one-day event to fix or spruce up homes of the elderly or persons with disabilities who need a little help to maintain their home.Besides helping someone in the community, as a volunteer you will make new friends, have a good time and have a sense of accomplishment at day’s end.The Repair Affair is an all-volunteer event accomplished by people of all ages,...

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Legislature’s cuts endanger state coal miners as industry seeks rollback in enforcement

Just as Kentucky’s legislature is gutting the state’s mine safety program, coal operators from Eastern Kentucky are urging Congress to hamstring federal enforcement of mine safety laws because “we have a complete secondary layer of inspection at the state level” and “states do things the right way.”The quotations are from Charles J. Baird, chairman of the Pikeville-based Coal Operators and Associates in testimony March 25 before a subcommittee of...

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Demonizing the Kochs

WASHINGTON — Rush Limbaugh can relax. The popular “demon of the right” has been replaced at least through the midterms by the Koch brothers, Charles and David.Who?Exactly. Though cable and online news junkies know the names, the vast majority of Americans probably have no idea who the Kochs are. They’re about to find out.For the uninitiated, the brothers are libertarian billionaires whose vast industries in petroleum, asphalt, natural g...

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No more ‘backsliding’ for US women

We have had several thought-provoking conversations recently about a new and surprising description of women’s status in America. According to the latest Shriver Report, A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink, a study by journalist Maria Shriver and the Washington think tank Center for American Progress, American women are at risk of “backsliding” from their achievements in rights and opportunities over the past half-century.

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Women give Grimes blessing to keep donation

FRANKFORT (AP) — Two women at the center of a sexual harassment scandal told U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes to keep a $250 campaign donation from a former Democratic lawmaker accused of sexually harassing the two women at the state Capitol.Grimes said Wednesday she would keep the donation after a 30-minute phone conversation with Cassaundra Cooper and Yolanda Costner, both aides to House Democratic leaders who say former state Rep. John Arnold t...

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Expansion at Hazard hospital nearly complete

HAZARD (AP) — A $47 million expansion project at the Appalachian Regional Healthcare hospital in Hazard is nearly complete.WYMT-TV reports the new three-story addition called the Joe Craft Tower has 50 patient rooms and 16 ICU beds. It also has a helipad on the top of the tower.“Instead of flying their patients out to Lexington, they can fly their patients into here,” said ER Director Bart Francis, “And hopefully they’ll see ...

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Other Viewpoint: Fort Hood shootings

It is too early to know what drove an attacker in uniform who ended and shattered lives at Fort Hood, Texas, for the second time in five years. On Thursday, a soldier identified as Spc. Ivan Lopez wounded 16 people on the post and killed three before placing his gun to his head and ending his own life. In 2009, Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan killed 13 and wounded 30 at the same Army post.Speculation is cheap. Lives are not. And the issues potentially involved in this latest, violent...

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