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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.middlesborodailynews.com. For more details, call 606-909-4145.


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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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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Record month for rain in region

There’s been a lot of rain across the area this month, much more than is normal, according to the National Weather Service.For many of the NWS’s observing sites across eastern Kentucky, this has been the wettest start to October on record, the agency reports.Locally, the Baxter recording site had received 7.95 inches of rain this month as of Monday. The normal average for the month is 2.89 inches. The October record high is 9.22 in 1977 and the record low is ...

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Post 10 plans ‘Shop with A Trooper’ Halloween fundraiser

CORBIN – Kentucky State Police, Post 10 will be hosting a Halloween yogurt hop at Froyoz in Corbin on Oct. 28, from 4 to 8 p.m.Froyoz is located in the Tri-County Shopping Center and offers a wide variety of ice cream flavors and delicious toppings.The proceeds of this charity event will go to fund Post 10’s Shop with a Trooper program that is designed to ensure a Merry Christmas for the areas needy children.The success of the annual Shop with a Tr...

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Proud sweep of history

Pay attention to this moment. This week alone stands as proud evidence of Western Civilization’s inevitable march toward freedom and equality. Collectively, we have resisted, fought, even slipped backward at times. But eventually, we are always shown that our faith in the rights of all men is not unfounded.The New York Times reported Monday that “an assembly of Roman Catholic bishops convened by Pope Francis at the Vatican released a preliminary document on Monday calli...

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Horrors of the justice system

Several years ago, a police court judge we will call Billy T. was presiding and threw a man in jail for not paying his bills. His young lawyer immediately objected and said, “Judge, the United States Supreme Court said you can’t put people in jail for not paying their debts. Any fool can see that.”A pause went over the courtroom. Billy T. said, “Here is the problem. You are not in the United States Supreme Court. You are in my court, and the man is going to ...

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Upcoming American Shakespeare Company productions scheduled

The American Shakespeare Company will stage two productions this weekend sponsored by Pro-Art Association and the University of Virginia’s College at Wise Cultural Arts Series.“Faustus” will be presented in the Gilliam Center on the UVa-Wise campus beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free.In Christopher Marlowe’s tale of the struggle between good and evil, Faustus sells his soul, not for riches but for knowledge and power. In his mast...

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Battle of Leatherwood reenactment slated

A reenactment of the Battle of Leatherwood will take place on Friday through Sunday in Cornettsville.The event will kick off on Friday with an Education Day for all regional schools with demonstrations of pioneer living activities, such as soap or salt making, a period school and General Store as well as Civil War demonstrations of weapons, a cannon, camp site, map maker, undertaker, etc.Saturday events begin at 9 a.m. with weapons demonstrations, craft demonstrations, t...

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