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Hale helps Jackets break out of slump with two-hitter

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Brandon Hale was a one-man slump buster for the visiting Middlesboro Yellow Jackets on Wednesday in a 14-0 rout of Harlan.The junior pitcher/first baseman tossed a two-hitter with eight strikeouts and no walks in the five-inning, supplying more than enough offense by himself with two doubles and two singles in a six-RBI performance.“He had a heck of a day at the plate,” Middlesboro coach John Smith said. “We have been struggling all year, and nobody is worried about Middlesboro now. We’re kicking it all over the field and letting teams stay in it that shouldn’t. We stayed back a little better today on the off-speed stuff and hit it hard. I hope we’re moving in the right direction.


Facility discussions continue at Bell school board meeting

The Bell County Board of Education continued discussions about facility projects during the regular meeting on Tuesday. The board approved a BG-1 for Bell Central modular units.Title I Supervisor Jeff Saylor said they will be able to complete about 50 to 65 percent of the project during the summer. There will be a need to rotate classrooms from August to December in order for to take place in the phasing plan developed by RossTarrant Architects.Saylor said two modular un...

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Smithfield takes PRIDE in canal

Smithfield led their fourth annual cleanup Wednesday along the canal in Middlesboro as part of Kentucky’s PRIDE initiative.The nine volunteers from Smithfield collected seven bags of trash and waste as well as shopping carts and tires along the banks of the canal.Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment (PRIDE) spans 42 counties in the Commonwealth. It was launched in 1997 by Congressman Hal Rogers and Gen. James Bickford to encourage citizens to restore ...

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Second Saturday event kicks off in the Gap

The first Second Saturday event of the season kicked off this past weekend in Cumberland Gap, Tenn. Local performers included the Washtub Singers, Gyve Turkey, Salina Ely and the dulcimer duo of Brittany and Phil.The event was entitled April Showers and participants decorated umbrellas which were displayed in the foliage at Festival Park.Local business owner Steve Moore of The Frame Shop received attention for his unique motorcycle themed umbrella. The artwork...

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Servolution holds health clinic grand opening

Servolution Health Services held its dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting Monday evening in Speedwell.Members of the community gathered at the clinic to take tours of the facility and hear guest speakers and religious leaders at the dedication service.SHS offers dental and medical care for qualifying community members who are at or below the 200 percent poverty guideline and are without insurance. These services are provided due to grants, monetary donations and volunt...

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SelfRefind opens expanded location in Barbourville

SelfRefind, a privately owned group specializing in addiction treatment, opened an expanded location in Barbourville on March 31.SelfRefind currently operates 17 locations across Kentucky and Ohio, providing physician directed treatment for those addicted to opiates and alcohol.“We’ve seen high demand for our services throughout all locations,” said Jamie Durham, CEO.“Our Barbourville location required an expansion to meet the needs of ...

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Board approves new position

The Middlesboro Board of Education (BOE) met on Tuesday for their regular monthly meeting. Among items discussed was the creation of a new position – Innovation Coordinator.Superintendent Steve Martin explained the new position would stem from the acquisition of a new grant the district had applied for and as such would not be an additional cost.“This (position) will not be any cost to the district,” explained Martin.He also pointed out the p...

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Improve your ‘investment environment’

On April 22, we celebrate Earth Day — a day devoted to education and action on environmental issues. As a citizen of the world, you may have a keen interest in protecting your physical surroundings. And as someone trying to reach long-term financial goals, such as a comfortable retirement, you’re probably also interested in improving your investment environment.So here are a few suggestions:

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KCEOC to host home ownership workshop

The American dream is to own a home.KCEOC believes that dream is still alive striving to provide clients with powerful knowledge that will help them achieve their dreams of home ownership with the Yes You Can program.Yes You Can is a free program that teaches prospective home buyers how to become successful homeowners. KCEOC has housing counselors on staff to educate and prepare clients for home ownership through Yes You Can workshops.

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Trial lawyer is a hero

“I need a hero. I’m holding out for a hero ‘til the end of the night.He’s gotta be strongAnd he’s gotta be fastAnd he’s gotta be fresh from the fight” — Jim SteinmanOne of the great moments of my life was sitting next to legendary Louisville attorney Frank Haddad at a luncheon when he found that he had received the first Peter Perlman Outstanding Trial Lawyer award f...

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Road-spending plan passes state legislature

FRANKFORT (AP) — Kentucky House and Senate lawmakers agreed Tuesday to a $4.1 billion road-spending plan on the Legislature’s final day, avoiding an expensive special session.The plan includes $5.2 billion worth of projects throughout the state. But as much as 25 percent of that money will not be spent. Lawmakers said they like to include a cushion in case some projects are delayed because of environmental concerns or problems acquiring land.

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Community Calendar —April 16

To place an announcement 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 should be submitted no later than four days before the event. If information is received in time, it will be published one or two days before the event. Announcements will not be accepted by phone.

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Easter Calendar

TODAY-FRIDAYHOLY WEEK CELEBRATION (Seven last words of Jesus on the Cross) will begin at 7 p.m. nightly through Friday at Bethel Baptist Church, located at 520 Tenn. Avenue in Pineville. Guest speakers: Evangelist, pastors, prophets, teachers and apostles. For transportation, call 606-499-5058 or 606-248-8768. Pastor Robert Cornett and congregation welcomes everyone.The HOLY WEEK schedule for Pineville includes: April 16, Catholi...

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US-Israel ties

Even before its establishment, the State of Israel had a special relationship with the U.S. - and for good reason. On an ideological level, Israel is a country that reflects America’s founding spirit. Similar to the founding fathers of America, who were primarily Protestants escaping religious persecution, Zionists of all stripes were motivated by the need, particularly after the Holocaust, to empower the Jewish people with national self-determination as a means of escaping endemic anti...

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SKCTC Middlesboro library receives grant

A grant from the Kentucky Book Fair will allow for the acquisition of leisure reading materials — especially graphic novels — for the library on the Middlesboro campus of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College.Lisa A. Ahlstedt, a librarian at the campus, said a grant for $750 has been awarded. The funding was made by Kentucky Book Fair Inc., a nonprofit organization founded to coordinate the annual fair with all proceeds going for support of Kentucky’s...

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Daily Bible Thought — April 16

God’s arms are always open to welcome anyone home.You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.— Galatians 3:26

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Today in History — April 16

By the Associated Press Today is Wednesday, April 16, the 106th day of 2014. There are 259 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On April 16, 1964, The Rolling Stones’ first album, eponymously titled “The Rolling Stones,” was released in the United Kingdom by Decca Records (a slightly different version debuted in the United States a month and a-half later).On this da...

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National Osteopathic Medicine Week is April 13-19

Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) announces National Osteopathic Medicine (NOM) Week is April 13-19.NOM Week brings the osteopathic medical profession together to focus on one common goal — increasing awareness of osteopathic medicine and osteopathic physicians, or D.O.s, in communities across the country.An annual event organized by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). D.O.s are fully licensed to prescribe medicat...

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