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Collett indicted on fraud charge

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The Bell County Grand Jury has indicted a Pineville woman who allegedly lied to receive over $26,000 in benefits. Valerie J. Collett, 47, was indicted for false statement or misrepresentation to receive benefits over $100, a Class D felony.According to the indictment, Collett was indicted for “knowingly and unlawfully making false statements or misrepresentation by other means and failing to disclose a material fact used in determining the defendant’s qualification to receive benefits under any assistance program.”Collett allegedly received $26,079.53 in benefits that she was not legally entitled to. The indictment states the acts took place between October 2006 to April 2012.

 

Dove season begins Monday

FRANKFORT – The diminishing daylight hours, foggy mornings and slightly different angle of the daytime sun informs hunters the best time of year is upon us.Dove season opens on Labor Day, Monday, statewide. This season, hunters have an additional 20 days to pursue doves, with most of those days scheduled for the last two segments of the season. The opening segment of dove season closes Oct. 26. Dove season opens again Nov. 27 and closes Dec. 7. The third segment opens Dec. 20...

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A retired coal miner’s story

As I walked into This ‘N That at Benham earlier this month, I saw a few people seated at a table at the back of the store, drinking their morning coffee and enjoying the day’s conversation. Within no time at all, I had asked them three or four questions and learned a particular piece of information that made me sad.

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Today in History

By the Associated PressToday is Saturday, August 30, the 242nd day of 2014. There are 123 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On August 30, 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, which was intended to promote private development of nuclear energy.On this date:In 1861, Union Gen. John C. Fremont instituted martial law in Missouri and...

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Friday’s football scores

TENNESSEECumberland Gap 18, North Greene 14KENTUCKYPineville 28, South Floyd 0Adair Co. 74, Caverna 28Anderson Co. 42, George Rogers Clark 6Ballard Memorial 45, Fulton City 6Berea 18, Nicholas Co. 14Boone Co. 35, Conner 13Breathitt Co. 29, Jackson Co. 20Bullitt Central 49, Lou. Fairdale 28Bullitt East 39, Nelson Co. 25Caldwell Co...

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Raven Rock 5K Trail Run, Hike Challenge scheduled

Raynemaker Events will present the first annual Raven Rock 5K Trail Run/Hike Challenge and Kids Fun Race on Sept. 6 at Kingdom Come State Park in Cumberland.This is a true single path trails. The cost on race day will be $25, run; $15, hike; $10, Kids Fun Race (all kids get T-shirts/awards).Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the gazebo located near the lake entrance.Kids race around the lake begins at 9:30 a.m.Awards will be given to the top three in ...

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Community Calendar

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. For more information, call 606-909-4145...

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Ice Bucket Challenge a great idea

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gerhig’s disease, is a horrible illness.It’s a progressive disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons from ALS eventually leads to death.Sadly, having Lou Gerhig’s disease is a death sentence. For those who have witnessed it up close,...

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Porter enters guilty plea

A Detroit, Mich. man entered guilty pleas on two separate indictments in Bell Circuit Court on Thursday.Pacino Hallan Porter, 39, pleaded guilty to several drug charges on the first indictment and a receiving stolen property charge on the second.Porter pleaded guilty to first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of a meth precursor and giving officers false name...

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A Mission of Hope

Ray Welch | Daily NewsThe Mission of Hope from Knoxville, Tenn. visited Yellow Creek School Center on Thursday to give away backpacks, personal hygiene products and schools supplies to students in attendance. They were assisted by the First Baptist Church of Maryville, Tenn. and Evert Hills Baptist Church of Maryville.

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Fatal shooting of child spurs call to end violence

LOUISVILLE (AP) — The fatal shooting of a 1-year-old girl has spurred family members and community activists to call for an end to violence in the area.Police say an unknown assailant killed the child on Wednesday and wounded her mother as they sat on a porch outside their home in Louisville’s west end.The Courier-Journal reports police have been called to the community 74 times in August alone.On Thursday, the child’s great grandmother, Sher...

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Count your blessings any day

The average American is happy to have a paying job with the opportunity to make a little more money. Most Americans would like to work a few extra hours when they could. However, many Americans dream of retiring to fish, golf, garden or relax. Others enjoy working so much that they never quit.It all depends on the kind of work you do. If you are a coal miner, then retirement at 55 looks great. If the daily manual labor is not too overtaxing then many enjoy staying on the job.

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News in Brief

Man cited for mining coal without a permitFRANKFORT (AP) — Kentucky officials have cited an eastern Kentucky man for illegally mining coal in Letcher County.The Kentucky Division of Mine Safety and the Division of Mine Reclamation and Enforcement say Bryan Lee Wagner mined about 700 tons of coal at a surface mine. He has been charged with mining without a permit and mining without a license.In a violation notice, Wagner, who headed the s...

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Does your job pay enough?

As Americans get ready to celebrate Labor Day, one question many workers may be asking themselves is are they getting paid enough for their labors?Even though the recession of a few years ago has ended, those who have jobs are working fewer hours for less money than they once were.Workers in Harlan County, which has been hit by a sizable loss of jobs due to the decline of the coal industry, are faring worse than those in other areas of Kentucky and the United States....

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Today in History

By the Associated PressToday is Friday, August 29, the 241st day of 2014. There are 124 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On August 29, 1944, 15,000 American troops of the 28th Infantry Division marched down the Champs Elysees (shahms ay-lee-ZAY’) in Paris as the French capital continued to celebrate its liberation from the Nazis.On this date:In 1533, the last...

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Claiborne downs Lady Jackets 5-2

TAZEWELL, Tenn. — Claiborne senior forward Ashley Woodward scored four goals and assisted on another to lead the Lady Bulldogs to a 5-2 win over Middlesboro in a very physical soccer match on Thursday.“It was a physical game and it got more physical than what I like. It was rough on both sides and I don’t like to see that,” Claiborne coach Shawn Peters said. “It was a hard-fought game. We made a couple of mistakes that they took advantage of and had me...

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Panthers look to bounce back

HARROGATE, Tenn. —The Cumberland Gap Panthers will try to bounce back from a tough loss to Campbell County in last week’s opener as they travel to North Greene on Friday night.Head coach Corey Russell said the 54-7 setback was disappointing, but said the team has responded well in practice this week.“A loss hurts no matter if it’s by one point or 50 points or whatever it is. We kind of stepped up the intensity in practice this week and we were a l...

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Johnson, Maggitt lead Vols’ defense

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Since they cracked Tennessee’s starting lineup as freshmen three years ago, A.J. Johnson and Curt Maggitt have been among the most recognizable faces of Tennessee’s defense.But they haven’t had the chance to play together much lately.While Johnson has developed into an all-Southeastern Conference linebacker, Maggitt hasn’t played at all since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee on November 2012. T...

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