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Grand Canyon walk honors KSP troopers

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Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer and Lt. Col. Jack Miniard trekked the Grand Canyon from rim to rim Aug. 22-24 in a 30-mile hike to honor all KSP troopers who currently serve and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice with their lives.The pair carried the photos of the 27 officers who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty since the agency’s inception in 1948.Brewer and Miniard used vacation time for the hike and incurred all expenses associated with the trip. No tax dollars were used to support the walk. They are asking supporters to donate $1 to “The Trooper Project” for their effort.Miniard is a resident of Harlan.


Shannon opening new State Farm office

Ten-year Marine Corps veteran, Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran and current captain in the Kentucky National Guard, Chad Shannon, is opening a new State Farm Insurance office in Middlesboro.Shannon’s office will be located in the Village Square Shopping Center beside Subway and La Esperanza at 473 North 12th Street in Middlesboro. Plenty of parking spaces are available and conveniently located.Chad Shannon State Farm has set Sept. 1 as the opening day.

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Arrest Records

The following individuals were recently lodged in the Bell County Detention Center:• Alisha Marie Anderson, 26, of Harrogate, Tenn., theft by unlawful taking (shoplifting);• Pamela Sue Brock, 22, of Middlesboro, second-degree disorderly conduct, prescription controlled substance not in original container, menacing and failure to wear a seat belt;• Ernest Wesley Brock III, 28, of Pineville, was served a bench warrant;• Bobby W...

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Work to become a better investor

On Sept. 1, we observe Labor Day — a celebration of the American worker. Of course, you work hard at your own job, but, when you think of it, every worthwhile endeavor in life requires significant effort — and that’s certainly the case with investing. The harder you work at it, the more likely you are to make progress toward your goals.So as you think about investing, consider the following areas in which you will need to apply yourself:

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Bell’s jobless rate: Better, but still high

Compared to last year at this time the employment picture in Bell County has improved, but the jobless rate is still relatively high compared to a majority of counties in Kentucky.Bell County had an unemployment rate of 12.3 percent last month. That’s an improvement of 2.7 percent from the 14.9 percent figure in July 2013.The county’s labor force in July was listed as 8,898, down from 9,277 a year earlier. Of those, 7,800 were listed as employed, while the nu...

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New Tazewell discusses airport hangars project

New Tazewell interim mayor Phil Greer is apparently not letting the grass grow under him as he took the reins of city business last week to pursue a project that will extend the Municipal Airport hangars.The city acquired a $1 million federal grant that must be obligated for use by the end of the fiscal year. City building inspector Jerry Hooper met with Greer to get his preliminary approval to proceed with the project.Hooper said it was necessary that he meet with the T...

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New health provider for Bell schools

Bell County Schools will have a new health service provider for the six district school health clinics this year.In a special-called meeting Tuesday, the Bell County Board of Education chose Family Health Care to provide health services at no cost to the district.“It’s saving our district an enormous amount of money,” said Bell Superintendent Yvonne Gilliam.In previous years, the district used the Bell County Health Department for the clinics...

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Off-road festival gets final touches

Plans are being finalized for the Coal Country Off-Road Festival on Sept. 26-28 at the Wilderness Trail Off-Road Park.Jon Grace, director of Adventure Tourism, believes this will be one of the biggest years for the festival and one of the most memorable years for the festival’s haunted trail.“Barring a catastrophe, I think this will be the best year yet. I highly suggest you go through the trail and see everything,” said Grace.Grace is expect...

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News in Brief

State gets $20 million grant for energy studyLEXINGTON (AP) — Democrats and Republicans gathered Wednesday to celebrate a $20 million federal grant designed to move Kentucky to new forms of energy, a tricky subject in a state dominated by the coal industry.Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and U.S. Rep. Andy Barr joined Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear and state House Majority Leader Rocky Adkins to announce a federal grant spread out among the sta...

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Obama golfs while the world burns

President Obama has officially become the laughingstock of the world, happily ensconced in the wonderland of Martha’s Vineyard on one of his many vacations, while a junior varsity terrorist group runs amok lopping off heads of everyone in their path, the borders remain a sieve, Gaza remains a battleground, and the Russians toy with taking the Ukraine among a few crises that are boiling over.It is utterly appalling that Obama, the king of optics, would make a perfunctory state...

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Breathitt schools to remain under state control

FRANKFORT (AP) — The Kentucky Board of Education has decided to keep control of the Breathitt County school district for up to three more years.Media report the unanimous decision came Tuesday after a nine-hour hearing in Frankfort.Attorneys for state Education Commissioner Terry Holliday argued that continued state management was needed so that students would continue making progress.Local school board members argued that some of their powers should be ...

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Corbin man charged with arson

A Corbin man was arrested on Tuesday after he allegedly set a building on fire.Christopher Wyatt, 28, was arrested by Kentucky State Police Trooper Chad Gregory and charged with third-degree arson.On Monday at approximately 7:30 p.m., Kentucky State Police Post 10 Harlan received a call of a structure fire on Ky 3436 in the Corbin community of Knox County.Preliminary investigation indicates that a structure had been intentionally set on fire. Gregory began an ...

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Social media users mum on opinions

WASHINGTON (AP) — People who use Facebook and Twitter are less likely than others to share their opinions on hot-button issues, even when they are offline, according to a surprising new survey by the Pew Research Center.The study, done in conjunction with Rutgers University in New Jersey, challenges the view of social media as a vehicle for debate by suggesting that sites like Facebook and Twitter might actually encourage self-censorship. Researchers said they detect what the...

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Mortgage fraud settlement a big boost for state

In 2008, the weight of lies and greed that built the subprime mortgage industry finally grew so heavy that it collapsed and took the economy with it.Tens of thousands of Kentuckians still suffer the aftershocks from losing their homes and/or their jobs and from the sluggish economy that, six years later, is still not safely back on track.So it was more than welcome news Thursday that the Kentucky Retirement Systems, thanks to the efforts of hard working attorneys in the ...

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UN panel: Global warming human-caused, dangerous

WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming is here, human-caused and probably already dangerous — and it’s increasingly likely that the heating trend could be irreversible, a draft of a new international science report says.The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on Monday sent governments a final draft of its synthesis report, which combines three earlier, gigantic documents by the Nobel Prize-winning group. There is little in the report that wa...

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State leader pleads guilty in kickbacks scheme

WEST LIBERTY (AP) — Circular saws squealed and construction workers hammered away on buildings, part of this Appalachian area’s painstaking recovery from a deadly 2012 tornado.About 60 miles away, inside in a federal courtroom Tuesday in Lexington, the elected official who led the reconstruction in Morgan County sobbed as he pleaded guilty to a fraud charge stemming from a kickback scheme.Judge-Executive Tim Conley, the county’s top official, received $...

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Today in History

By the Associated PressToday is Wednesday, August 27, the 239th day of 2014. There are 126 days left in the year.Today’s Highlights in History:On August 27, 1964, President Lyndon Baines Johnson accepted his party’s nomination for a term in his own right, telling the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey, “Let us join together in giving every American the fullest life which he can hope f...

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Lady Jackets blank Bell 10-0

Sarah Slusher scored three goals, Katlyn Barnwell and Katrina Turner added two each and the Middlesboro Lady Jackets pulled away for a 10-0 win over Bell County.The Lady Cats are a inexperienced group and this was the first game for a lot of their players. They competed hard and trailed just 4-0 at halftime. There was 6:16 left in the second half when the game was called due to the mercy rule.

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