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Ducky Dash slated for Saturday

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This weekend, downtown Middlesboro is preparing to celebrate those qualities that make America great. Throughout the day on Saturday there will be live music on the City Hall parking lot at Lothbury and North 20th Street, along with a solemn dedication of two new names to the Tri-State Vietnam Veterans Memorial at 7 p.m.Free hamburgers and hot dogs will be served to veterans.Artists and crafters will be invited to join the festivities, sharing their unique handmade products. Since April, the Makers Market has been displaying and selling the work of local artists, crafters, and food producers in the old T.H. Campbell & Brothers storefront at 2008 Cumberland Avenue.


Pineville graduate returns as administrator

For Pineville native Russell Thompson, this school year will be different than many he has experienced in the past.Thompson took the Pineville Independent assistant principal position in late July and looks forward to the new opportunities it will bring him.“There’s a lot of information I’m trying to take in in a short amount of time to be best prepared for this school year, but it’s exciting and challenging,” said Thompson.In jus...

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Strong storms strike surrounding counties

Considering the storms that took place in surrounding areas, it appears as though Bell County lucked out on Sunday. According to Bell County Emergency Management Director Ben Barnett, the majority of the storms missed the county.“I don’t think we had much damage here. I didn’t get any report of it,” said Barnett. “It all went around us, either to the north or south.”Barnett said the south side of the county got clipped a couple of time...

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Tornado sweeps through Claiborne, Campbell, destroys homes

A path of destruction was left behind after severe storms and a tornado swept through Claiborne County Sunday evening.The tornado, which touched down in Speedwell around 6:30 p.m., was determined by the National Weather Service to be an F3 tornado, with winds reaching around 140 mph.“We have 10 homes in Claiborne County that are totally destroyed,” said David Breeding, director of the Claiborne County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, addi...

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Bell County fair exhibits announced

The Bell County Fair is scheduled Aug. 6-9 at the Bell County Fairgrounds in Fourmile. The fair exhibits will once again be sponsored by the Bell County Cooperative Extension Service and the Bell County Fair Board.The Bell County Fair Board will be paying premium money for first, second and third place ribbons.Below are the rules and divisions to enter items in for exhibit.RULESOpen classes are open to all exhi...

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Elks Lodge donates to Boy Scouts

Photo submittedMiddlesboro Elks Lodge No. 119 has helped support the local Boy Scouts of America for many years and was able to do so again this year thanks partly to a grant from their parent organization, the Elk’s Grand Lodge National Foundation. Elk President Mark Whited, right, recently presented the donation of $250 to Kirby Smith III, executive board member of the Boy Scouts Blue Grass Council.

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Friends of Cumberland Gap NHP receives grant

The Friends of Cumberland Gap National Historical Park (NHP) is one of 23 national parks or supporting organizations selected to receive a 2014 Impact Grant from the National Park Foundation (NPF), the official charity of America’s national parks. The $25,000 grant will be used to purchase and install bear proof containers in local communities surrounding Cumberland Gap NHP and also augment the park’s educational blitz “Back the B.E.A.R.S.”Now in its seventh...

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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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Kentucky youth works his way into showbiz

CADIZ (AP) — Anyone who has ever sat down to watch TV has, at some point, seen something on that screen that made them think, “Wow, that’s cool, I wish I could do that.”Such was the case with 6-year-old Brody Allen, who was watching TV with his mom, Sabina Allen, one day in January when he asked how he could be on TV.“Brody just one day asked, I think a typical kid question, ‘How do those kids get on TV,’ and when I explained the...

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Not in my backyard: US sending dirty coal abroad

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off dirty fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America’s unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world where they could create even more pollution.This fossil fuel trade threatens to undermine President Barack Obama’s strategy for reducing the gases blamed for climate change and reveals a little-discussed side effect of countries acting alone on a glo...

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Sarah Palin launches online subscription channel

NEW YORK (AP) — Sarah Palin has started her own subscription-based online network.The Sarah Palin Channel, which went live on Sunday, bills itself as a “direct connection” between the former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential candidate and her supporters, with “no need to please the powers-that-be,” Palin says in a video mission statement on her channel’s home page.“Are you tired of the media filters?” she asks. R...

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‘Sharknado’ sequel has bite, lots of laughs

NEW YORK (AP) — Don’t worry about me. The Sharknado Evacuation map supplied by Syfy network places me, as a resident of Lower Manhattan, smack in the zone most in peril this sharknado season. But I’ll be ready.You might as well batten down the hatches, too. “Sharknado 2: The Second One” (which, if you hadn’t guessed, is an encore follow-up sequel to last summer’s campy classic) premieres Wednesday (9 p.m. EDT).The original “...

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Armed response not a job for educators

Arming teachers to respond to deadly attacks is an unsettling concept.Gov. Jay Nixon on July 14 vetoed legislation that would permit educators who specifically are trained for armed response to carry concealed weapons.We understand and appreciate the motivation for the legislation.Massacres in the schools, although rare, are a grim reality. We support exploring ways to prevent violence or, failing that, to limit its scope, not only in schools, but in all venue...

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Those who fought in ‘Forgotten War’

FRANKFORT — The Korean War is sometimes referred to as America’s forgotten war, but for those who served and their loved ones, it will never be forgotten. Kentucky saw more than 30,000 of its citizens serve in the conflict and on July 27, the commonwealth officially honored their service. It was with honor and great reverence that I sponsored House Bill 234, which marked July 27 as Korean War Armistice day.

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Remembering the 1970s

Technology has transformed our world tremendously. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that life is getting easier for most people. And, greatly due to modern medicine, life expectancy has increased significantly from around the turn of the 20th century when the average person lived to be about 50 years old. Sure, there were those who, despite difficult lives of working the fields, hunting, trapping, timbering or even working in unsafe coal mining conditions that existed in the day, ...

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State hospital live streaming video from NICU

BOWLING GREEN (AP) — A southern Kentucky hospital has begun live streaming video of newborns in its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, allowing parents and staff to keep an eye on the babies.The Medical Center’s NICVIEW program cost $35,000 and has been in place for nearly three weeks.There are 10 cameras mainly used for the NICU, but some are used in cases such as when a father is in the military and stationed overseas.

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News in Brief

Official: Storms destroy E. Tenn homes, no deathsNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Powerful storms that raked across several states in the eastern U.S. on Sunday destroyed at least 10 homes in Tennessee, but there were no immediate reports of any deaths or injuries, authorities said.Spokeswoman Gina Breeding with the office of emergency management in east Tennessee’s Claiborne County told The Associated Press that officers searched ruined homes Sunday ...

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Who Is Jesus?

My wife and I watched a good movie last week, “The Life of Pi.” It’s a beautiful movie. The scenery and camera work are a delight to watch, especially in HD. The story is compelling as well. It’s about a man who survives a shipwreck and is set adrift in the ocean. His story of survival is dramatic and kept us enthralled throughout the picture wondering what challenge he would face next and if he would overcome it.

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