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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.

 

Today in History — July 29

By the Associated PressToday is Tuesday, July 29, the 210th day of 2014. There are 155 days left in the year.Today’s Highlights in History:On July 29, 1914, transcontinental telephone service in the U.S. became operational with the first test conversation between New York and San Francisco. Massachusetts’ Cape Cod Canal, offering a shortcut across the base of the peninsula, was officially opened to shipping traffic...

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Daily Bible Thought

Through prayer, we have instant access to our Father.Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.—Hebrews 4:16

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Southern Nationals finale Saturday at Taz Speedway

TAZEWELL, Tenn. — For the tenth straight year, Tazewell Speedway will host the final race of the Schaeffer Oil Southern Nationals presented by Old Man’s Garage. The 10-race, thirteen day miniseries will conclude on Saturday with a 53-lap, $5,300 to win race that could decide this year’s championship.Four-time Southern Nationals champion Chris Madden is one of the favorites for this year’s title. Several area drivers are in title contention including Vic Hill...

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Lady Jackets hard at work

Being without a permanent head coach hasn’t kept the Middlesboro Lady Jackets from working hard to get ready for this fall’s basketball season.Interim coach Scott Overbay, who helped coach most of the Lady Jackets when they were in middle school, has been working the team out during the summer.He’s been impressed by the effort and cohesion the players have shown.“They come in and give 100-percent every day,” Overbay said. “T...

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UK, Harlan legend ‘Wah Wah’ Jones passes

An All American in both football and basketball in the 1940s who had the distinction of playing for both Adolph Rupp and Bear Bryant, Wallace “Wah Wah” Jones was perhaps the greatest athlete in University of Kentucky history and the most famous to come out of Harlan County.Jones, who went on to UK after leading Harlan High School to the 1944 state championship, died Sunday at 88 after a long illness.

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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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