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Entrepreneurial event held at Southeast

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Those interested in starting a business got a chance to learn about local resources when Griffin Cottle spoke during an event at Southeast Community and Technical College on Thursday. The goal of the assembly was to create a map of resources that can be shared throughout the community and to identify gaps in services needed for the area.Cottle, who is the director of the small business center at Jefferson Community and Technical College in Lousiville, said the project is being held in conjunction with the Appalachian Regional Commission and the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship. The project is designed to help make all the community colleges in the area more of a focus of small business development and entrepreneurship.

 

Middlesboro schools plan for renovations

Middlesboro schools may be getting an extensive renovation in upcoming years including the potential for a new central office and school bus garage near the high school.In Tuesday’s Middlesboro School Board meeting, Kevin Cheek with the Lexington-based Sherman, Carter and Barnhart architecture firm revealed the final draft of the district facilities plan which outlines renovation and building plans for the future.Minor projects listed in the plan includes new roofi...

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Mall to host back to school bash

As the new school year fast approaches, businesses at the Middlesboro Mall are preparing for their annual back to school bash.Vendors are scheduled to set up from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Vendors included are health care specialists and educational booths for kids. The Children’s Reading Foundation of Appalachia-KY is also partnering with the mall and will be set up throughout the event.Next is the fashion show which is slated to begin at noon. Clothing from numerous m...

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Man dies in house fire

Tragedy struck Wednesday night when emergency crews found a man died inside a burning house on Avondale Avenue. Melvin Ray Shackleford, 41, was found dead at the scene.In a press release by the Middlesboro Police Department (MPD), it states evidence observed and recovered from the house indicates that his death was self-inflicted and Shackleford set the fire. His remains are being sent to the State Medical Examiners office in Frankfort, where the autopsy was performed.

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Jobless rates down in 117 counties in June

FRANKFORT — Unemployment rates fell in 117 Kentucky counties between June 2013 and June 2014, while three county rates went up, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.Boone County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 5.5 percent. It was followed by Kenton County, 5.8 percent; Campbell, Larue and Woodford counties, 6 percent each; Caldwell and Shelby counties, 6.1 per...

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Appeals court upholds convictions in oil scamLOUISVILLE (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld the convictions of two men who ran an oil-and-gas drilling scheme in which investors lost millions of dollars.The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals found no mistakes in the handling of the cases of 51-year-old former attorney Bryan Coffman and 60-year-old Tennessee businessman Gary Moss Milby. Both men were convicted in May 2011 of multiple charges of mail, wire and se...

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Bible Thought

I will rescue you…, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm.— Exodus 6:6

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The importance of worshipping God

When an important decision is in the works, we all wish we could hear a voice from heaven or have some solid assurance that we are doing the right thing. Sometimes our confirmation that we are on the right track comes in an overwhelming sense of peace. At other times, we may have friends and family who encourage us that we are headed in the right direction. Rarely, but definitely, there are times that God speaks to our heart in a way that we know only He can do.In the church world ...

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Why incumbents keep getting reelected

It’s no news that Congress is unpopular. In fact, at times it seems like the only real novelty on Capitol Hill would be a jump in its approval rating. In June, a Gallup poll found members’ standing with the American people at a historic low for a midterm-election year. Which might have been notable except, as The Washington Post pointed out, that “Congress’s approval rating has reached historic lows at least 12…times since 2010.”

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Experience already paying off for Bobcats

The Bell County Bobcats were a team very short on experience at this time last year. They had graduated a large class of seniors and were working against the clock to get unproven new starters ready at several key positions.It’s a different story this summer as the Bobcats return eight starters on offense and seven on defense along with several others who saw significant varsity action. Instead of using their practice time to get everyone up to speed on the basics, they’...

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Panthers will have new look on offense

HARROGATE, Tenn. — In the eleven years since the school came into existence, offensive football at Cumberland Gap has pretty well be synonymous with the spread formation. The school has produced it’s share of standout quarterbacks in a scheme designed to get the ball out quickly to four wide receivers and take advantage of inside running lanes.That scheme is going to change this season under the direction of Corey Russell, the first and greatest in that line of signal c...

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Construction ongoing at Commonwealth Stadium

LEXINGTON (AP) — The $110 million construction project at the University of Kentucky’s Commonwealth Stadium will continue through the upcoming football season with the goal of finishing renovations before the 2015 kickoff.UK Athletics project manager Russ Pear says construction crews will work until Thursday on game weeks before cleaning up the construction area and setting up temporary fencing by Saturday morning.Kentucky spokesman Tony Neely told the Lexing...

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Pineville test scores increase by 3 points

Pineville Independent School Board received word at their meeting Monday that several areas of standardized test scores have been on the rise from previous year’s scores including unofficial ACT scores which raised nearly 3 points.Dr. Robert Thomas from Eastern Kentucky University’s Math Initiative analyzed some official and unofficial scores from Pineville’s most recent testing cycles and presented his findings to the board.“Overall, the academic...

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‘Vision for Him’ event slated Friday, Saturday

The Wilderness Trail ATV Off-Road Park, located along U.S. 119, will play host to the Vision for Him event on Friday and Saturday. The event, which will consist of contemporary rock concerts and public speakers, is free of charge. There will also be free food and inflatables.On Friday, the event will begin at 5 p.m. and is scheduled to last until 11 p.m. On Saturday, the event will take place from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.“We’re just trying to spread a little hope a...

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Revis charged with drug trafficking

The Kentucky State Police arrested an Arjay man on Tuesday after allegedly finding about $6,000 in cash, guns and drugs inside his home.James E. Revis Jr., 40, was charged with first-, second- and third-degree trafficking a controlled substance, trafficking marijuana 8 ounces to 5 pounds and possession of drug paraphernalia.On Tuesday at 6:57 p.m., Kentucky State Police Post 10 troopers executed a search warrant at a residence on Wiser Branch Road in the Arjay community....

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Three-phase asphalt project begins today

FRANKFORT — Phase one of a three-phase asphalt resurfacing project will begin today at the K7 74/KY 2079 intersection along Cumberland Avenue in Middlesboro, closing the intersection at 3 p.m. through Aug. 7. Work will proceed on a 24/7 schedule until completion due to a asphalt resurfacing operation.During this closure, KY 2079 traffic will be detoured from Lothbury Avenue and 18th Street and KY 74 traffic will be detoured from 18th Street and 20th Street. Detour signs will ...

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Bell-Whitley helps create bathroom for family

Some people wish for a million of dollars. Shirley Mace simply wished for a handicap accessible bathroom for her husband. Bell-Whitley Community Action Agency helped that wish come true.“I think it’s a blessing from God,” said Mace. “It’s something that we probably would not have been able to get.”Shirley’s husband Michael Mace suffered from a hemorrhagic stroke, which has rendered him disabled. Michael said the neurologist from ...

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News in brief

Grimes jabs McConnell on jobs issue in new TV adLOUISVILLE (AP) — Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes went on the attack again Tuesday with a new TV ad featuring an out-of-work Appalachian coal miner who questions Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s commitment to job growth.The 30-second ad airing across Kentucky seeks to capitalize on McConnell’s off-the-cuff comments to an eastern Kentucky newspaper in the spring....

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