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Pumpkin festival slated for Saturday

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Today in History

By the Associated PressToday is Monday, Sept. 22, the 265th day of 2014. There are 100 days left in the year. Autumn arrives at 10:29 p.m. Eastern time.Today’s Highlight in History:On Sept. 22, 1776, during the Revolutionary War, Capt. Nathan Hale, 21, was hanged as a spy by the British in New York.On this date:In 1761, Britain’s King George III and his wife, Charlotte, were c...

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Community Calendar

To place an event 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 will not be accepted by phone and should be submitted no later than four days before the event. If received in time, it will be published one or two days before the event. Announcements are also available to view at www.middle...

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Progress reported at Yellow Creek School project

Blanton Coates from Codell Construction was present during a recent Bell School Board meeting to introduce the on-site construction manager for the Yellow Creek School Center project. He introduced Doug Smith, who has been with Codell Construction for about seven years and is a retired Navy veteran.“We’re very pleased with the progress we are making so far,” said Coates. “We’ve been in coordination with both the principal there at the school as well as...

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True Art Showcase and Children’s Contest slated

BIG STONE GAP, Va. — The Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park will hold its annual True Art Showcase and Children’s Contest from Sept. 30 through Oct. 19, celebrating the works of area artists.True Art, named in honor of James True, the first curator of the museum, features the works of today’s local artists in a show that celebrates the creativity and talents of our friends and neighbors.Works in a variety of mediums will be on display throu...

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Middle class job creators

Here’s an unusual super-rich guy with a strange message for his fellow 1-percent-of-the-1-percenters.Nick Hanauer, who made billions as an Internet entrepreneur, recently wrote an open letter to his fellow über-richies.Lego Pitchfork Mob“The true job creators are middle-class consumers, not rich businesspeople like us,” Hanauer declared a little while ago in Politico Magazine. “I earn about 1,000 times the median American annually,...

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Wolfgang, Lankford indicted on drug charges

Two individuals who were arrested during a July drug roundup have been indicted by the Bell County Grand Jury.Huston James Wolfgang, 45, of Pineville, and Johnny Dale Lankford, 39, of Arjay, were both indicted on second-degree trafficking a controlled substance.Wolfgang and Lankford were two of the eight individuals who were arrested during the roundup. Wolfgang was indicted for allegedly trafficking hydrocodone, a schedule III narcotic. Lankford was indicted for alleged...

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Hydrant flushing slated for Wednesday, Thursday

Water Service Corporation of Kentucky, in Middlesboro, will be conducting routine fire hydrant flushing on Wednesday and Thursday. They will begin at 6 p.m. During the flushing process, one may experience periods of lower than normal water pressure or possible cloudy water during this time period each day.The water service asks customers to refrain from using water as much as possible during that time to reduce the possibility of drawing cloudy water into the service lines. Once fl...

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General aviation a key tool

When I formed my company, Mainstream Commercial Divers Inc., over 25 years ago, we learned quickly that having our own airplane was integral to our success. Whether it was quickly getting to locations to perform emergency repairs, or delivering specialized equipment, our aircraft has helped us to quickly and effectively serve the many important infrastructure projects we are working on.

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Elks Lodge donates to CCM

Photo submittedMiddlesboro Elks Lodge No. 119 recently donated $250 to the Cooperative Christian Ministry, a faith-based social service agency located in Middlesboro. Ashley Witt, CCM’s food pantry coordinator, receives the donation from past Elks Lodge President Mark Whited.

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MMS royalty

Ray Welch | Daily NewsHayley Gulley was recently crowned Middlesboro Middle School’s 2014 football homecoming queen. Hayley is an eighth-grader and the daughter of Missy and Chris Gully.

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Number of poor Kentuckians remains high

Kentucky saw only slight improvements in some indicators of poverty and economic well-being last year, according to new Census Bureau data released today. Poverty remains high, highlighting that many have not yet recovered from the recession and underscoring the need to do more to help struggling Kentuckians afford basics like decent housing, reliable child care and transportation.According to the new data, 18.8 percent of Kentuckians lived in poverty in 2013. Although that is a de...

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News in Brief

Japanese company to open facility in CorbinFRANKFORT (AP) — A Japanese metalworking and treatment company says it will spend $8.6 million to hire 30 employees and open a facility in Corbin to indirectly supply parts for Toyota vehicles.Kowa Kentucky, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kowa Kogyosho, announced the facility Monday in a news conference with Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear and Republican state Senate President Robert Stivers. The company plans...

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State political parties post fundraising totals

FRANKFORT (AP) — Kentucky’s two major political parties raised close to $1 million combined in August leading up to the pivotal November elections.The Kentucky Democratic Party reported it raised more than $498,000 in August. The party that controls the state House and the governor’s office has raised more than $1.3 million in 2014 and has a little over $474,000 in cash available. Notable contributors included $5,000 each from actors Jennifer Garner and Ben Afflec...

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State aiming to revamp services for elderly

LOUISVILLE (AP) — Kentucky is overhauling its elderly services with the aim of stretching resources and helping aging baby boomers remain independent and live out their final years at home, rather than in an institution.The state has struggled to keep up with demand, forcing many elderly residents to remain on waiting lists for critical programs or enter nursing homes earlier than necessary.Deborah Anderson, commissioner of the state Department for Aging and Indepe...

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School district drops weight-lost contest

PIKEVILLE (AP) — An eastern Kentucky school district is dropping its plans for a weight-loss competition among its students.Some schools in the Pike County School District sent permission slips home asking parents to allow their children to take part in the weight-loss competition sponsored by the district, the Appalachian News-Express reported.Pike County schools Superintendent David Lester told the Pikeville newspaper that the district decided to cancel the compe...

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Reader day emphasizes foundation of learning

It could take years for researchers to determine precisely how the alphabet soup of social media, smartphones and the Internet affect reading habits and intellectual growth in Americans — especially among young learners. But there is already concern that the hopscotch pattern of online reading diminishes the attention span required to stick with a good book from beginning to end.

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