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Pay increase for after-school tutoring

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In a move to encourage more teachers to participate in after-school tutoring, the Bell County School Board approved a new ESS pay schedule during their regular board meeting on Tuesday. The schedule will now pay teachers $30 an hour during after-school tutoring sessions.The increase is not an expense to the board and will be paid through Title I money. Last year, the pay for after-school tutoring was $25 an hour. Bell County Superintendent Yvonne Gilliam said the $25 was not enough to get their best teachers to stay after school.

 

No. 25 Railsplitters fly past Nighthawks

HARROGATE, Tenn. — The 25th-ranked Railsplitters (4-0) pitched a 2-0 shutout against the visiting North Georgia Nighthawks (1-4) in non-conference NCAA Division II men’s soccer action on Wednesday at the LMU Soccer Complex.Lincoln Memorial improved to 4-0 for the first time since 2010 and only the second time since 2005, tallying its third shutout through the first four matches of the season, a feat accomplished by the program only two times since the turn of the centur...

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Lady Railsplitters hold off Mars Hill 3-1

HARROGATE, Tenn. — The Lady Railsplitters (5-4, 1-0 SAC) extended their winning streak to four on Tuesday taking a 3-1 victory over Mars Hill in their home and South Atlantic Conference opener. Lincoln Memorial won by set scores of 27-25, 25-22, 23-25 and 25-23.The Lions fall to 1-7, 0-1 in SAC play.Freshman outside hitter Kiera Holland collected a match-high 17 kills on 52 attempts to lead the Lady Railsplitter attack, adding 11 digs to record the double-double. F...

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Railsplitters No.4 in Region Poll

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The Railsplitters (3-0, 1-0 SAC) moved up to No.4 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division II southeast region poll and broke into the national rankings at No.25, officials with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced on Tuesday. Lincoln Memorial is the only South Atlantic Conference men’s soccer program ranked inside either the top eight of the region poll or the top 25 of the national poll.

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‘WeCare’ helps cut utility bills

The Weatherization, Conservation Advice and Recycling Energy (WeCare) Program through Kentucky Utilities (KU) provides income-eligible LG&E and KU customers with measures to help them better manage their energy usage and improve the comfort and safety of their homes.The program also offers a home energy analysis, educational materials and home weatherization services.

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Art displayed on Pineville square

Main Street Pineville will be welcoming local artists to their Main Street Thursday program tonight.The art expo will begin at 4 p.m. on the courthouse square in Pineville.Alongside the usual farmers market fresh vegetables and sweet canned goods will be paintings, sketches and other artwork from area artists such as Jaime Corum, Michael Roan, Steve McCarty and Mason Combs. Their artwork will be available for purchase as well as some commissioned pieces on display....

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Heath named 2014 AOF Resident of the Year

Dr. David J. Heath, a 2011 graduate of Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) in Harrogate, Tenn., has been named the 2014 Resident of the Year by the American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF).The Outstanding Resident of the Year Award recognizes and honors outstanding osteopathic residents who embody a great spirit of altruism and whose combination of clinical promise, leadership, ability to think outside the box, and commitment to their patients...

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Council discusses Cumberland Mountain Fall Festival final details

Final details of the upcoming Cumberland Mountain Fall Festival were among the topics discussed by the Middlesboro City Council during their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday at Middlesboro City Hall.Councilman Kevin Barnett, who also serves on the festival committee, lead the discussion when he gave the parks and recreation committee report. Barnett explained that the committee had discussed the final plans of the fall festival at their recent meeting.“We discuss...

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BCHS celebrates GEAR UP Awareness

A high school pep rally isn’t typically news in Bell County, but a rally held at Bell County High School on Monday was like none other.There was no mention of sports, and the only cheering to be heard had nothing to do with athletics. It had everything to do with college readiness and the importance of coming to school.With a spirit line of upperclassmen giving high fives and cheering freshmen as they entered the gym, Bell County High School’s pep rally began...

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What’s smarter — paying off debts or investing?

It probably doesn’t happen as much as you’d like, but from time to time, you have some extra disposable income. When this happens, how should you use the funds? Assuming you have adequate emergency savings — typically, three-to-six months worth of living expenses — should you pay off debts, or fund your IRA or another investment account?

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Owens celebrating 98th birthday

Amanda Owens, of Bell County, is celebrating her 98th birthday. Born Sept. 18, 1916, she is the daughter of the late Johan and Matilda Jackson. She married Bud Owens on Jan. 11, 1936 and they had six children: Willard Owens, of Wallhalla, S.C., Geraldine Turner, of Chenoa, and the late John Owens, Ralph Owens, Nadine Partin and JoAnn Edwards. She has 12 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. She attends Straight Creek Pentecost Church. Cards and notes with bi...

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Nearly 90 seek SOAR top position

A committee is in the process of interviewing candidates for the crucial position of SOAR (Save Our Appalachian Region) executive director.Nearly 90 candidates submitted their application by the Aug. 15 deadline according to Jennifer Brislin, a spokesperson for Gov. Steve Beshear.It had been anticipated the executive director would be named this month, in time for the 2014 SOAR Summit in November, but that may not be the case.“The SOAR Executive Board re...

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Obama takes center stage in state’s Senate race

FRANKFORT (AP) — President Barack Obama is playing a starring role in Kentucky’s fierce Senate race, with new ads putting him at the center of the contest for Republican Mitch McConnell’s seat despite Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes’ explicit effort to distance herself from the unpopular president.“I’m not Barack Obama,” Grimes says in an ad that began airing Monday, in which she pauses her skeet shooting to talk to the camera. “I di...

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News in Brief

Police: Girl charged in school threat caseASHLAND (AP) — Kentucky State Police in Ashland say an 11-year-old girl has been charged after a threat of violence was made on social media toward schools in Greenup County.Police say they began investigating Tuesday after being informed of the threat. In a statement early Wednesday, police said they were able to locate the suspect in less than six hours. Police said there are no other suspects and no addi...

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Campaigns obscuring the truth

LEXINGTON — If there was ever a week that this space needed to cut through the crap and clutter of Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race, this is it. The facts and the truth have never been so obscured by the artifice, spin, stonewalling and discipline of the campaigns — and the largely unimportant things they would rather talk about than the real issues.But even so, the latest episodes tell us something about the candidates.

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Study: Artificial sweeteners may promote diabetes

NEW YORK (AP) — Using artificial sweeteners may set the stage for diabetes in some people by hampering the way their bodies handle sugar, suggests a preliminary study done mostly in mice.The authors said they are not recommending any changes in how people use artificial sweeteners based on their study, which included some human experiments. The researchers and outside experts said more study is needed, while industry groups called the research limited and said other evidence ...

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Eyeing 2016, Rubio pushes American strength abroad

MIAMI (AP) — Sen. Marco Rubio called Wednesday for boosting defense spending and greater intervention abroad, positioning himself as the leading foreign policy hawk among Republicans considering runs for the White House.“The world needs American strength just as much as our people and our economy do,” Rubio told a conservative gathering in Washington. “No other nation can deter global conflict by its presence alone.”The Florida senator and p...

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Fire Goodell for handling of Rice case

National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote his own pink slip with his inexcusable handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence case.NFL owners should fire Goodell for how poorly he served their multibillion-dollar industry. His actions betrayed the faith that NFL fans — especially women — have in the league and in Goodell’s running of it.A stunning series of events makes it clear that Goodell, who drew a $44 million paycheck in 2012, has no...

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