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Rhymer participates in youth leadership program

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Harlan County High School student Alisha Rhymer has had a busy summer enhancing her leadership skills.Rhymer recently participated as her school’s representative in the Kentucky Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Academy in Lexington. Students finishing their sophomore year of high school and preparing to enter the junior year are eligible for selection into the program as ambassadors. The program seeks to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation.


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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James on prayer, faith, and personal responsibility

Go to almost any church that still has a Wednesday evening service and one might find most still call it “Prayer Meeting.” But go to almost any church that still has a Wednesday evening prayer meeting and one may be surprised to find that prayer is not the focus of the service. Could it be there is a connection between a prayer meeting that spends fifty minute talking about prayer and ten minutes actually talking to God and the high annual rate of church closings or the plateau an...

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The man behind the curtain # # #

What do Kenosha, Wis., and Cape Cod, Mass., have in common? Besides the fact that they are both splendid, waterfront communities, probably not much. Except this: Seventy-five years ago this week, these towns were the first public release points for one of the greatest films ever. “The Wizard of Oz.”Few movies have had such a prolonged, impactful history. It is consistently voted into the top ten of any “Greatest Movies” list, has been preserved by the Librar...

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God’s Eternal Plan Ephesians 1:3-14

God’s eternal plan includes many heavenly blessings (Ephesians 1:3). These are Spiritual blessings not material blessings. It is the Spirit that controls man and the circumstances that surround him. A man may feel bad; he may be down, depressed and oppressed; but if his spirit is strong, he arises and conquers his feelings. Spiritual blessings are the very opposite of temporal blessings. They are the blessings of the inner man, the blessings of the immortal. But of all blessings, they a...

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Southeast’s Appalachian Program receives funding

A coalition coordinated by the Appalachian Program at Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College (SKCTC) recently received $100,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town Program in support of eighteen months of innovative arts programming fostering community interaction focused on emerging regional artists as part of a larger community renewal effort.

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Armstrong on the moon, 45 years ago

It’s July 19 and I’m at Wapakoneta, Ohio, at the Armstrong Air & Space Museum. Tomorrow is July 20, 2014, the 45th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s walk on the moon. I remember his famous words, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”Do you remember? Very few of those visiting today were even alive on that historic date.The museum is small but well designed, and I want to know who was able to get all these artifacts...

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Rader: City has tight budget

Revenue woes and cuts in coal severance money have affected many counties and cities in the region in one way or another. Pineville is no different. Mayor Sherwin Rader said unwanted cuts have been made to ensure a balanced budget for the city.“It’s an extremely tight budget this year,” said Rader. “Our revenue has dropped drastically from the last few years.”In addition to coal severance funds dropping, Rader said many of the taxes being co...

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Bobcats start work in shells

Friday was the first day teams could add shoulder pads to their helmets and the Bell County Bobcats were working out in their shells that morning.“Today was the first day we could put shoulder pads on. I scripted some plays so we could just let the offensive line hit some dummies and run the offense up and down the field. It’s just some conditioning and helps to start to get our timing down,” Bobcat head coach Wayne Mills said during a break in the session.

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News in brief

Grimes focusing on jobs, pay equityLOUISVILLE (AP) — Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes on Thursday night portrayed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell as being out of touch with the struggles of Kentuckians, and said his partisanship has hurt the state.Grimes told a Democratic gathering in Louisville that McConnell has turned away from young adults facing huge student loan debt and coal miners struggling to receive black lung benefits. She said t...

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Southeast sponsors AHEC Scrubs Camp

Area high school students had the opportunity recently to learn about possible careers inside the health care industry by taking part in the Appalachian Health Education Center (AHEC) Career Craze Summer Scrubs Camp held at Harlan ARH.The event was a three-day event and attracted students ages 12-15 years of age who, for the upcoming school year, will be enrolling in the seventh through ninth grades. To take part in the program, students must have a grade point average of 2.5 or be...

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Brown excited about potential of Wildcats’ offense

LEXINGTON — Kentucky offensive coordinator Neal Brown is only a few weeks away from not only having to pick a starting quarterback, but also put all the pieces together in UK’s offense.Recently he offered these insights into a variety of matters.Question: Where do you play freshman Stanley “Boom” Williams, a four-star recruit from Georgia?

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A swing and a prayer

Jay Compton|Daily NewsMiddlesboro senior quarterback Major Edwards swings a pass out to running back Ryan Pittman as offensive coordinator Neal Pucciarelli looks on during a recent 7-on-7 scrimmage. The Yellow Jackets are continuing their preparations for the upcoming season.

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ETSU unveils new team logos

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — East Tennessee State University has a new logo as part of a branding initiative for the school’s athletic teams.The new basic “E” logo that that incorporates the outline of the state of Tennessee as part of the letter comes just a month after the school was readmitted to the Southern Conference.The Johnson City Press reported there are also secondary logos, one of which includes the “E” logo as part of ETSU a...

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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 on Saturday.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 fro...

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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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Entrepreneurial event held at Southeast

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...

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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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