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Kelsey Gerhardt

Position: Reporter
E-Mail Address: kgerhardt@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: (606) 248-1010
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Latest Stories by Kelsey Gerhardt

School energy savings assessed

During a regular meeting of the Middlesboro Board of Education on Thursday, the board voted to adopt a resolution which authorized issuance of energy conservation revenue bonds. Engineering firms estimate the usage and savings from several types of energy used in the district such as coal and natural gas. This summer Middlesboro schools will begi

Diane Belcher is a resident of Pineville who has a story to tell of perseverance and a supportive, loving family.
In February 2012, Belcher was diagnosed with progressive multiple sclerosis. Her diagnosis was one of surprise, but now she wants to use this to educate people about the disease.
She was being treated for Fibromyalgia by a rheumatolog

A story of survival

Diane Belcher is a resident of Pineville who has a story to tell of perseverance and a supportive, loving family. In February 2012, Belcher was diagnosed with progressive multiple sclerosis. Her diagnosis was one of surprise, but now she wants to use this to educate people about the disease. She was being treated for Fibromyalgia by a rheumatolog

Meet Monte! He is a 6-month-old male boxer mix available from the Bell County Animal Shelter. He weighs 40 pounds. Monte is a sweet, very friendly, playful and loves attention. He is looking for his forever home. His adoption fee is $70. Monte is up-to-date on shots and neutered. If you are interested in meeting Monte or any other of the adoptable

Pet of the Week

Meet Monte! He is a 6-month-old male boxer mix available from the Bell County Animal Shelter. He weighs 40 pounds. Monte is a sweet, very friendly, playful and loves attention. He is looking for his forever home. His adoption fee is $70. Monte is up-to-date on shots and neutered. If you are interested in meeting Monte or any other of the adoptable

Junior Rotary approved

During a regular meeting on Monday, the Pineville School Board voted to approve a Junior Rotary Club or Interact Club for sixth- through eighth-grades. Members from the Pineville Rotary Club spoke about the benefits of having this organization in the school. Requirements for Interact would include student participation in at least two service proj

Heiner: pro-coal at luncheon

Kentucky Republican Gubernatorial candidate Hal Heiner was the guest speaker at the most recent Bell County Chamber of Commerce Soup and Sandwich event. The luncheon was held on Tuesday afternoon at Pine Mountain State Resort Park. Heiner was introduced by Bell County Judge-Executive Albey Brock and Chamber of Commerce representative Brian Redmond

Saturday's sunshine was just right to see a tiny orange bobber bouncing on the water during the annual FishFest held in downtown Middlesboro.
Several children had their first opportunity to reel in a big one and experience bating a hook. The Kentucky Division of Fish and Wildlife wanted to make sure this was not only a fun opportunity, but an educ

Fishing for family

Saturday's sunshine was just right to see a tiny orange bobber bouncing on the water during the annual FishFest held in downtown Middlesboro. Several children had their first opportunity to reel in a big one and experience bating a hook. The Kentucky Division of Fish and Wildlife wanted to make sure this was not only a fun opportunity, but an educ

Ray Welch|Daily News
April is Month of the Military Child which recognizes family members who may not be fighting in a war, but suffer from sacrifices parents or other family members make to defend freedom. Children of military members gathered in the Middlesboro National Guard Armory to have a day of fun on April 18.
Kelsey Gerhardt|Daily News

Military kids honored

Ray Welch|Daily News April is Month of the Military Child which recognizes family members who may not be fighting in a war, but suffer from sacrifices parents or other family members make to defend freedom. Children of military members gathered in the Middlesboro National Guard Armory to have a day of fun on April 18. Kelsey Gerhardt|Daily News

Kelsey Gerhardt|Daily News
A donation was made from the Bell County Chamber of Commerce to the Childrens Reading Foundation of Appalachia on Friday. The donation included proceeds from the chamber's annual Chocolate Craze in February. Proceeds will go to benefit future endeavors for the CRFA which include Good Books in Good Hands and Read Across A

Chamber promotes reading

Kelsey Gerhardt|Daily News A donation was made from the Bell County Chamber of Commerce to the Childrens Reading Foundation of Appalachia on Friday. The donation included proceeds from the chamber's annual Chocolate Craze in February. Proceeds will go to benefit future endeavors for the CRFA which include Good Books in Good Hands and Read Across A

Football season is just around the corner and members of the newly formed Alumni and Friends of Middlesboro High School (MHS) group are ready for a tailgate party.
“I like the idea of what we cherish and have in Middlesboro schools and we want students that are currently in our schools to have what we had when we went here,” said group

Alumni meet for future

Football season is just around the corner and members of the newly formed Alumni and Friends of Middlesboro High School (MHS) group are ready for a tailgate party. “I like the idea of what we cherish and have in Middlesboro schools and we want students that are currently in our schools to have what we had when we went here,” said group

Noetown local Bill Sturdivant brought his small town beginnings to light for people he crossed paths with throughout his life. The range of his artwork highlights important faces he has met and places where he has traveled.
“My teachers made all of the difference in the world. My Spanish teacher in high school, I used what I learned on up th

A lifelong passion

Noetown local Bill Sturdivant brought his small town beginnings to light for people he crossed paths with throughout his life. The range of his artwork highlights important faces he has met and places where he has traveled. “My teachers made all of the difference in the world. My Spanish teacher in high school, I used what I learned on up th

The signs of spring often include a warm rain, blossoming of flowers and pollen in the air. Students at Middlesboro Elementary School are also hearing a new spring sound — the peeping of chicks and ducklings.
The school added several more youngsters this week with the hatching of a Bell County 4-H project.
Bell County 4-H started an incubat

Hatching hands-on

The signs of spring often include a warm rain, blossoming of flowers and pollen in the air. Students at Middlesboro Elementary School are also hearing a new spring sound — the peeping of chicks and ducklings. The school added several more youngsters this week with the hatching of a Bell County 4-H project. Bell County 4-H started an incubat

Middlesboro is surrounded by opportunities in many different areas of outdoor recreation. Britt Harris and Joe Brown enjoy the outdoors and have turned their passion into a business.
Harris and Brown are co-owners of the new Crater City Adventure Company, which held a soft opening on April 15. Their business will sell clothing, yoga equipment, run

Crater City opens doors in Middlesboro

Middlesboro is surrounded by opportunities in many different areas of outdoor recreation. Britt Harris and Joe Brown enjoy the outdoors and have turned their passion into a business. Harris and Brown are co-owners of the new Crater City Adventure Company, which held a soft opening on April 15. Their business will sell clothing, yoga equipment, run

Meet Hoss! He is a 4-year-old male pitbull mix available from the Bell County Animal Shelter. Hoss is a sweetheart, very friendly, loves people and kids and knows no stranger. He needs a home with a fenced-in yard where he has room to run and play. His adoption fee is $70. Hoss is up-to-date on shots, heart worm negative, housebroken and is neutere

Pet of the Week

Meet Hoss! He is a 4-year-old male pitbull mix available from the Bell County Animal Shelter. Hoss is a sweetheart, very friendly, loves people and kids and knows no stranger. He needs a home with a fenced-in yard where he has room to run and play. His adoption fee is $70. Hoss is up-to-date on shots, heart worm negative, housebroken and is neutere

Riding for St. Jude

This spring will include several horseback riding events throughout the Tri-State — two of which will be held in Bell County. T&T Stables will be hosting a Saddle Up for St. Jude Ride on April 25 and 26. This event has raised thousands of dollars to benefit pediatric medicine and patients in years past. Saturday's event will include an

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Boy Scouts and Venture Crew members move a log from the Mischa Mokwa trail on Saturday during a trail cleanup project. Cumberland Gap National Historical Park will host a celebration for the 50th anniversary of the Mischa Mokwa trail which is within park borders. The trail is a right of passage for scouts and a symbol of the close

Scouts cleanup

Photo submitted Boy Scouts and Venture Crew members move a log from the Mischa Mokwa trail on Saturday during a trail cleanup project. Cumberland Gap National Historical Park will host a celebration for the 50th anniversary of the Mischa Mokwa trail which is within park borders. The trail is a right of passage for scouts and a symbol of the close

Local Boy Scouts will be giving a whole new meaning to the phrase 'boots on the ground.' On Saturday, more than 20 scouts from different state will be cleaning up sections of the Mischa Mokwa Trail.
This trail was created by a team of local scouts in 1965. Today, the trail is mostly maintained by the National Park Service as it lies within the bor

More than badges

Local Boy Scouts will be giving a whole new meaning to the phrase 'boots on the ground.' On Saturday, more than 20 scouts from different state will be cleaning up sections of the Mischa Mokwa Trail. This trail was created by a team of local scouts in 1965. Today, the trail is mostly maintained by the National Park Service as it lies within the bor

Meet Kent! He is a 2-year-old male terrier mix available from the Bell County Animal Shelter. Kent is sweet, loves kids, is affectionate, playful and will make a great companion for someone. His adoption fee is $70. Kent is up-to-date on shots and is neutered. If you are interested in meeting Kent or any other of the adoptable pets, the shelter can

Pet of the Week

Meet Kent! He is a 2-year-old male terrier mix available from the Bell County Animal Shelter. Kent is sweet, loves kids, is affectionate, playful and will make a great companion for someone. His adoption fee is $70. Kent is up-to-date on shots and is neutered. If you are interested in meeting Kent or any other of the adoptable pets, the shelter can

Educators' job is to teach, but who do teachers look to for additional learning or assistance when they are in need?
The Bluegrass Center for Teacher Quality gave a presentation at the Middlesboro Public Library on April 1. This organization is designed to give teachers additional professional development opportunities and help provide specific le

Quantifying education

Educators' job is to teach, but who do teachers look to for additional learning or assistance when they are in need? The Bluegrass Center for Teacher Quality gave a presentation at the Middlesboro Public Library on April 1. This organization is designed to give teachers additional professional development opportunities and help provide specific le

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park has a new facilities manager. Robert Beech is the newest member of the park team and is looking forward to spending time in the mountains.
Hailing from Chattanooga, Beech is familiar with the terrain and has worked for the National Park Service since 1998.
Beech was recently transferred from Biscayne Nation

Beech back to mountains

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park has a new facilities manager. Robert Beech is the newest member of the park team and is looking forward to spending time in the mountains. Hailing from Chattanooga, Beech is familiar with the terrain and has worked for the National Park Service since 1998. Beech was recently transferred from Biscayne Nation

Kelsey Gerhardt | Daily News
Daily News reporter Anthony Cloud, center, received the award for “Best Sports Feature Story” from the Kentucky Press Association in their recent statewide competition. His article titled “Breaking the color barrier” was the winning story. The article was about former Middlesboro High School sta

Cloud wins Kentucky Press Association Award

Kelsey Gerhardt | Daily News Daily News reporter Anthony Cloud, center, received the award for “Best Sports Feature Story” from the Kentucky Press Association in their recent statewide competition. His article titled “Breaking the color barrier” was the winning story. The article was about former Middlesboro High School sta





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