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Kelsey Gerhardt

Position: Reporter
E-Mail Address: kgerhardt@civitasmedia.com
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Latest Stories by Kelsey Gerhardt

Park name in lights

Pine Mountain State Resort Park will soon have their name in lights thanks to a letter of intent for funding that was approved at the Bell County Tourism Commission Meeting on Tuesday. The park will have two lighted signs along U.S. 25E above the road. The signs will draw attention to the park itself and another for the zip-line canopy tour. R

The Cat in the Hat will be making an appearance in the Tri-State at the Read Across America event. The Middlesboro Mall will be hosting this annual event with the Children's Reading Foundation of Appalachia and the National Education Association.
The Cat in the Hat will be joined by many other storybook characters to give out free books and encour

Seuss celebrated at mall

The Cat in the Hat will be making an appearance in the Tri-State at the Read Across America event. The Middlesboro Mall will be hosting this annual event with the Children's Reading Foundation of Appalachia and the National Education Association. The Cat in the Hat will be joined by many other storybook characters to give out free books and encour

Schedules amended

As we near the end of snowy and icy weather for the season, many businesses still have winter related messes to clean up and area schools are no different. Dozens of schools in Lee, Claiborne and Bell counties have missed upwards of 10 days of school due to the weather. This will mean for schedule flexibility and makeup days that could extend the

Meet Tina! She is a 6-month-old grey longhair mix available from the Bell County Animal Shelter. Tina is sweet, loves attention and likes to rub on her human's leg. Her adoption fee is $70. If you are interested in meeting Tina or any other of the adoptable pets, the shelter can be reached at 606-337-6331.

Pet of the Week

Meet Tina! She is a 6-month-old grey longhair mix available from the Bell County Animal Shelter. Tina is sweet, loves attention and likes to rub on her human's leg. Her adoption fee is $70. If you are interested in meeting Tina or any other of the adoptable pets, the shelter can be reached at 606-337-6331.

Pineville represents in DC

Pineville was one of three cities chosen to represent Kentucky in Washington D.C. for Historic Advocacy Preservation Week from March 2 through 5. Main Street Pineville Director Jacob Roan will be speaking to senators and representatives on Capitol Hill to express the city and state's interests on a national level. “Without a doubt, I'm so h

Grouse are making a comeback in the Bell County area due to research and development by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR).
Biologists and KDFWR staff have spent several decades researching the needs and habitat of the birds on public lands covering over 2 million acres across the Commonwealth. 
KDFWR will be holding p

Grouse gaining ground in area

Grouse are making a comeback in the Bell County area due to research and development by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR). Biologists and KDFWR staff have spent several decades researching the needs and habitat of the birds on public lands covering over 2 million acres across the Commonwealth. KDFWR will be holding p

Snow still covers the Tri-State but temperatures in the single digits and even negatives can mean a hard time for parts of your home. Having frozen water pipes is a common occurrence during cold weather and this winter storm is no different.
Arthur-Shawanee Utility District in Harrogate estimates 40 to 50 lines have frozen and been reported in the

Frozen pipe issues

Snow still covers the Tri-State but temperatures in the single digits and even negatives can mean a hard time for parts of your home. Having frozen water pipes is a common occurrence during cold weather and this winter storm is no different. Arthur-Shawanee Utility District in Harrogate estimates 40 to 50 lines have frozen and been reported in the

Frozen pipe issues

Snow still covers the Tri-State but temperatures in the single digits and even negatives can mean a hard time for parts of your home. Having frozen water pipes is a common occurrence during cold weather and this winter storm is no different. Arthur-Shawanee Utility District in Harrogate estimates 40 to 50 lines have frozen and been reported in the

New school goals set

During Tuesday's regular meeting, new goals were announced and approved by the Middlesboro Independent School Board. Superintendent Steve Martin believes these are important for the most effective school year possible. “As a whole, these goals affect things that are critically important to the success of the students, board, district and ou

Ban plays role in business

Tobacco has played a weighty role in the history of the Commonwealth, however a proposed ban may change the future of this cash crop. The Kentucky House of Representatives passed a ban on smoking on Feb. 6. This ban, if also passed by the senate, would effectively stop smoking in public places and work places. While many area restaurants and busi

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A titmouse and woodpecker share breakfast on Monday morning. While humans slow their pace during wintry weather, nature continues.
Kelsey Gerhardt|Daily News
Snow, ice and low temperatures over the next few days may keep the area quieter than normal.
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Cars attempt to travel safely down Cu

White-Out

Kelsey Gerhardt|Daily News A titmouse and woodpecker share breakfast on Monday morning. While humans slow their pace during wintry weather, nature continues. Kelsey Gerhardt|Daily News Snow, ice and low temperatures over the next few days may keep the area quieter than normal. William S. Tribell|Daily News Cars attempt to travel safely down Cu

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Children's Reading Foundation of Appalachia Director Debbie Knuckles samples brownies at the Bell County Chamber of Commerce Chocolate Craze last week. The Middlesboro Mall was filled with vendors from the area who passed out chocolate goodies to ticketholders. A portion of the proceeds went to benefit the Children's Rea

Reading is sweet

Kelsey Gerhardt|Daily News Children's Reading Foundation of Appalachia Director Debbie Knuckles samples brownies at the Bell County Chamber of Commerce Chocolate Craze last week. The Middlesboro Mall was filled with vendors from the area who passed out chocolate goodies to ticketholders. A portion of the proceeds went to benefit the Children's Rea

Main Street Pineville has been making strides towards planning their future goals as an organization and city including a full day of Vision Forums last week.
Thursday included five informational sessions and discussion led by Dr. Lorraine Garkovich from University of Kentucky, Mayor Scott Madon and Main Street Pineville Director Jacob Roan.
R

Forums give vision for future

Main Street Pineville has been making strides towards planning their future goals as an organization and city including a full day of Vision Forums last week. Thursday included five informational sessions and discussion led by Dr. Lorraine Garkovich from University of Kentucky, Mayor Scott Madon and Main Street Pineville Director Jacob Roan. R

A second shot for vaccines

Vaccinations are a long debated topic among parents. Reports from nearly 60 years ago stated that there is a potential correlation between vaccinations and autism in children, however updated reports are correcting that information. Several studies have focused on all components in a vaccine from the antigens to preservatives. As a result, the Cen

Meet Buggy! This adorable 6-month-old Tabby and white kitten is available from the Bell County Animal Shelter. Buggy is sweet, friendly and loves attention. His adoption fee is $70. If you are interested in meeting Buggy or any other of the adoptable pets, the shelter can be reached at 606-337-6331.

Pet of the Week

Meet Buggy! This adorable 6-month-old Tabby and white kitten is available from the Bell County Animal Shelter. Buggy is sweet, friendly and loves attention. His adoption fee is $70. If you are interested in meeting Buggy or any other of the adoptable pets, the shelter can be reached at 606-337-6331.

As spring nears, many people look to the outdoors to cure their cabin fever. The Tri-State Regional Trails Committee has area-wide outdoor adventuring in mind and has planned their next meeting for next month.
The committee will meet on March 24 at noon in the Laurel Room at Pine Mountain State Resort Park. The meeting will include speakers from V

Trails lead to discussion

As spring nears, many people look to the outdoors to cure their cabin fever. The Tri-State Regional Trails Committee has area-wide outdoor adventuring in mind and has planned their next meeting for next month. The committee will meet on March 24 at noon in the Laurel Room at Pine Mountain State Resort Park. The meeting will include speakers from V

A new store is open for business in downtown Middlesboro that will give shoppers many options.
Eva's and Evan's Downtown Vendors Mall opened at the beginning of February. Owner Rhonda Cornett wants to give her customers a variety of items to choose from while continuing her mother's legacy as a shop owner.
“People know my mom, Eva, and she

Vendors Mall opens downtown

A new store is open for business in downtown Middlesboro that will give shoppers many options. Eva's and Evan's Downtown Vendors Mall opened at the beginning of February. Owner Rhonda Cornett wants to give her customers a variety of items to choose from while continuing her mother's legacy as a shop owner. “People know my mom, Eva, and she

Lincoln Memorial University's namesake, the sixteenth President of the United States, left an impression on the world and Appalachia. Now the university's president, Dr. James B. Dawson, wants to leave his mark on the area, school and students.
Dawson is originally from Evansville, Ind. His undergraduate degrees are from Indiana University and he

Local Folks

Lincoln Memorial University's namesake, the sixteenth President of the United States, left an impression on the world and Appalachia. Now the university's president, Dr. James B. Dawson, wants to leave his mark on the area, school and students. Dawson is originally from Evansville, Ind. His undergraduate degrees are from Indiana University and he

Meet Honey! She is a 2.5 year old Terrier mix available from the Bell County Animal Shelter. Honey is loving and gets along with other dogs and cats. She is laid back and has lots of affection to give. Her adoption fee is $70. If you are interested in meeting Honey or any other of the adoptable pets, the shelter can be reached at 606-337-6331.

Pet of the Week

Meet Honey! She is a 2.5 year old Terrier mix available from the Bell County Animal Shelter. Honey is loving and gets along with other dogs and cats. She is laid back and has lots of affection to give. Her adoption fee is $70. If you are interested in meeting Honey or any other of the adoptable pets, the shelter can be reached at 606-337-6331.

Pineville holds forum for future

The beginning of Main Street Pineville's year has been full of activities to help steer the city into the future. The next step of this planning process will be Your Future, Your City Vision Forums set for Feb. 12. Thursday will consist of five separate forums at different locations throughout the city to give focus on the wants and needs of vario





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