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Harlan man seriously injured in attempt to burn debris

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Top officials with the Harlan Fire Department and Harlan Police Department are urging residents to refrain from using gasoline to start or fuel fires.The safety message was issued Wednesday afternoon following an incident on River Street in Harlan where a man was seriously burned while attempting to ignite debris near his home.The two agencies, along with Harlan EMS, responded to a call of someone having set himself on fire. Upon arrival, they found the victim, Robert Napier, had been seriously burned while attempting to throw gas on the debris when it “flashed on him,” officials said.


Funeral program at Southeast thriving, says director

Already unique as the only funeral service program in Kentucky, the program at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College has received full accreditation from the American Board of Funeral Service Education.Denise Shumate, the program’s director, told members of the Harlan County Chamber of Commerce that all the recent graduates have found employment. She said all graduates are now eligible to participate in the national board examination. She added graduates are requ...

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Lynch council passes ordinance to keep dwellings safe, sanitary

An ordinance setting rules and regulations pertaining to occupying or residing in single family dwellings or apartments and the sanitation of those dwelling was unanimously approved during a meeting of the Lynch City Council on Tuesday.The ordinance states citizens shall not occupy or reside in a dwelling that is devoid of electric or water service or devoid of sanitary conditions. Anyone living in these conditions will be deemed in violation of the ordinance and will be subject to...

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Council briefed on sewer system woes

Reports on smoke tests on the city of Cumberland’s sewer system and the cost of treating sewage were among the topics addressed by Cumberland City Council on Tuesday.Matt Glass, representing the Kentucky Rural Water Association, told council he had conducted various tests in the city. A problem identified is gutters being emptied into the sewer system, increasing costs for treating water that shouldn’t be occurring.He stressed the water from the gutters shoul...

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Calloway man charged with identity theft

Kentucky State Police Trooper Joey Brigmon arrested John Rutherford for allegedly using another person’s credit to purchase oil.According to the complaint, Rutherford, 44, of Calloway, used Brenda Craig’s personal information in order to make credit transactions at Advance Auto Parts.The complaint states Rutherford used Craig’s bank account information to purchase $484.72 worth of oil from Advance Auto Parts on June 12.The complaint additiona...

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Boil-water advisory issued

Cawood Water District has issued a boil-water advisory for Bobs Creek to the end of KY 72 until further notice.

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The Law School Hall of Fame and dead lawyers

It was a session of the Kentucky Bar Association, but it felt like a wake. A reasonably large crowd came to hear about the downbeat topic of attorney suicides. Two years ago, a number of Kentucky attorneys took their own lives. All men, mostly middle aged.Some of the people who killed themselves were my friends. One was a good friend. Like I did, he grew up on the banks of the Ohio River in Northern Kentucky, just a few miles from where the convention was taking place. When I looke...

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Stand in the Gap Coalition meets

The Stand in the Gap Coalition (SIGCO) conducted its quarterly meeting June 28 at their headquarters located at the oldest standing church in Cumberland Gap.SIGCO is a faith-based organization and includes an 11-county coalition of volunteers in eastern Tennessee, Kentucky and southwestern Virginia. Their purpose is to seek the eradication of drug and alcohol abuse, and family violence.

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Coal company says Illinois rival breached deal

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A leading U.S. coal company is suing a rival with which it shared confidential business plans during a deal that later fizzled, saying the competitor used the proprietary details to buy up land in southern Illinois to thwart the accuser’s expansion plans.Murray Energy Corp., a privately held Ohio-based company, alleges in a lawsuit Saline County, Illinois, that Williamson Energy LLC breached terms of a confidentiality agreement in 2008 w...

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Corps unveils mobile website to view ‘River Status’ in Cumberland River basin

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District recently went live with the mobile website “River Status” giving anyone with a smart device and Internet access an ability to view real-time water information within the Cumberland River watershed.The public can access “River Status” by opening a web browser and going to http://riverstatus.usace.army.mil.Users get instant access to stream gages, rain gages, water quality ...

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Harlan 11-12s rally for 4-3 win

CORBIN — A weather delay brought a change in momentum Tuesday night as Harlan’s 11-12 All-Stars scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to pull out a 4-3 win over Middlesboro in an elimination game at the District 4 Tournament.Harlan advances to play Wayne County in another elimination game today at 8 p.m. at Rotary Park in Corbin.It was a tale of two games. Behind a dominant performance from pitcher Riley Gent and some opportunistic base-running M...

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Harlan rallies for win over Middlesboro with four-run fifth

The Harlan All-Stars’ offense came alive just in time to stay alive in the District 4 Tournament (ages 11-12) in Corbin.Down 3-0 going into the bottom of the fifth inning, Harlan scored four runs to rally for a 4-3 victory.Corbin routed McCreary County 26-1 in the opening game Tuesday.Harlan will play Wayne County on Wednesday at 8. Corbin will play Knox County at 6. The two winners will meet on Thursday at 8. Hazard will play Clay County on Thursday at ...

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Daily Bible Thought

Our greatest comfort in sorrow is to know that God is in control.Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? — Job 38:4

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Today in History — July 9

By the Associated PressToday is Wednesday, July 9, the 190th day of 2014. There are 175 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On July 9, 1944, during World War II, American forces secured Saipan as the last Japanese defenses fell.On this date:In 1540, England’s King Henry VIII had his 6-month-old marriage to his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, annulled.In ...

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Local youth honored with blood drive

The Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) and Chasity Vanover, postmaster at the Loyall Post Office, hosted a community blood drive on Tuesday in honor of 16-year-old Mary Elizabeth Davis, of Baxter, who suffers from several health issues.“Mary Elizabeth has to go to the doctor on a regular basis where she has to give blood and I thought why not have a blood drive in her honor and the blood center agreed,” said Vanover.Born with hearing and visual issues, Davis said sh...

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Computers, Internet available to public at HCCAA

In an effort to provide more Kentuckians access to a computer and the Internet, the Harlan County Community Action Agency (HCCAA) will offer free usage of computers and the Internet at their local office.The program’s kickoff will be held at 2 p.m. on July 15 at 319 Camden Street in the Sunshine area of Harlan.“This will be a resource place where people can come and search for employment or other things they need to do on a computer,” said HCCAA Directo...

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HCHS graduate rewarded for his work on website

Harlan County High School graduate Nick Early was rewarded for his help in establishing a website for the Kentucky Black Bear Festival hosted annually by the Cumberland Tourist and Convention Commission at a recent special called meeting.Director Tracy Bailey told board members the work Early did was through a learning computer program at the high school and there was no cost to the commission. She went on to request the commission donate $200 to Early for his work. That request wa...

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Giving back to the community

Nola Sizemore|Daily EnterpriseHarlan’s Tractor Supply Manager Matt Estep, left, presents a check for $695 to Harlan County 4-H Extension Agent Raymond Cox. The funds were raised through their paper clover program the store conducted in recent months. Estep said it is just one way the company gives back to the community.

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