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Settlement marks local, national park history

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The National Park Service encompasses parks that range from coral lined coasts of the Florida Keys to giant redwood forests in California, but the mountainous terrain and spectacular views throughout our own Cumberland Gap National Park tell a different story.A presidential act signed by Woodrow Wilson on Aug. 25, 1916 has led the NPS to acquire or purchase over 84 million acres that span the 50 states and several of the U.S. territories.This week marks the 98th birthday of the NPS and without it, visitors may not have the opportunity to see the Tri-State from the Pinnacle Overlook or hike in the footsteps of Daniel Boone.

 

New Orleans should surpass Panthers in South

With everyone picking looming disaster along the Carolina Panthers’ offensive line, Cam Newton likely struggling with a still-gimpy ankle, a running game that appears to have both run its course and hit an unscalable injury wall, and very little speed on the outside, the prospects for a repeat at the top of the NFC South for this team appear dim as a comet in the daylight.

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Ice Bucket Challenge a great idea

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gerhig’s disease, is a horrible illness.It’s a progressive disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons from ALS eventually leads to death.Sadly, having Lou Gerhig’s disease is a death sentence. For those who have witnessed it up close,...

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State agency releases Boat Sober app

FRANKFORT (AP) — The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has released a new mobile app for smart phones and tablets that provides information on boating safety and boating under the influence.Called Boat Sober, the app is available for Android systems from Google Play and for Apple iOS systems at the App Store.The agency’s assistant director of law enforcement, Maj. Shane Carrier, says it’s hoped the app will help make Kentucky waterways ...

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Fatal shooting of child spurs call to end violence

LOUISVILLE (AP) — The fatal shooting of a 1-year-old girl has spurred family members and community activists to call for an end to violence in the area.Police say an unknown assailant killed the child on Wednesday and wounded her mother as they sat on a porch outside their home in Louisville’s west end.The Courier-Journal reports police have been called to the community 74 times in August alone.On Thursday, the child’s great grandmother, Sher...

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Count your blessings any day

The average American is happy to have a paying job with the opportunity to make a little more money. Most Americans would like to work a few extra hours when they could. However, many Americans dream of retiring to fish, golf, garden or relax. Others enjoy working so much that they never quit.It all depends on the kind of work you do. If you are a coal miner, then retirement at 55 looks great. If the daily manual labor is not too overtaxing then many enjoy staying on the job.

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Cook carries Lynn Camp past Skins

Four touchdown runs by Dalton Cook were too much for the Cumberland Redskins to overcome as the visiting Lynn Camp Wildcats pulled away for a 44-12 victory in seventh- and eighth-grade football action ThursdayCook’s first TD gave Lynn Camp an early lead before Cumberland’s Xavier Simmons answered with a 15-yard run that cut the deficit to 8-6.Cook’s second touchdown made it 16-6, but ...

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News in Brief

Man cited for mining coal without a permitFRANKFORT (AP) — Kentucky officials have cited an eastern Kentucky man for illegally mining coal in Letcher County.The Kentucky Division of Mine Safety and the Division of Mine Reclamation and Enforcement say Bryan Lee Wagner mined about 700 tons of coal at a surface mine. He has been charged with mining without a permit and mining without a license.In a violation notice, Wagner, who headed the s...

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Does your job pay enough?

As Americans get ready to celebrate Labor Day, one question many workers may be asking themselves is are they getting paid enough for their labors?Even though the recession of a few years ago has ended, those who have jobs are working fewer hours for less money than they once were.Workers in Harlan County, which has been hit by a sizable loss of jobs due to the decline of the coal industry, are faring worse than those in other areas of Kentucky and the United States....

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HCHS adds more college-level course work

Harlan County High School continues to expand its “dual credit” program, providing students with even more opportunities to earn college credit while still in secondary school.High school guidance counselors Stephanie Reynolds and Scott Shepherd updated the Harlan County Board of Education on the course additions made to the program this year during the board’s recent monthly meeting.Beginning with six dual credit courses at the opening of the consolida...

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Man attempts to escape jail

A man is facing multiple charges including first-degree escape after allegedly attempting to flee from police following his arrest.Bryan Tompkins, 25, of Harlan, was arrested by Harlan City Police Officer George Young on Wednesday.According to a citation, Tompkins was seen driving a vehicle with a license plate on it that expired in June 2006. A valid decal that belonged to another vehicle – a 2010 Chevrolet van registered to Brad Abraham of Wallins – was on ...

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Cats bounce back, beat Bears

Five days after their comeback attempt against visiting Harlan fell short, the Evarts Wildcats made sure they would need no late heroics in a 32-0 victory Thursday over Mountain View.“We talked to the kids before the game about how hard they’ve fought, but they have hurt themselves by getting off to slow starts,” Evarts coach Needham Saylor said. “I thought tonight they came out ready to play and put four good quarters together. I was pleased with how they p...

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Tackling the Lions in the NFC North

If there’s any such thing as a one-man team in the NFL, it is Aaron Rodgers and his Green Bay Packers. Give Eddie Lacy a nod as a terrific back, but when Rodgers went down last year, the team went 0-5 in November. It was only the ineptitude of Chicago and Detroit that left them with an open door to the post-season.It’s very hard not to pick the Pack to win the division again since they’ve done it four years in a row, but three consecutive early exits from the play...

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HCHS football homecoming candidates announced

Photos by Vicki BlakleySenior football homecoming candidates are pictured, from left, front row: Alison Harris, Kennedy Thompson, Bridgette Bennett, Lauren Smith, Rachel Carmical, Taylor Leisge and Taylor Lemar; back row: Kayla Curry, Reagan Nease, Jessica Hall, Morgan Bailey, Savannah Sergent, Chelsea Niday and Autumn Stewart.

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Today in History

By the Associated PressToday is Friday, August 29, the 241st day of 2014. There are 124 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On August 29, 1944, 15,000 American troops of the 28th Infantry Division marched down the Champs Elysees (shahms ay-lee-ZAY’) in Paris as the French capital continued to celebrate its liberation from the Nazis.On this date:In 1533, the last...

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Signs of summer’s close

We are quickly coming to everyone’s favorite time of year. The signs of summer’s close are the start of school, Labor Day and another deer season.Autumn in most states brings cool mornings and warm evenings. It’s the days that country folks enjoy the screen door and open windows. The air seems cleaner and fresher, and the once hazy skies are now as clear as a mountain stream.The most prominent signs of fall are the leaves that are changing from hues of ...

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News in Brief

3 killed in eastern Ky. crashJACKSON (AP) — State police say three people have died and two more suffered injuries when a truck flipped over on an eastern Kentucky highway.WYMT-TV reports the crash happened Wednesday night in Breathitt County on Kentucky 3193.Trooper Tony Russell said it appears the driver lost control of the vehicle, overcorrected and lost control of the vehicle. Russell said the truck, which had five passengers, began ...

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Off-road festival slated

Plans are being finalized for the Coal Country Off-Road Festival on Sept. 26-28 at the Wilderness Trail Off-Road Park.Jon Grace, director of Adventure Tourism, believes this will be one of the biggest years for the festival and one of the most memorable years for the festival’s haunted trail.“Barring a catastrophe, I think this will be the best year yet. I highly suggest you go through the trail and see everything,” said Grace.Grace is expect...

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