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5-K Bear Crawl Obstacle Mud Run a success

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The first annual 5-K Bear Crawl Obstacle Mud Run event took place on June 21 hosted by the Cumberland Tourist Commission and sponsored by WCPM Radio, Southern Wholesale, the Harlan Tourist Commission & Cumberland Tourist Commission. Local resident Michael Hatfield coordinated the event and building of the course. He worked very hard on this project and had several volunteers that helped him. Planning began in April and all of the hard work definitely paid off.On a rainy dreary Saturday morning participants began showing up just a little after 7 a.m. to get down and dirty in the mud. Six teams and individuals consisted of approximately 45 runners in the Bear Crawl event.


Beware of Internet scammers

I usually start my day by firing up my computer. Then I check my email where it sometimes takes up to a minute to delete over 99 percent of it. I do scan through it on the outside chance that someone I know stayed up later than I did last night and sent me something I might want to know, but it’s mostly junk, often from a princess in Nigeria who says she has lots of money she wants to share with me. At least I’m guessing that’s what she’s still up to. I haven’t a...

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When God answers prayer, ‘not yet’

A pastor thought God gave Him an idea, and he presented it at the church board meeting. After giving his most impassioned plea and really “selling” the idea, the board voted and voted down the pastor’s proposed changes 12-1. The head elder looked at the pastor and said, “Well pastor, its 12 votes to 1. It looks like you’ve been out voted, and it is time to go home. Will you please close in prayer.” The pastor, not wanting to give up yet on what he felt God ...

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Fight like a Butterfly

Decades ago, while speaking of an upcoming championship bout, Muhammad Ali constructed a poetic couplet of epic proportions. With glitzy words corresponding to his style both in and out of the ring, “The Greatest” claimed he would “Float like a butterfly and sting like a bee,” because his opponent’s “hands can’t hit what his eyes can’t see.”

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Should the 4th of July be a world holiday?

I’m not one to go for all this “A United World” stuff, but I do think the entire planet should celebrate the 4th of July. Here is why.For thousands of years, the human race trudged along pretty much the same way as it always had and then along came America. Since the founding of America think of how far we’ve come.Medicine: When American independence was declared, doctors believed that “bleeding” someone was the best way to cure what a...

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God deserves this exaltation

America is the country of great men like:*Patrick Henry who said “Give me liberty or give me death.”*George Washington, whose army of farmers defeated the greatest military power in the world to earn the independence of a fledgling country.*Abraham Lincoln, who fought a civil war to free those bound by the oppression of slavery*Teddy Roosevelt, who walked softly and carried a big stick.*Franklin Roosevelt, who said, “We ...

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Hearing God’s quiet voice in man’s noisy world

…after the strong wind and earthquake…after the earthquake a fire…after the fire a still small voice… 1 Kings 19:11-12It was a fun evening and a fairly common one around our house. Our oldest was home from her first year of college. Our youngest was out his admissions application and would leave for college at the end of the summer. But for that moment they were home.

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Jones looks back on career as one of state’s most successful coaches

One of the most successful coaches in Harlan County history stepped down earlier this summer, perhaps ending a coaching career that began on the high school level in 1980 and has connections to most of the great players and teams in the county since that time.Mike Jones posted a 613-255 record in 28 seasons as a boys basketball coach in a career that included stops at Cawood, Jackson County, Todd Central, Harlan, Clay County and Harlan County.

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North Laurel downs Harlan County for District 4 title

North Laurel scored four runs in the both the second and fifth innings to defeat Harlan County 10-5 Friday at Lynn Camp.Harlan County needed two wins over North Laurel to win the District 4 title, but North was able to earn a trip to the state tournament with its second win over Harlan County. North rallied for a 9-8 win over Harlan County on Wednesday.A 7-1 win Thursday over South London gave Harlan County another shot at North Laurel....

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Dayspring Counseling Services LLC opens

Rhonda Robinson, of Smith, started out on a journey 10 years ago working toward becoming a Licensed Professional Clinical and National Board Certified Counselor with a vision of opening her own private practice to use the gifts and talents she said she feels “God has blessed her with.”“This dream has come to pass with the official opening of Dayspring Counseling Services LLC,” said Robinson. “I draw upon a number of therapeutic methods to develop a tre...

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Deceased World War I vet gets another recruitment notice

KINGSTON, Pa. — The Selective Service wants World War I veteran Bert Huey back.Huey, who died in 1995 at the age of 100, fought in the U.S. Army during WWI and if he were alive today — even at 119 — his grandson said he would probably take the letter to the Selective Service and offer to sign up.“If he was here, yeah, he would probably laugh and say, ‘Yeah, I’ll go.’ He was that kind of guy,” said Chuck Huey, Bert’s 7...

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Daily Bible Thought

God’s names, which describe His character, can bring comfort when we need it most.The name of the Lord is a strong tower. — Proverbs 18:10

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Today in History — July 12

By the Associated Press Today is Saturday, July 12, the 193rd day of 2014. There are 172 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On July 12, 1984, Democratic presidential candidate Walter F. Mondale announced his choice of U.S. Rep. Geraldine A. Ferraro of New York to be his running mate; Ferraro was the first woman to run for vice president on a major-party ticket.On this date:...

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Watching a coaching legend for 30 years from the best seat in the house

If my records are correct, Mike Jones coached 868 boys varsity games in a career stretching back 30 years.It’s safe to say I covered around 500 of those games as a sports writer, about two thirds of his games in four years at Cawood and eight years at Harlan and about 90 percent of his games the past six years at Harlan County High School, along with a handful of games at Jackson County and a dozen or so at Clay County.Last week is sometimes a blur, but my long-ter...

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Saylor’s clutch effort keeps Harlan County All-Stars alive

Short on pitching after a hard-fought loss to North Laurel on Wednesday, the Harlan County All-Stars needed a big game from Andrew Saylor on Thursday against South London.Saylor delivered with a complete game, scattering six hits as Harlan County advanced to a rematch against North Laurel with a 7-1 win over South London.“We needed him to throw strikes and let his defense work. He did exactly what we asked,” Harlan County coach Bob Ruth...

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HCHS graduate selected as UK dancer

From the time she joined the Harlan County High School dance team as a freshman, Bailey McHargue was already looking ahead.“From Day 1 she set her goals on becoming a member of the University of Kentucky dance team,” said McHargue’s mother and coach, Tami Brock. “All four years of high school, she never really considered doing anything else or going anywhere else. It’s always been UK dance for her.”McHargue achieved that goal this spri...

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Benham discusses fire department aid money

Benham City Council welcomed new fire Chief George Birman during a meeting on Thursday. The new chief jumped right in, updating council on a situation concerning his department and state aid funds.“We’ve got some issues that go all the way back to 2002,” said Birman. “Presently, we’re not eligible for any state aid money. We’re not eligible for any FEMA grants. We’ve got to get all that taken care of.”Birman said the proble...

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Outdoor Recreation Board discusses variety of issues

The Harlan County Outdoor Recreation Authority discussed a variety of issues during a meeting on Wednesday.Board member Mike King suggested holding a Spartan or “Tough Mudder” type foot race on Labor Day Weekend.According to Wikipedia, a Spartan Race is a series of obstacle races of varying distance and difficulty ranging from one mile to marathon distances.The panel nominated King to look into the details of holding that type of event.T...

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