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Bears glad to be back home

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A trip to Richmond last Saturday to take on Bryan Station in their season opener taught the Harlan County Black Bears a few things about their team.The Bears learned, in very painful fashion, that they are not yet equipped to cover a team with four fast and athletic receivers like Bryan Station put on the field, especially when a mobile quarterback like Andre Davis is behind center. Davis connected on six of six passes for 204 yards and five touchdowns in a 56-22 win over Harlan County.Fortunately for Harlan County, it’s unlikely there are more than a handful of teams in the state with that kind of personnel.


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State gets $20 million grant for energy studyLEXINGTON (AP) — Democrats and Republicans gathered Wednesday to celebrate a $20 million federal grant designed to move Kentucky to new forms of energy, a tricky subject in a state dominated by the coal industry.Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and U.S. Rep. Andy Barr joined Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear and state House Majority Leader Rocky Adkins to announce a federal grant spread out among the sta...

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Obama golfs while the world burns

President Obama has officially become the laughingstock of the world, happily ensconced in the wonderland of Martha’s Vineyard on one of his many vacations, while a junior varsity terrorist group runs amok lopping off heads of everyone in their path, the borders remain a sieve, Gaza remains a battleground, and the Russians toy with taking the Ukraine among a few crises that are boiling over.It is utterly appalling that Obama, the king of optics, would make a perfunctory state...

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Bell County Farm Field Day planned

Bell County Farm Field Day is planned Aug. 29 at the Bell County Fairgrounds, located at Fourmile.The program will begin at 9 a.m. and will include falconry with Mitch Whitaker, a mountain man, beekeeping, fisheries, greased pig contest for the youth and a free lunch. The pigs from the contest will be auctioned to the highest bidder.The Bell County 4-H Country Hams will also be auctioned to the highest bidder! Youth activities will be going on throughout the program. Doo...

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What’s Goin’ On

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Breathitt schools to remain under state control

FRANKFORT (AP) — The Kentucky Board of Education has decided to keep control of the Breathitt County school district for up to three more years.Media report the unanimous decision came Tuesday after a nine-hour hearing in Frankfort.Attorneys for state Education Commissioner Terry Holliday argued that continued state management was needed so that students would continue making progress.Local school board members argued that some of their powers should be ...

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Youth minister indicted for sex abuse

A Virginia youth minister has been indicted on sex abuse charges involving a minor, stemming from an incident which is alleged to have occurred in Kentucky.According to a press release, on July 10, Kentucky State Police Post 10 received information from the Lee County, Va. Department of Social Services. Workers from DCBS were requesting an investigation into a possible sexual abuse allegation involving a youth minister from Freedom of Worship Church in Norton, Va.Allegat...

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Corbin man charged with arson

A Corbin man was arrested on Tuesday after he allegedly set a building on fire.Christopher Wyatt, 28, was arrested by Kentucky State Police Trooper Chad Gregory and charged with third-degree arson.On Monday at approximately 7:30 p.m., Kentucky State Police Post 10 Harlan received a call of a structure fire on Ky 3436 in the Corbin community of Knox County.Preliminary investigation indicates that a structure had been intentionally set on fire. Gregory began an ...

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Social media users mum on opinions

WASHINGTON (AP) — People who use Facebook and Twitter are less likely than others to share their opinions on hot-button issues, even when they are offline, according to a surprising new survey by the Pew Research Center.The study, done in conjunction with Rutgers University in New Jersey, challenges the view of social media as a vehicle for debate by suggesting that sites like Facebook and Twitter might actually encourage self-censorship. Researchers said they detect what the...

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Towles’ hard work rewarded with starting job

The suspense is over. When Kentucky sends its offense onto the field against UT-Martin on Saturday, Patrick Towles is expected to be under center.UK head coach Mark Stoops named the third-year sophomore as the Wildcats’ starting quarterback entering the 2014 season after a prolonged four-man battle that began in the spring.“Patrick’s done a very good job,” Stoops said. “I have a lot of confidence in Patrick. He’s worked extremely hard....

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Mortgage fraud settlement a big boost for state

In 2008, the weight of lies and greed that built the subprime mortgage industry finally grew so heavy that it collapsed and took the economy with it.Tens of thousands of Kentuckians still suffer the aftershocks from losing their homes and/or their jobs and from the sluggish economy that, six years later, is still not safely back on track.So it was more than welcome news Thursday that the Kentucky Retirement Systems, thanks to the efforts of hard working attorneys in the ...

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Evarts plans big Labor Day Festival

Finalizing plans for their upcoming Labor Day Festival slated for Saturday, members of the Evarts Tourist and Convention Commission reported everything is now in place for the event, which will be held in downtown Evarts.After a lengthy discussion, a motion was made and approved to provide inflatables for the children to enjoy during the festival.“We’ve got a lot of vendors who have filled out their applications, but we also have a lot who have said they will...

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Harlan coal a hit at Kentucky State Fair

The Kentucky State Fair is an opportunity for Kentucky counties to show off the best they have to offer, and Harlan County was no exception at this year’s event.Harlan County Tourism Director Brandon Pennington said the county used the fair as an opportunity to spread the word about Harlan County attractions.“We ended up giving away approximately 3,000 brochures,” said Pennington.Pennington said about 1,500 street maps, close to 1,200 Portal ...

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Man indicted for sexual abuse

An indictment charging a man with sexually abusing a child under 12 was handed down by the Harlan County Grand Jury on Aug. 11.Curtis Eugene Hensley, 59, of Baxter, was arrested by the Harlan County Sheriff’s Office on an indictment warrant on Tuesday.A press release from the sheriff’s office states Hensley was arrested by Sgt. Chris Brewer. Brewer was assisted by Capt. Miron Southerland.According to the indictment, Hensley subjected a child under ...

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Grand Canyon walk honors KSP troopers

Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer and Lt. Col. Jack Miniard trekked the Grand Canyon from rim to rim Aug. 22-24 in a 30-mile hike to honor all KSP troopers who currently serve and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice with their lives.The pair carried the photos of the 27 officers who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty since the agency’s inception in 1948.Brewer and Miniard used vacation time for the hike and incurred all expenses associated ...

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UN panel: Global warming human-caused, dangerous

WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming is here, human-caused and probably already dangerous — and it’s increasingly likely that the heating trend could be irreversible, a draft of a new international science report says.The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on Monday sent governments a final draft of its synthesis report, which combines three earlier, gigantic documents by the Nobel Prize-winning group. There is little in the report that wa...

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State leader pleads guilty in kickbacks scheme

WEST LIBERTY (AP) — Circular saws squealed and construction workers hammered away on buildings, part of this Appalachian area’s painstaking recovery from a deadly 2012 tornado.About 60 miles away, inside in a federal courtroom Tuesday in Lexington, the elected official who led the reconstruction in Morgan County sobbed as he pleaded guilty to a fraud charge stemming from a kickback scheme.Judge-Executive Tim Conley, the county’s top official, received $...

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Today in History

By the Associated PressToday is Wednesday, August 27, the 239th day of 2014. There are 126 days left in the year.Today’s Highlights in History:On August 27, 1964, President Lyndon Baines Johnson accepted his party’s nomination for a term in his own right, telling the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey, “Let us join together in giving every American the fullest life which he can hope f...

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