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Rhymer participates in youth leadership program

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Harlan County High School student Alisha Rhymer has had a busy summer enhancing her leadership skills.Rhymer recently participated as her school’s representative in the Kentucky Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Academy in Lexington. Students finishing their sophomore year of high school and preparing to enter the junior year are eligible for selection into the program as ambassadors. The program seeks to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation.


Who Is Jesus?

My wife and I watched a good movie last week, “The Life of Pi.” It’s a beautiful movie. The scenery and camera work are a delight to watch, especially in HD. The story is compelling as well. It’s about a man who survives a shipwreck and is set adrift in the ocean. His story of survival is dramatic and kept us enthralled throughout the picture wondering what challenge he would face next and if he would overcome it.

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James on prayer, faith, and personal responsibility

Go to almost any church that still has a Wednesday evening service and one might find most still call it “Prayer Meeting.” But go to almost any church that still has a Wednesday evening prayer meeting and one may be surprised to find that prayer is not the focus of the service. Could it be there is a connection between a prayer meeting that spends fifty minute talking about prayer and ten minutes actually talking to God and the high annual rate of church closings or the plateau an...

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The man behind the curtain # # #

What do Kenosha, Wis., and Cape Cod, Mass., have in common? Besides the fact that they are both splendid, waterfront communities, probably not much. Except this: Seventy-five years ago this week, these towns were the first public release points for one of the greatest films ever. “The Wizard of Oz.”Few movies have had such a prolonged, impactful history. It is consistently voted into the top ten of any “Greatest Movies” list, has been preserved by the Librar...

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God’s Eternal Plan Ephesians 1:3-14

God’s eternal plan includes many heavenly blessings (Ephesians 1:3). These are Spiritual blessings not material blessings. It is the Spirit that controls man and the circumstances that surround him. A man may feel bad; he may be down, depressed and oppressed; but if his spirit is strong, he arises and conquers his feelings. Spiritual blessings are the very opposite of temporal blessings. They are the blessings of the inner man, the blessings of the immortal. But of all blessings, they a...

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Southeast’s Appalachian Program receives funding

A coalition coordinated by the Appalachian Program at Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College (SKCTC) recently received $100,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town Program in support of eighteen months of innovative arts programming fostering community interaction focused on emerging regional artists as part of a larger community renewal effort.

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Armstrong on the moon, 45 years ago

It’s July 19 and I’m at Wapakoneta, Ohio, at the Armstrong Air & Space Museum. Tomorrow is July 20, 2014, the 45th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s walk on the moon. I remember his famous words, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”Do you remember? Very few of those visiting today were even alive on that historic date.The museum is small but well designed, and I want to know who was able to get all these artifacts...

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Free wellness clinic continues today

Nola Sizemore|Daily EnterpriseA free Wellness Clinic, hosted by The Christ Hospital, in Cincinnati, Ohio, will continue today until 6 p.m. at James A. Cawood Elementary School. Among numerous items available for residents is free prescription glasses. Rev. Evelyn Cox, left, 72, a chaplain at the Harlan ARH Hospital, and Brittany Webb, 24 of Floyd County, found glasses to suit their needs. Volunteers Ginger and David Jenkins, of Williamsburg, Ohio, are seen assisting those participa...

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Battling in the trenches

The Harlan County linemen worked out during a recent practice session. Line play has been a key to the Bears’ success over the past six years with several HCHS linemen earning statewide accolades.Senior offensive tackle Zach Caldwell, an all-state selection last season, helped Harlan County win its fourth straight 5A district title.

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City schools to expand dual credit program

The Harlan Independent School System is offering dual credit college courses for students attending high school in their district.“For a number of years we have been offering college-level courses in the district,” said Superintendent C.D. Morton at a special called meeting of the Harlan Independent Board of Education on Wednesday. “For example, we offer Humanities 120, English 101 and 102, History 108 and 109, Introduction to Computers, CIS 120, Computer Applicat...

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Sun Belt chief has faith in ‘Power-5’

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Sun Belt Conference’s 11 institutions are prepared to pay more to remain part of major college football, commissioner Karl Benson said Tuesday.In his state-of-the-conference address during the league’s annual media day, Benson also expressed optimism that the five wealthiest conferences — often called the “power five” — would not insist on new rules which would unduly marginalize the other five NCAA Football Bowl Subd...

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Arrest Records

The following individuals were recently arrested and lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center:• William Alred, 40, of Coldiron, parole violation;• Phillip Lee Aslinger, 47, of Harlan, first-degree disorderly conduct;• Rhonda Brock, 53, of Closplint, alcohol intoxication in a public place;• Oney Brown, 29, of Cranks, non-payment of fines;• Christopher Samuel Cargle, 35, of Evarts, failure to appear;...

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School Calendar

The Harlan County School District will open the 2014-2015 school year for students on Wednesday, Aug. 6. The day will be a full day for students.Mandatory professional development will be held for teachers on Monday, Aug. 4. The opening day for teachers is Tuesday, Aug. 5.Here are the starting and ending times for the schools:Black Mountain - 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.;Cawood Elementary - 7:40 a.m. to 2:35 p.m.;Cumberland Elementary - 7:45 a....

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News in brief

Grimes focusing on jobs, pay equityLOUISVILLE (AP) — Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes on Thursday night portrayed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell as being out of touch with the struggles of Kentuckians, and said his partisanship has hurt the state.Grimes told a Democratic gathering in Louisville that McConnell has turned away from young adults facing huge student loan debt and coal miners struggling to receive black lung benefits. She said t...

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Mine safety rescue teams compete

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Southeast sponsors AHEC Scrubs Camp

Area high school students had the opportunity recently to learn about possible careers inside the health care industry by taking part in the Appalachian Health Education Center (AHEC) Career Craze Summer Scrubs Camp held at Harlan ARH.The event was a three-day event and attracted students ages 12-15 years of age who, for the upcoming school year, will be enrolling in the seventh through ninth grades. To take part in the program, students must have a grade point average of 2.5 or be...

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Brown excited about potential of Wildcats’ offense

LEXINGTON — Kentucky offensive coordinator Neal Brown is only a few weeks away from not only having to pick a starting quarterback, but also put all the pieces together in UK’s offense.Recently he offered these insights into a variety of matters.Question: Where do you play freshman Stanley “Boom” Williams, a four-star recruit from Georgia?

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Grieshop pushes countywide utility district

Members of the Harlan Fiscal Court recently discussed the possibility of combining the county’s two largest water districts, Black Mountain Utility District (BMUD) and Cawood Water District (CWD) to form a Harlan County Utility District.At a meeting held at the county courthouse, Adam Scott, a representative of the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority, asked why there is not a Harlan County Water District that oversees all of the county’s water system. He suggested this ac...

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