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Students voice concerns, dreams for Promise Zone plan

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A group of students from Harlan and Harlan County high schools were asked Thursday if they had family members who had lost jobs in the coal industry. Almost all of the 20 plus students raised their hands.Then, the students were asked if those who lost their jobs had found new employment. Not a single hand went up.The leadership students from the two schools were taking part in a town hall meeting for local youth designed to gain insight from the younger generation on problems and solutions for the area as part of President Barack Obama’s Promise Zone initiative.Harlan is one of eight counties in the state eligible for priority funding through grants and other initiatives as a result of the declaration.

 

Motorcycle benefit ride to be held Sunday

The Coal Miners Underground Motorcycle Club will host a motorcycle benefit ride April 27 at the Village Center Mall, in Harlan, to help Kayla Brewer, of Closplint, and her parents, Mike and Janice, with travel, lodging and food expenses while Kayla is receiving medical treatment in Baltimore, Md.Kayla was born with a rare birth defect in her left leg called fibular hemimelia with congenital femoral deficiency. In order to correct these defects surgery is required. Kayla will be hav...

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Kentucky Commission on Human Rights meets

The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights (KCHR) held its monthly meeting recently at the Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College campus in Cumberland.The KCHR is the state government authority that enforces laws prohibiting discrimination on behalf of the people of Kentucky. The Board of Commissioners consists of 11 members from throughout the state who are appointed by the governor and meet regularly to rule on discrimination complaints with the authority of a court of law...

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County to replace tile in Black Bottom

Replacing tile in the Black Bottom area of Loyall was discussed during a recent meeting of the Loyall City Council. Councilwoman Trenna Cornett said the tile is caving in and is in need of repair.Cornett said she was told the county planned to take the tile out and leave it an open ditch. She said having an open ditch in the area might be a problem, because a home near the area does not have a driveway. She said when they are coming in and out of their home they have to swing over ...

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Evarts man arrested for burglary

An Evarts man is facing a burglary charge after allegedly taking items including wedding rings and wedding bands from a LeJunior home.Joey David Lewis, 32, was arrested on Wednesday by Kentucky State Police Trooper Kevin Miller.According to the citation, Lewis entered the home of Jerri Miracle at 149 Witt Road. Lewis took two wedding rings and two wedding bands from the home.The citation states Lewis was arrested outside the residence on KY 38 near Witt Road. ...

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Trail systems becoming a reality in county

Connecting a trail system to the city of Cumberland and an abandoned rail bed non-motorized trail system were discussed during a recent meeting of the Tri-City Trail Town Task Force Committee (TCTTTFC).Kentucky Adventure Tourism Director Elaine Wilson, along with Eastern Kentucky University Regional Outreach agents Michelle Allen and Maggie Bill, were guests at that meeting. Also attending were Dempsey Miracle and Larry Reed, representatives from Vaughn and Melton Engineering Inc.,...

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State hemlock trees face serious threat

Tens of millions of Kentucky hemlock trees are at risk from a bug—just 1/16 of an inch in size — that literally sucks the life out of the tree by feeding on the starches that are the tree’s food source. The Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (uh-DEL-jid), which has no natural predators, has infested trees in nearly a quarter of the state’s 120 counties, mostly in southeastern Kentucky, but also as far west as Lexington.

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Annual Geocache Weekend is May 2-4

JAMESTOWN – Lake Cumberland State Resort Park will host the 9th Annual Earth Day Geocache Weekend, May 2-4.Geocaching is an outdoor sporting activity in which the participants use a GPS to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches.”Lake Cumberland State Resort Park has prepared another challenging hunt from the novice to the expert cacher. Be prepared for a challenge! The park wants everyone to enjoy the beauty of Lake Cumberla...

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Harlan County Bass Anglers kick off season

The Harlan County Bass Anglers recently kicked off their 2014 season. The first tournament of the year was held on March 1 at Norris Lake in Tennessee sponsored by Capital Finance.The team of Jamie Brackett and Keith Brewer took first place in the event with a five fish limit weighing 13.85 pounds.Jamie Brackett and Keith Brewer also won Big Smallmouth of the tournament with 4 pounds, sponsored by Merle NormanThe team of Dale Beard and Adam Branson won Big Lar...

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So many books, so little time

Photos by Nola Sizemore|Daily EnterpriseSeveral people attended a recent book giveaway for adults at the Harlan County Extension Depot. The event is hosted annually by the Harlan County Homemakers Book Club President Thelma Haley. Mark Bell, far right, of Harlan, is pictured looking over a table filled with books.Book Club member Cathy Marlow, forefront, is pictured helping a resident choose from a large selection of cake available to all those participating in the event...

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Excuses: Reasons not to go to church

Over the years I have heard more excuses about not going to church than I can remember. Some are downright funny, and some are heartbreaking.There are too many people who go there. I don’t feel like I matter. There are not enough people who go there. They are always needing me to do something.There aren’t enough young people there. My kids are bored. There are too many young people there. They don’t do enough for the youth. Everything is about the youth...

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Beware of elm bark thieves

Wild medicinal plants have been used to cure ailments for thousands of years, and are still very much in use today.Over 40 percent of prescription drugs sold in the U.S. contain at least one ingredient derived from nature. Herbal medicine is very big business, with sales topping over 500 billion dollars annually.The Appalachian Mountains where we live is very plant rich place, and many folks make some extra income by finding and collecting wild plants, roots and bark to ...

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Clean water is key to business success

Our company depends on clean water for our success. That’s why we’re pleased that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued new draft rules for enforcement of the Clean Water Act last month. Since the Supreme Court handed down decisions in 2001 and 2006, enforcement of the Clean Water Act’s provisions has become incredibly complex, leaving businesses and consumers without clarity. This action by the EPA will give us the confidence we need to know that our access to cl...

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April 30 deadline to apply for elk hunt

FRANKFORT – Where there were no elk two decades ago in Kentucky, an estimated 10,000 or more now roam freely.A landmark restoration effort re-established an elk herd in the state’s scenic southeastern region and created one of the most sought-after hunting opportunities east of the Rocky Mountains.“Our elk herd is doing fantastic,” said Tina Brunjes, deer and elk program coordinator with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. R...

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Officials say boy’s remains likely incinerated

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Officials haven’t found the remains of a 5-year-old Indiana boy who is presumed dead following a fire at a rental cabin in East Tennessee and say it’s likely they were completely incinerated.Sevier County Sheriff Office Capt. Jeff McCarter told the Knoxville News Sentinel that firefighters and investigators spent several days sifting through debris searching for any trace of Tyveon Temple of Indianapolis.

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FDA proposes first regulations for e-cigarettes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration.While the proposal being issued Thursday won’t immediately mean changes for the popular devices, the move is aimed at eventually taming the fast-growing e-cigarette industry.The agency said the proposal sets a foundatio...

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FCC to propose pay-for-priority Internet standards

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission is set to propose new open Internet rules that would allow content companies to pay for faster delivery over the so-called “last mile” connection to people’s homes, but enhance scrutiny of such deals so they don’t harm competition or limit free speech.That’s according to a senior FCC official familiar with the matter who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly and spoke on...

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Grimes wants Keystone pipeline OK’d

FRANKFORT (AP) — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes called on President Barack Obama to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, joining 11 incumbent Democrats as the party tries to keep control of the Senate this November.

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