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IDA hears Harlan Haunt Fest plans

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A Haunt Fest is coming to Harlan. The Harlan County Industrial Development Authority heard a summary of the upcoming event during a meeting on Tuesday.Event organizer Earl McKinney explained what the vision for Harlan Haunt Fest includes.“Basically, Harlan Haunt Fest is a paranormal pop culture convention we’re doing Nov. 1 at the Harlan Center,” said McKinney. “We’ve got celebrity guests coming, we’ve got a concert, and other things happening.”McKinney told the panel they had already secured the cooperation of the Harlan Tourism Commission.


‘Zombies’ to invade downtown Evarts

Zombies will soon walk the streets of downtown Evarts. Or, at least people who look like zombies, dressed with hollow eyes and torn clothing.The Evarts Tourist Commission will host its first annual “Zombie Walk” on Oct. 25, beginning at 5 p.m., allowing people of all ages to tap into their zombie fantasies by dragging their undead selves from city hall to the South Evarts RV Park.At a meeting of the commission on Monday, members agreed to host the event and s...

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Animals run wild in Evarts

While giving a report to members of the Evarts City Council on Tuesday, Evarts Police Chief Lupe Blas said his department has received calls from residents and school officials concerned about animals running loose in the city.“Harold Madden has several animals — goats, chickens and a horse, that have been getting loose and running around in the city,” said Blas.“Each one of my officers, including myself, have approached Mr. Madden with this and h...

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Unbeaten Eagles provide latest challenge for HCHS

Four fumbles in the first half a year ago in Paintsville ended any hopes the Harlan County Black Bears had of knocking off 4A power Johnson Central. The Eagles took advantage of the mistakes and built a 36-0 halftime lead on the way to a 36-14 win.Johnson Central (3-0) enters the rematch on Friday at Coal Miners Memorial Stadium as a big favorite with the Bears off to a 1-3 start, and Harlan County coach Tom Larkey knows his Bears can’t afford mistakes if they are to pull off...

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Fire Department has rescue mascot

Two years ago on a cold dark rainy day, a little black puppy showed up at the Harlan Fire Station.“James (Billings) first spotted her under his pickup truck,” said Fire Chief Linette Hutchison. “We left her outside figuring she would go home when the rain stopped. Later in the day I had to make a trip to city hall and looked out and she was still there, so I put her in the fire station to keep her from following me and perhaps getting killed on the street. Two yea...

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Henson, Johnson power Patriots to win over Union

Garry Henson and Dalton Johnson each topped the 100-yard mark as New Harlan pulled away for a 46-22 win over Union, Va., on Tuesday in Big Stone Gap, Va.Henson ran for 177 yards on 14 carries and scored two touchdowns. Johnson added 111 yards on 11 carries with one touchdown. Jacob Thompson contributed 83 yards and a touchdown on five carries. Ben Landis scored two touchdowns, rushing for 16 yards on seven carries.Landis got the New Harlan offense started with a 3-yard t...

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Nearly 90 seek SOAR top position

A committee is in the process of interviewing candidates for the crucial position of SOAR (Save Our Appalachian Region) executive director.Nearly 90 candidates submitted their application by the Aug. 15 deadline according to Jennifer Brislin, a spokesperson for Gov. Steve Beshear.It had been anticipated the executive director would be named this month, in time for the 2014 SOAR Summit in November, but that may not be the case.“The SOAR Executive Board re...

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4th-graders celebrate Constitution Day

Photos submittedHarlan Elementary School fourth-grade students celebrated Constitution Day by performing a skit about our Founding Fathers.Photos submittedHarlan Elementary School fourth-grade students celebrated Constitution Day by performing a skit about our Founding Fathers.Photos submittedHarlan Elementary School fourth-grade students celebrated Constitution Day by performing a skit about our Founding Fathers.Photos submitt...

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Local Sports

urner, Allen leadJACES to first winEmily Turner and Amber Allen each scored eight points as James A. Cawood claimed its first win of the season by downing Green Hills 28-20 on Tuesday at JACES.Elizabeth Howard had another big game for the Lady Falcons with 16 points.Kaylee Leslie scored 19 points as the JACES fifth- and sixth-grade team improved to 3-3 with a 31-8 win.Both teams return to action Thursday at Green Hills....

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Obama takes center stage in state’s Senate race

FRANKFORT (AP) — President Barack Obama is playing a starring role in Kentucky’s fierce Senate race, with new ads putting him at the center of the contest for Republican Mitch McConnell’s seat despite Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes’ explicit effort to distance herself from the unpopular president.“I’m not Barack Obama,” Grimes says in an ad that began airing Monday, in which she pauses her skeet shooting to talk to the camera. “I di...

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News in Brief

Police: Girl charged in school threat caseASHLAND (AP) — Kentucky State Police in Ashland say an 11-year-old girl has been charged after a threat of violence was made on social media toward schools in Greenup County.Police say they began investigating Tuesday after being informed of the threat. In a statement early Wednesday, police said they were able to locate the suspect in less than six hours. Police said there are no other suspects and no addi...

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Campaigns obscuring the truth

LEXINGTON — If there was ever a week that this space needed to cut through the crap and clutter of Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race, this is it. The facts and the truth have never been so obscured by the artifice, spin, stonewalling and discipline of the campaigns — and the largely unimportant things they would rather talk about than the real issues.But even so, the latest episodes tell us something about the candidates.

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Study: Artificial sweeteners may promote diabetes

NEW YORK (AP) — Using artificial sweeteners may set the stage for diabetes in some people by hampering the way their bodies handle sugar, suggests a preliminary study done mostly in mice.The authors said they are not recommending any changes in how people use artificial sweeteners based on their study, which included some human experiments. The researchers and outside experts said more study is needed, while industry groups called the research limited and said other evidence ...

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Eyeing 2016, Rubio pushes American strength abroad

MIAMI (AP) — Sen. Marco Rubio called Wednesday for boosting defense spending and greater intervention abroad, positioning himself as the leading foreign policy hawk among Republicans considering runs for the White House.“The world needs American strength just as much as our people and our economy do,” Rubio told a conservative gathering in Washington. “No other nation can deter global conflict by its presence alone.”The Florida senator and p...

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Authors visit Village Center Mall for book signing

Nola Sizemore | Daily EnterpriseA book signing was held at the Village Center Mall on Tuesday where author Richard G. “Dick” Edwards, left, participated with his book “The Anchor Cross,” author Bill J. Looney with his books “Satan’s Breath,” “The Lost Star of Jerusalem,” and “Angel of the Abyss,” and sibling authors Alfred Kelly and Bobbie Poisson with their book “Cemeteries on the Cloverfork.”

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Training burn held at Mary Alice

Nola Sizemore | Daily EnterpriseA training burn was held by the Sunshine Volunteer Fire Department on Tuesday evening on Jonathan Drive in Mary Alice. The owner of an abandoned house allowed the fire department’s use of the property to conduct training exercises. Fire Chief Steven Hatfield said all hazardous material was removed from the house before the training exercise began. He said firefighters learned things such as fire behavior, stages of a fire, point of origin and h...

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Dressen Church of God Ladies Auxiliary meet

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Dressen Church of God met recently to plan upcoming events for the church. A picnic has been scheduled for Sunday at the Wallins Fellowship Center after Sunday School services end at 11 a.m. There will be no Sunday night service that day.The ladies discussed their upcoming “Walk Through Hell” event to be held at the church. Anyone wanting to take part in this event is asked to contact Pastor Ronnie Williams or Auxiliary President Angie Willia...

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Fire Goodell for handling of Rice case

National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote his own pink slip with his inexcusable handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence case.NFL owners should fire Goodell for how poorly he served their multibillion-dollar industry. His actions betrayed the faith that NFL fans — especially women — have in the league and in Goodell’s running of it.A stunning series of events makes it clear that Goodell, who drew a $44 million paycheck in 2012, has no...

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