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

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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.


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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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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Commonwealth Attorney’s Office moves to courthouse

The Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney has moved to the ground floor of the Harlan County Courthouse, according to Harlan Commonwealth’s Attorney Parker Boggs.The office is located in the former Harlan County Judge-Executive’s office, which has been renovated, and located across the hall from the Harlan County Attorney’s Office.“We’re glad to be here in the courthouse,” said Boggs. “It’s all about location. This is...

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Oplingers celebrate 50th anniversary

The Rev. Ron and Mrs. Mitzi Eads Oplinger will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary July 15. Now residing in Partridge, the couple is originally from Pathfork. Mitzi is the daughter of the late Rev. George and Virginia Daniels Eads. Ron is the son of the late Lomas and Shirley Hensley Oplinger.Rev. Oplinger has served as pastor of Lewis Creek Pentecostal Church in Partridge for the past 33 years. Prior to pastoring at Lewis Creek, he pastored Dry Fork Holiness Church in Leslie ...

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Scarlett’s struggles

While most children her age are enjoying the summer by taking vacations with their families, spending time at the park and library or just hanging out around the house, Scarlett Burciaga has spent her summer break having surgery — again. And unfortunately, this surgery won’t be her last.At a mere age 8, Burciaga has been through more surgeries than most adults — including 13 surgeries the first year of her life. Her first set of surgeries took p...

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College degrees on the rise in Kentucky

A preliminary report released by Kentucky’s Council on Postsecondary Education estimates college degrees and advanced education credentials earned at public and private colleges and universities are on the rise.This is good news for the state, suggesting an increased understanding by Kentuckians of the importance of higher education not only for themselves, but for our communities, too.The report released by the council June 20 estimates nearly 63,150 degrees and c...

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Marion Adams recalls the aftermath of D-Day

Marion Adams, 91, a retired farmer from Newton Township, Ohio, says of June 6, 1944, “I try to forget it. No one has a right to know. They wouldn’t believe it anyway.”Those of us who watched PBS on Memorial Day of this year don’t need a description: we saw the horrors of Normandy in black-and-white on our televisions.Adams was aboard LST 491 as a U.S. Navy radio operator on D Day. In response to the question, “Why did you live when so many d...

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State coal group sues TVA over Paradise plant

LOUISVILLE (AP) — A group of landowners and a Kentucky coal industry group want a federal judge to halt plans to shut down two coal-fired units at a Tennessee Valley Authority power plant that is switching to natural gas.The Kentucky Coal Association argued in a lawsuit filed Thursday that the TVA did not follow proper federal procedure and its own rules in deciding to close the units at the Paradise Fossil Plant in western Kentucky. The TVA announced last yea...

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State ends fiscal year with $90 million shortfall

FRANKFORT (AP) — Kentuckians are buying more stuff, they just aren’t paying as much in taxes.That’s why the state ended the 2014 fiscal year on June 30 with a $90 million shortfall in its general fund.Sales taxes — the extra 6 percent consumers pay on their purchases — were up $109 million, the largest increase of any state funding source.But the state’s largest revenue source — individual income taxes — grew les...

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Tobacco firms Reynolds, Lorillard in merger talks

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Cigarette makers Reynolds American Inc. and Lorillard Inc. on Friday said they are in talks of a possible merger that would combine two of the nation’s oldest and biggest tobacco companies.The announcement follows media reports over the past few months about the possible combination that would create a formidable No. 2 to rival Altria Group Inc., owner of Philip Morris USA, and could spur a wave of consolidation in the tobacco busine...

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