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‘We must take action’ says Beshear as COVID cases continue to climb

Gov. Andy Beshear said there was another Monday record for the number of new cases of the coronavirus ... Read more | Add your comment

KU requesting more than 10% rate increase for customers

Kentucky Utilities customers will see an increase in their monthly bills by more than 10.5% in 2021 if ... Read more | Add your comment

Man, woman face rape charges 

A man is facing rape charges in two separate cases, and one case involves a woman who has ... Read more | Add your comment

Governor asking houses of worship to stop indoor services for weeks

Gov. Andy Beshear is asking all religious leaders across the state to immediately suspend in-person services at their ... Read more | Add your comment

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Magic City Lights starts Dec. 5

Light’em up, Middlesboro! Magic City Lights is coming to brighten up the Christmas season from Dec. 5 – Dec. 30. Middlesboro Parks and Recreation Chairman ... Read more | Add your comment

by joeasher.

Sports

High school basketball start delayed until January

The opening of Kentucky’s high school basketball season has been delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s Board of Control ... Read more | Add your comment

by Mark Maynard.

Editorials

Some context on the COVID-19 epidemic in Kentucky

by Paul Coomes and Ken Troske The public is understandably alarmed by the Covid-19 pandemic we have endured since February. All of us know someone ... Read more

by Jeff Moreland, Thursday, November 26, 2020 10:37 pm

Editorials

Beshear letting Kentuckians gamble with their lives

Casinos are not essential. Some will tell you Kentucky doesn’t have casinos, at least not in the traditional sense. But we do have gaming at ... Read more

by Jeff Moreland, Tuesday, November 24, 2020 3:28 pm

Editorials

Our offices are closed, but we’re still here to serve you

Much like the rest of the state, in March, we closed our offices and sent our staff to work from home. For two months, our ... Read more

by Jeff Moreland, Tuesday, November 24, 2020 1:33 pm

Sports

Lions rally for playoff victory over Harlan

By John Henson Contributing Writer PINEVILLE — Down by seven at halftime Friday, the Pineville Mountain Lions were in danger of a second straight first-round ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, November 24, 2020 1:15 pm

Sports

Yellow Jackets’ season cut short by COVID

By Zach Ausmus Contributing Writer The Middlesboro High School Yellow Jacket football team had its chance at a playoff run cut short on Wednesday when ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, November 24, 2020 1:10 pm

Sports

Shorthanded Cats had no chance against Bama

By Larry Vaught Vaught’s Views Kentucky never really had a chance at No. 1 Alabama Saturday when it was missing 10 players, including leading rusher ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Monday, November 23, 2020 4:08 pm

BREAKING NEWS

Former fireman found guilty of sex crimes 

A former Middlesboro city fireman was found guilty on charges of child pornography on Monday. Robert Christopher England, 35, was found guilty on four counts ... Read more

by joeasher, Friday, November 20, 2020 2:00 pm

News

Reactions vary from Ky. Baptist pastors over Beshear’s request

Reaction to Gov. Andy Beshear’s request to halt indoor services for houses of worship over the next three to four weeks ranged from disappointment to ... Read more

by Mark Maynard, Friday, November 20, 2020 1:59 pm

News

County reaches 24 COVID deaths; Governor issues new restrictions

Gov. Andy Beshear announced new restrictions on Wednesday due to the rise in coronavirus cases across the state. According to the state’s website at https://kentucky.gov, ... Read more

by joeasher, Thursday, November 19, 2020 4:17 pm

Editorials

Our offices will be closed, but we’re still here to serve you

Much like the rest of the state, in March, we closed our offices and sent our staff to work from home. For two months, our ... Read more

by Jeff Moreland, Thursday, November 19, 2020 3:55 pm

News

Council discusses utility bills

The Middlesboro City Council held its regular meeting on Tuesday, which included a discussion of the city’s expenses. Mayor Rick Nelson asked the council if ... Read more

by joeasher, Thursday, November 19, 2020 2:25 pm

News

Today is 45th annual Great American Smokeout

Cancer patients and survivors are marking the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) 45th annual Great American Smokeout today by calling on state lawmakers to protect the ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, November 19, 2020 8:12 am

News

County discusses Boone’s Ridge progress

By JOE ASHER joe.asher@middlesboronews.com The Bell County Fiscal Court dealt with a variety of county business during a meeting on Tuesday, including passing a pair ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, November 12, 2020 2:19 pm

News

Harlan man dies in Wednesday crash

By JOE ASHER joe.asher@middlesboronews.com A Harlan man died Wednesday when the vehicle he was driving allegedly crossed the center line and struck another vehicle head-on ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, November 12, 2020 2:11 pm

News

City has received about $2 million in grants in last two years

By JOE ASHER joe.asher@middlesboronews.com The city of Middlesboro has received approximately $2 million in grant funding over the last two years, which has been used ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, November 12, 2020 2:00 pm

News

State sees single-day high of 2,700 cases

Gov. Andy Beshear sounded an alarm on Wednesday, warning every Kentuckian they must take the coronavirus pandemic more seriously to protect themselves, their families, and ... Read more

by Tom Latek, Thursday, November 12, 2020 1:26 pm

News

County leaders honor veterans

By JOE ASHER joe.asher@middlesboro.com Today, Nov. 11, is Veteran’s Day, a day set aside to honor those who have served the United States in the ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, November 11, 2020 3:24 pm

News

Numbers keep rising but vaccine could be ‘game-changer’

With a continued rise in the number of new cases of the coronavirus, as well as record hospitalizations on Monday in Kentucky, Gov. Andy Beshear ... Read more

by Tom Latek, Tuesday, November 10, 2020 12:59 pm

Editorials

Fight against drug addiction must include help from criminal justice system

At a moment when many people are finding it difficult to see eye-to-eye with their fellow Kentuckians, there’s one thing we all can agree on: ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, November 10, 2020 12:57 pm

News

Campaign aimed at helping adults to go to college

“Never Underestimate You” is the theme behind a new campaign Gov. Andy Beshear announced Monday for the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship, an effort to boost ... Read more

by Tom Latek, Tuesday, November 10, 2020 12:26 pm

BREAKING NEWS

Trump takes Bell County, McConnell easily handles McGrath, and more local results

Election results are still coming in, and the write-in votes have not yet been counted. Updates will be made as totals are updated. The totals ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, November 3, 2020 8:52 pm

Sports

Middlesboro gets past Martin County 14-12

By Zach Ausmus Contributing Writer For the second year in a row, the Middlesboro versus Martin County game came down to the final possession, but ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, November 3, 2020 1:22 pm

News

Middlesboro city council completes quarantine, mayor says no positive results were reported

By JOE ASHER joe.asher@middlesboronews.com Members of the Middlesboro City Council, Middlesboro Mayor Rick Nelson, and others in attendance at a city council meeting on Oct. ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, November 3, 2020 1:20 pm

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Public record Nov. 4, 2020

MARRIAGES Joseph Andrew Coats to India Shyann Barnett, 11/02/20 Tony Dwayne Carpenter to Rhonda Ranae Case, 10/31/20 John Fitzgerald King to Earlana Jean Foutch, 10/30/20 ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, November 3, 2020 1:14 pm

News

City awarded money for road paving

By JOE ASHER joe.asher@middlesboronews.com The city of Middlesboro has received funding totaling more than $121,000 to be used for road resurfacing. According to Chuck Wolfe, ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, November 3, 2020 1:11 pm