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Ready to answer the call: Rescue squad completes training

The Bell County Rescue Squad recently hosted a confined space training class that was attended by members of ... Read more | Add your comment

PUBLIC RECORD April 23, 2021

Property Transfers • ABC Property Kentucky, LLC, to Brown Acquisition & Development, LLC, property at Cumberland Avenue, Middlesboro; ... Read more | Add your comment

ANI investigation leads to another arrest

A Middlesboro man is facing charges following a multi-agency investigation by the Appalachia Narcotics Investigation Unit. Kirby Wilcox, ... Read more | Add your comment

Predicted inclement weather cancels Paws on the Square; Event moved to May 1

The Paws on the Square event set for Saturday, April 24, is now being moved due to rainy ... Read more | Add your comment

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Audit shows state workers took nearly $117K in jobless benefits

State Auditor Mike Harmon released Volume Two of the Statewide Single Audit of Kentucky for Fiscal Year 2020 on Wednesday, which detailed problems in the ... Read more | Add your comment

by Tom Latek.

News

KSP commissioner still calls Bell County home

The recent appointment of Phillip Burnett Jr. as Commissioner of the Kentucky State Police marks just one aspect of a career encompassing a long-standing history ... Read more | Add your comment

by joeasher.

Sports

UK’s Lilley is SEC player of the year

All-American Madison Lilley was an easy choice for SEC player of the year in voting by the league’s volleyball coaches this year. She led UK ... Read more

by Larry Vaught, Friday, April 23, 2021 8:00 am

Sports

Former Cats Patterson, Rondo playing well together in L.A.

Patrick Patterson did not play with Rajon Rondo at Kentucky but he certainly is glad to be playing with him now on the Los Angeles ... Read more

by Larry Vaught, Thursday, April 22, 2021 8:00 am

News

Movies returning to Middlesboro Mall

Movie lovers in Middlesboro and the surrounding area will soon have an option to catch the latest flicks in the theater, with the Middlesboro Mall ... Read more

by joeasher, Wednesday, April 21, 2021 12:52 pm

Sports

Sumrall says incoming linebackers will be big for Kentucky

Incoming linebackers Trevin Wallace and Martez Thrower have garnered a lot of attention and will arrive on the UK campus in June with big expectations. ... Read more

by Larry Vaught, Wednesday, April 21, 2021 8:00 am

Sports

Making history: Kentucky volleyball team reaches Final Four

Craig Skinner has built Kentucky into a national powerhouse and the Wildcats are two wins away from winning the school’s first national volleyball championship. The ... Read more

by Keith Taylor, Wednesday, April 21, 2021 7:20 am

News

Mine land program has $10 million in fed grants available

The Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands is seeking economic and community development proposals that will attract new industry and jobs to the state’s Appalachian ... Read more

by Tom Latek, Wednesday, April 21, 2021 7:14 am

Sports

LMU softball team sees 28-game home win streak snapped

Loss comes in regular-season finale Lincoln Memorial University Sports Information HARROGATE, Tenn. – Wrapping up a season-closing stretch of six games in a five-day period, ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, April 20, 2021 3:53 pm

News

Governor updates Healthy at Work guidelines

Gov. Andy Beshear provided an update on Kentucky’s “Healthy at Work” guidelines on Wednesday. During his daily briefing, Beshear and Commissioner of the Kentucky Department ... Read more

by joeasher, Tuesday, April 20, 2021 3:30 pm

News

Farmers market to open May 14

A farmers market is preparing to open in Middlesboro, courtesy of Middlesboro Main Street. Middlesboro Main Street board member Ellen Cawood gave a preview of ... Read more

by joeasher, Tuesday, April 20, 2021 3:26 pm

News

Man charged with rape of minor

A man is facing a charge of rape after allegedly having sexual intercourse with a minor. Brian Hopkins, 44, of Middlesboro, was arrested by Kentucky ... Read more

by joeasher, Tuesday, April 20, 2021 8:26 am

News

Man faces drug trafficking charge; Arrested for third time on similar charges since December

A Pineville man is facing multiple charges including trafficking methamphetamine after allegedly being found in possession of the drug. Gary Wilson, 58, was arrested on ... Read more

by joeasher, Tuesday, April 20, 2021 8:20 am

Sports

Tshiebwe is a happy player on and off the court

Kentucky fans are already looking forward to having West Virginia transfer Oscar Tshiebwe on the court next season to provide inside scoring and rebounding UK ... Read more

by Larry Vaught, Tuesday, April 20, 2021 8:00 am

Sports

Stoops says Cats haven’t arrived, but right pieces are in place

Mark Stoops is optimistic about the upcoming season after Kentucky finished five weeks of workouts last weekend with a workout at Kroger Field. “I’m just ... Read more

by Keith Taylor, Tuesday, April 20, 2021 7:02 am

Sports

Commitments from twins Keaten and Destin Wade show Kentucky has moved ahead of Tennessee

Summit High School (Tenn.) coach Brian Coleman wasn’t sure if twins Keaten and Destin Wade would end up playing together in college but he never ... Read more

by Larry Vaught, Monday, April 19, 2021 7:19 am

News

Man facing drug trafficking charges 

A Pineville man is facing multiple charges including trafficking methamphetamine after allegedly being found in possession of the drug. Gary Wilson, 58, was arrested on ... Read more

by joeasher, Friday, April 16, 2021 12:43 pm

Sports

Annual all-region basketball teams announced

By Paul Lunsford Contributing writer North Laurel sophomore guard Reed Sheppard was named Most Valuable Player and South Laurel’s Jeff Davis was tabbed as Coach ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, April 16, 2021 7:39 am

News

Beshear warns Ky. could be moving toward fourth wave of COVID-19

Gov. Andy Beshear said that looking at some of the trends, a fourth wave of COVID-19 in Kentucky is possible, similar to what is being ... Read more

by Tom Latek, Friday, April 16, 2021 7:15 am

News

County recognizes Friends of the Shelter;
Pet adoption rate grows to 85 percent

The Bell County Fiscal Court took the opportunity during a meeting on Tuesday to recognize the 20th anniversary of the beginning of Friends of the ... Read more

by joeasher, Thursday, April 15, 2021 4:30 pm

Opinion

Celebrate progress during Crime Victims’ Rights Week

When the pandemic brought everything to a screeching halt, it brought with it a sudden loss of stability and control, isolation, and helplessness. The world ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, April 15, 2021 4:27 pm

News

Quilt of Valor ceremony held, military vets honored for their service

Eight military veterans were presented with a Quilt of Valor in a ceremony at the Middlesboro Community Center on 30th Street recently. According to the ... Read more

by joeasher, Thursday, April 15, 2021 4:25 pm

News

Longtime AMS in Bell Association stepping down effective April 30

Bruce Walzer, a staple in the Bell Baptist Association for the past 31 years, is retiring effective April 30 as the leader of that group. ... Read more

by Mark Maynard, Thursday, April 15, 2021 4:11 pm

News

Kentucky’s Top Cop
Bell County native appointed KSP commissioner

Gov. Andy Beshear has announced the appointment of Col. Phillip Burnett Jr. as commissioner of the Kentucky State Police (KSP). “I believe in Commissioner Burnett’s ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, April 15, 2021 4:09 pm

Sports

Stoops likes tempo, urgency of revamped offense under Coen

As Kentucky enters its final week of spring workouts, Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops has been pleased with his team’s progress learning and adapting to ... Read more

by Keith Taylor, Monday, April 12, 2021 4:13 pm

Sports

Nation’s top-rated high school kicker commits to UK

Spring break week turned into college commitment week for Boyle County junior Jackson Smith. He’s the top-rated kicker/punter in the 2022 recruiting class by ProKicker.com ... Read more

by Larry Vaught, Friday, April 9, 2021 4:04 pm

LMU Athletics

LMU softball takes home win streak to 23 games

Lincoln Memorial University Sports Information HARROGATE, Tenn. – Keeping its perfect Dorothy Neely Field record intact throughout a record-shattering season thus far, the Lincoln Memorial ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, April 9, 2021 8:18 am