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Kids and hot cars can be a deadly combination

Temperatures will continue to rise throughout the summer, and with those higher temperatures also comes a higher risk ... Read more | Add your comment

Second COVID death reported in county;
Bell reaches 210 total cases

A second Bell County resident has died from COVID-19. The death of a 74-year-old woman, announced Thursday, follows ... Read more | Add your comment

Man arrested in connection with stolen camper

Two stolen trailers from Claiborne County, Tennessee, were recently found in Bell and Knox counties in Kentucky. According ... Read more | Add your comment

Middlesboro Schools provide attendance options for students

Students in the Middlesboro School District will have two options in how they attend classes in the coming ... Read more | Add your comment


Beshear reports 518 new cases Wednesday;
Good news reported on state budget

While there were still more than 500 new cases of the coronavirus reported in Kentucky on Wednesday, the number is less than many days over ... Read more | Add your comment

by Tom Latek.


Deadline is July 31 to apply for emergency loans from severe storms, flooding

Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia businesses and residents affected by severe storms, flooding, flash flooding, landslides, and mudslides from Feb. 3 through Feb. 29, 2020 can ... Read more | Add your comment

by Staff Reports.


Faculty group at UK seeks name change to Rupp Arena

A group at the University of Kentucky sent a letter to Kentucky President Eli Capilouto on Thursday, asking the University of Kentucky to change the ... Read more

by Keith Taylor, Saturday, July 25, 2020 7:39 am


NCAA prepares guidelines for fall sports, SEC ponders 10-game slate

The Southeastern Conference hasn’t released its plans for fall sports, but the NCAA is preparing guidelines for member institutions to follow this season. Those guidelines ... Read more

by Keith Taylor, Thursday, July 23, 2020 8:42 am


College football will be anything but normal this season

What will college football look like this fall? It appears nothing like anything we’ve experienced in our lifetime. A thing of the past could be ... Read more

by Keith Taylor, Wednesday, July 22, 2020 7:16 pm


Red Bird Mission adding solar for savings

The nonprofit is installing solar panels to save on their energy bills   Red Bird Mission, a nonprofit organization located at the confluence of the ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, July 22, 2020 10:49 am


Playing through (a pandemic)

America’s oldest continually played 9-hole golf course sits at the edge of town. COVID-19 has hit almost every business in communities across the nation, and ... Read more

by Jeff Moreland, Wednesday, July 22, 2020 8:47 am


Man takes bank keys, tries to stab officer during arrest

Assistant Pineville Police Chief Curtis Pingleton had an exciting morning, and perhaps a little more exciting than he would have liked. Pingleton said that around ... Read more

by Jeff Moreland, Wednesday, July 22, 2020 5:23 am


County records 170th case, total increases across state;
First local COVID-related death reported

The novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, continues to hit Kentucky and Bell County with new cases daily. Bell County has been one of the counties in ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, July 21, 2020 3:53 pm


County reaches 151 COVID cases, reports first related death

The latest update from the Bell County Health Department reports the county has 13 new COVID-19 cases, for a total of 151. Of those, 67 ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Monday, July 20, 2020 8:47 am


Schools across the county making plans to return to classes

As summer days pass, the start of schools across Kentucky, and across Bell County, grows closer. Three area school districts are making plans to return ... Read more

by Jeff Moreland, Friday, July 17, 2020 9:14 am


Bell, Middlesboro school boards to meet Monday

The Bell County Board of Education will convene in a Special Called Meeting Monday, July 20, 2020 at 6 p.m. at the Bell County Administration ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, July 16, 2020 2:46 pm


UK football team COVID-19 free, 3 test positive in other sports 

By KEITH TAYLOR Kentucky Today The Kentucky football team is COVID-19 free after more than a month of voluntary workouts. The school announced Monday that ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, July 14, 2020 9:51 pm


Returning to the classroom has more questions than answers

BY ZAC OAKES zac@amnews.com   Like many of you, I’ve been curiously watching and reading as more information about what the return to school classrooms ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, July 14, 2020 9:48 pm


A tradition of service

Busic retiring after 20 years with Middlesboro PD

Tom Busic has been around police work most of his life. He remembers a childhood where his dad, Don Busic, served as an officer with ... Read more

by Jeff Moreland, Tuesday, July 14, 2020 9:40 pm


Bell reaches 114 COVID cases

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Bell County has risen to 114 according to a statement issued Tuesday morning by Bell County Health Department ... Read more

by Jeff Moreland, Tuesday, July 14, 2020 9:20 pm


83 acres on Pine Mountain being protected

Kentucky Natural Lands Trust has protected an additional 83 acres of the Pine Mountain Wildlands Corridor expanding the Laden Trail Preserve in Harlan County. The ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, July 14, 2020 9:19 pm


Drive-thru COVID testing offered across county

Testing for the novel coronavirus is expanding across Bell County, and so are the number of positive cases. Drive-thru testing is available in several locations, ... Read more

by Jeff Moreland, Tuesday, July 14, 2020 8:57 pm


New Bell County businesses to benefit from $500,000 grant

A grant of $500,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency is good news for some potential new businesses in Bell County. Larry Grandey, executive director of ... Read more

by Jeff Moreland, Tuesday, July 14, 2020 7:59 pm


Vehicle crashes through storefront

A normal day at a local retail store became a lot more interesting Monday afternoon when a customer who thought her vehicle was in park ... Read more

by Jeff Moreland, Monday, July 13, 2020 4:08 pm


Bell COVID cases continue to climb
Total stands at 73 as of Wednesday

Bell County continues to see an increase in COVID-19 cases, and seven new cases were reported Wednesday afternoon. Bell County Health Department Director Teresa Hunter ... Read more

by Jeff Moreland, Thursday, July 9, 2020 10:51 pm


Get a COVID test – if not for you, then for someone you love

I’ve washed my hands a thousand times in recent weeks, and I hope you have, too. Hand sanitizer is something I’ve always used, but lately, ... Read more

by Jeff Moreland, Thursday, July 9, 2020 10:45 pm


Third person arrested in connection with robbery, killing of a dog

A third person has now been arrested in connection with a recent robbery and the killing of a dog. David Miracle, 32, of Middlesboro was ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, July 8, 2020 11:20 pm


Nurses need more than PPE

By RICH BLUNI, RN Across the U.S., coronavirus infection rates are surging, with no end in sight. If you’re a nurse, you may feel like ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, July 7, 2020 8:21 pm


Kentucky adds UAB and Marshall to non-conference schedule

Kentucky’s non-conference basketball schedule is almost complete. The Wildcats added the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) and Marshall to the slate it was announced Tuesday by ... Read more

by Keith Taylor, Tuesday, July 7, 2020 8:20 pm


COVID outbreak hits county

Bell County records 46th positive case After being one of the last counties in Kentucky to report a positive COVID-19 case, Bell County is now ... Read more

by Jeff Moreland, Tuesday, July 7, 2020 7:08 pm


Rules for school sports due to COVID-19 in the works, Kentucky superintendents told

As the usual opening practice dates for fall sports approach, Kentucky school districts are concerned about how to operate athletic programs due to the COVID-19 ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, July 7, 2020 6:31 pm