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Fewer people getting needed vaccinations during COVID outbreak

While many people are concerned with their health and the threat of COVID-19, local health officials say it ... Read more | Add your comment

Fourth local COVID-19 death reported

A fourth Bell County resident has died as a result of COVID-19. According to a statement from Bell ... Read more | Add your comment

Benefit, auction for Steve Gulley kickin’ off Saturday

By EMILY SARGENT An event benefiting longtime bluegrass musician Steve Gulley, who recently fell ill with cancer, will ... Read more | Add your comment

Orr is city’s new top cop

Michael Orr is the new chief of the Middlesboro Police Department. Orr was named to the position last ... Read more | Add your comment


Extension District Board to meet virtually Monday, Aug. 17

Bell County Cooperative Extension Service is having an Extension District Board Meeting Monday, Aug. 17 at 10 a.m. via Zoom or teleconference.  If you would ... Read more | Add your comment

by Staff Reports.


Legislation proposed to make breast cancer treatment cheaper

Legislation proposed for the 2021 General Assembly would make breast cancer treatment more affordable for patients by removing financial restraints that currently keep them from ... Read more | Add your comment

by Tom Latek.


SEC adjusts fall camp slate; NCAA expects basketball to start on time

Now that the Southeastern Conference has a path forward for a 10-game league-only schedule, the conference announced the starting date for fall practice on Tuesday. ... Read more

by Keith Taylor, Thursday, August 6, 2020 3:48 pm


Beshear considers recommending another delay of in-person schooling as positive test rate increases

More Kentuckians are testing positive for the novel coronavirus, and that could prompt Gov. Andy Beshear to recommend another delay in the start of in-person ... Read more

by Al Cross, Thursday, August 6, 2020 3:23 pm


Back to school like never before

KENTUCKY TODAY The first day of school meets some with excitement and others with dread. As teachers, administrators, staff and students head back to school, ... Read more

by Jeff Moreland, Tuesday, August 4, 2020 4:05 pm


Some facts about Adolph Rupp and race issue

Given the climate in America today when it comes to race relations, it was inevitable that a debate would open up about Rupp Arena and ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, August 4, 2020 3:53 pm


COVID cases rising locally despite state’s recent decline

COVID-19 cases across Kentucky have been on the decline so far this week, with fewer new cases being reported for three consecutive days as of ... Read more

by Jeff Moreland, Tuesday, August 4, 2020 2:23 pm


Three ways to access free or reduced-cost prescription drugs

By SUSAN DUNLAP Executive Director Commonwealth of Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services   With family and personal budgets impacted by the coronavirus – ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, August 4, 2020 2:00 pm


UK student maps planting and use of blackberries in Grow Appalachia program; store-bought berries too expensive for man

By KATIE PRATT University of Kentucky   A University of Kentucky student is contributing to nutrition research that could lead to healthier habits and fewer ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, August 4, 2020 1:47 pm


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


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 for children and animals being left inside ... Read more

by Jeff Moreland, Saturday, July 25, 2020 7:34 am


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 that of an 85-year-old man who died ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, July 23, 2020 10:13 pm


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


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

by Tom Latek, Thursday, July 23, 2020 8:32 am


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 to a post on the Bell County ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, July 22, 2020 10:10 pm


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 school year. The first option is a ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, July 22, 2020 9:01 pm


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


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

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, July 22, 2020 7:08 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