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County addresses dumping concerns

The Bell County Fiscal Court responded to multiple concerns from around the county during a recent meeting, including ... Read more | Add your comment

Levitt concert lineup announced; Concert series runs from July through September

The lineup for this summer’s Levitt Amp Concert Series in Middlesboro has been released, revealing a wide assortment ... Read more | Add your comment

That’s a wrap!
Laurel Cove Music Festival is a hit

The Laurel Cove Music Festival wrapped up on Saturday night, effectively kicking off what is expected to be ... Read more | Add your comment

One new local COVID case reported; No Bell residents currently hospitalized

The state’s COVID-19 positivity rate came in at 2.08 percent on Monday, as Kentucky begins the first week ... Read more | Add your comment


At last regular COVID-19 press briefing, Beshear says crisis is over but pandemic is not; rescinds most restrictions, reflects on fight

In his last regular COVID-19 press conference, Gov. Andy Beshear lifted the statewide mask mandate for most settings, ended capacity limits for businesses and venues, ... Read more | Add your comment

by Melissa Patrick.


Beshear starts incentives to get people vaccinated; Includes 15 scholarships for students, three $1 million drawings

As coronavirus vaccination rates in Kentucky keep slowing, Gov. Andy Beshear has announced new lottery-style incentives: $1 million each for three residents who have received ... Read more | Add your comment

by Melissa Patrick.


Freshman linebacker Martez Thrower “physically prepared” to play in the SEC

It is not hard to get coach Rob Stowe to talk about Martez Thrower, his star linebacker at Wilcox County High School in Rochelle, Georgia. ... Read more

by Larry Vaught, Wednesday, June 16, 2021 7:00 am


Railsplitter baseball to host youth, team camps

Head coach Justin Haywood and the Lincoln Memorial University baseball program is set to host four camps this summer, including three youth camps sponsored by ... Read more

by Special to The Middlesboro News, Tuesday, June 15, 2021 2:13 pm


God desires to heal and restore

By Dr. Billy Holland Can God heal us? Of course! We do not need to speculate or wonder about His ability to provide miracles and ... Read more

by Special to The Middlesboro News, Tuesday, June 15, 2021 2:11 pm


Collins leading UK’s defensive backs

Nathan Fuqua was an all-state defensive lineman at Danville High School who knows plenty about the University of Kentucky football program. Fuqua, 1999 Danville graduate, ... Read more

by Larry Vaught, Tuesday, June 15, 2021 7:35 am


Collins a good hire as UK’s safeties coach

Former Danville High School all-state defensive lineman Nathan Fuqua is the defensive coordinator at Georgia State and believes Kentucky made a wise decision hiring Chris ... Read more

by Larry Vaught, Saturday, June 12, 2021 7:00 am


Rodriguez looks ready to play in NFL

After becoming UK’s all-time rushing leader, Benny Snell has played in 29 games the last two years with the Pittsburgh Steelers and ran for 794 ... Read more

by Larry Vaught, Friday, June 11, 2021 7:00 am


Wallace planned to sign with Auburn, was swayed to UK

Wayne County (Ga.) High School coach Ken Cribb says it wasn’t anything magical that Kentucky linebackers coach Jon Sumrall did to persuade linebacker Trevin Wallace ... Read more

by Larry Vaught, Thursday, June 10, 2021 7:00 am


Laurel Cove Music Festival starts Friday

The Laurel Cove Music Festival is set to kick off on Friday, with the festival roaring back at full capacity with most COVID-19 restrictions in ... Read more

by joeasher, Wednesday, June 9, 2021 2:27 pm


Man facing burglary charge

A Frakes man has been charged with burglary after allegedly entering a residence through a window. Larry Blackburn, 48, was arrested on Sunday by Middlesboro ... Read more

by joeasher, Wednesday, June 9, 2021 2:24 pm


Calipari putting more emphasis on shooting

Want more reason to believe that Kentucky coach John Calipari — who has added three skilled outside shooters in Kellan Grady, CJ Frederick, and TyTy ... Read more

by Larry Vaught, Wednesday, June 9, 2021 7:00 am


Three-way Kentucky quarterback battle fun and challenging for Beau Allen

Even though he did not come out of spring practice as Kentucky’s No. 1 quarterback, redshirt freshman Beau Allen thought everything went well not only ... Read more

by Larry Vaught, Tuesday, June 8, 2021 7:00 am


Man faces charges including kidnapping 

A Middlesboro man is facing charges including kidnapping after allegedly retaining a woman and threatening her with a knife. Brian Brown, 41, was arrested on ... Read more

by joeasher, Monday, June 7, 2021 12:10 pm


Morgan surprised at UK scholarship offer

Grayson Morgan said a Kentucky football scholarship offer truly did “come out of the blue” for him. “We were in the state semifinals for basketball. ... Read more

by Larry Vaught, Monday, June 7, 2021 8:11 am


KMLF returns; Historic festival a success, missing bad weather over weekend

The 2021 Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival is now history, having dodged poor weather for much of the weekend. The festival kicked off with an opening ... Read more

by joeasher, Monday, June 7, 2021 8:04 am


Johnson to return for another softball season

Kentucky softball did not have a single positive COVID-19 test and did not have a single scheduled game disrupted by the pandemic, something senior outfielder ... Read more

by Larry Vaught, Saturday, June 5, 2021 7:00 am


4-H builds strong leaders

Throughout their years in 4-H, members have numerous opportunities to explore and engage in leadership roles. Leadership skills are an important part of 4-H programming, ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, June 4, 2021 2:27 pm


Extension district board to meet June 16

Bell County Cooperative Extension Service District Board Meeting is Wednesday, June 16 at 1:00 p.m. in the 3rd floor meeting room of the old courthouse ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, June 4, 2021 2:22 pm


New K-9 unit joins Pineville police

The Pineville Police Department has added to their ranks, with Dutch Shepherd “Link” now a part of the team. According to a press release, Middlesboro ... Read more

by joeasher, Friday, June 4, 2021 2:17 pm


‘We’re still here’
Governor optimistic on economy in Pineville appearance

Governor Andy Beshear made an appearance in Pineville last weekend speaking to a lunchtime crowd at the Pine Mountain State Park Lodge, touching on the ... Read more

by joeasher, Friday, June 4, 2021 1:27 pm


No new COVID cases in Bell County

The Bell County Health department reported no new cases of COVID-19 in the county on Wednesday. With no new cases to report, the Bell County ... Read more

by joeasher, Friday, June 4, 2021 12:42 pm


Lawmakers wanting Capitol Annex to be reopened

The mask mandate has been lifted for those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, but legislative leaders are looking for guidance from Gov. Andy Beshear ... Read more

by Tom Latek, Friday, June 4, 2021 11:31 am


UK’s White could be one of nation’s top coordinators

Athlon Sports is normally the first magazine to have its college football preview section finished and annually has a review of one Southeastern Conference team ... Read more

by Larry Vaught, Friday, June 4, 2021 7:00 am


Key taking college visits to several schools; Could still join former high school teammates at UK

About two months ago Frederick Douglass receiver Dane Key — a four-star prospect and top 300 player nationally in the 247Sports rankings — narrowed his ... Read more

by Larry Vaught, Thursday, June 3, 2021 7:00 am


Senior centers get OK to reopen June 11

Gov. Andy Beshear announced Tuesday that Senior Centers, which had been closed for more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be able ... Read more

by Tom Latek, Wednesday, June 2, 2021 7:22 am


Calipari not planning to rely on popular transfer portal in future

Most of Kentucky’s roster will be stocked with transfers next season but coach John Calipari doesn’t think that will become a trend in the future. ... Read more

by Keith Taylor, Wednesday, June 2, 2021 7:00 am