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McConnell addresses Bell County

Senator Mitch McConnell provided an update on issues of importance in Washington, D.C. during a luncheon in Pineville ... Read more | Add your comment

Fishing tournament proceeds donated

The first day of May brought with it the Second Annual Middlesboro City Police Department Fishing Tournament, the ... Read more | Add your comment

National Day of Prayer observed locally

The city of Middlesboro observed the “National Day of Prayer 2021,” on Thursday, via a proclamation signed by ... Read more | Add your comment

Man faces meth charge

A man is facing a drug charge after allegedly being found in possession of methamphetamine. Travis Barton, 48, ... Read more | Add your comment


Ky. and local governments will split settlement with opioid makers

When a global settlement with opioid manufacturers and distributors is settled, Kentucky will allocate half of any proceeds to the state and the other half ... Read more | Add your comment

by Melissa Patrick.


Curfews on bars, restaurants being lifted

Gov. Andy Beshear said he will be lifting another COVID-19 restriction, and may soon do more, as the FDA approved the use of the Pfizer ... Read more | Add your comment

by Tom Latek.


Fan-favorite Antigua returns to UK

Kentucky basketball fans were thrilled last week when former assistant coach Orlando Antigua returned to Kentucky — the place he called “Camelot” in his first ... Read more

by Larry Vaught, Tuesday, May 11, 2021 7:13 am


Hopkins has unlimited future, high school coach says

Kentucky basketball has had player and coaching defections as well as player and coaching additions recently. That’s made it easy to lose perspective on signee ... Read more

by Larry Vaught, Monday, May 10, 2021 7:11 am


Calipari lures Antigua back to UK, adds ‘Chin’ Coleman to staff

A familiar face returned to the Kentucky coaching staff on Thursday. Former assistant coach Orlando Antigua reunited with John Calipari and will fill one of ... Read more

by Keith Taylor, Friday, May 7, 2021 7:29 am


Teaching civil discourse

By Brian Good Bell County Extension Agent Arguments, finger-pointing, derogatory comments, and rudeness have become far too common in our culture, particularly when debating sensitive ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, May 6, 2021 8:09 am


Rogers, Barr, Guthrie support Beshear’s request to expand aid assessments

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Congressmen Hal Rogers (KY-05), Andy Barr (KY-06) and Brett Guthrie (KY-02) sent a joint letter to Deanne Criswell, Administrator of the ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, May 6, 2021 8:07 am

Letters to the Editor

Reader expresses gratitude to nursing facility

I would like to sincerely express my appreciation and gratitude for the excellent care that I received from everyone at the Middlesboro Nursing and Rehabilitation ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:46 am


Tennessee man charged with endangerment, resisting arrest

A Speedwell, Tennessee, man is facing multiple charges including resisting arrest and wanton endangerment of a police officer after allegedly attempting to strike Kentucky State ... Read more

by joeasher, Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:40 am


ROHO fishing tournament a hit

The ROHO club’s annual fishing tournament took place on Saturday, with an excellent turnout helping to make this year’s tournament a success. Alex Cook, one ... Read more

by joeasher, Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:34 am


It’s Beef Month in the Bluegrass
Kentucky is largest cattle state east of the Mississippi

The Kentucky Beef Council Kentucky’s 38,000 beef producers will celebrate beef during the month of May, as the state legislature has proclaimed May as Beef ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:24 am


Late UK golfer to be honored at pro tournament

The PGA Tour returns to central Kentucky in July for the Barbasol Championship that will be played July 15-18 at Champions at Keene Trace Golf ... Read more

by Larry Vaught, Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:00 am


UK’s Lilley is finalist for Honda Award

Kentucky senior setter Madison Lilley has been named a finalist for the 2020 Honda Award for the sport of volleyball along with Logan Eggleston of ... Read more

by Larry Vaught, Wednesday, May 5, 2021 7:00 am


No new COVID cases in Bell County

The Bell County Health Department reported no new COVID-19 cases for the third day in a row on Monday. The total of cases in Bell ... Read more

by joeasher, Tuesday, May 4, 2021 8:16 am


Washington drafts UK’s Jamin Davis

Former Kentucky safety Mike Edwards, who won a Super Bowl recently with Tampa Bay, called it a “big-time pick” when Washington selected UK linebacker Jamin ... Read more

by Larry Vaught, Tuesday, May 4, 2021 7:00 am


Former UK star Bowden returning to Somerset for another youth camp in June

Bart Williams was thrilled that former University of Kentucky football standout Lynn Bowden agreed to be part of the Somerset Youth Football League summer camp. ... Read more

by Larry Vaught, Monday, May 3, 2021 8:31 am


McConnell and Barr: Thoroughbred racing is well-positioned for the future. Here’s why

The Kentucky Derby is called the most exciting two minutes in sports. This week, fans from around the globe will turn their attention once again ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, April 30, 2021 10:32 am


Return of Kentucky Derby in spring brings signs of normalcy

Kentucky will be back in the national spotlight this weekend on the first Saturday in May for the first time in two years. The 147th ... Read more

by Keith Taylor, Friday, April 30, 2021 7:00 am


Friday to be Bruce Walzer Day in Middlesboro

Friday, April 30, has been designated Bruce Walzer Day in Middlesboro. Middlesboro Mayor Rick Nelson signed the proclamation on Thursday honoring Walzer, who is retiring ... Read more

by joeasher, Thursday, April 29, 2021 2:04 pm


Justus looks back, sees ‘opportunity of a lifetime’ as he leaves for Arizona St.

As expected, Joel Justus has accepted a coaching position at Arizona State. Justus, who has spent the past seven seasons at Kentucky, came to Kentucky ... Read more

by Keith Taylor, Thursday, April 29, 2021 8:47 am


REAL ID deadline extended until 2023

Folks scrambling to find their birth certificate and other documentation needed to get a REAL ID before the October deadline, can take a deep breath; ... Read more

by Tom Latek, Wednesday, April 28, 2021 4:07 pm


Study finds rural users of electronic cigarettes are older, and often sicker, than their urban counterparts

A new study out of West Virginia University says rural users of electronic cigarettes are older, and often get sicker, than their urban counterparts. The ... Read more

by Melissa Patrick, Wednesday, April 28, 2021 7:48 am


Volunteers honored for their service

This week has been National Volunteer Appreciation Week, and Bluegrass Care Navigators, which serves southeast Kentucky along with other areas, expressed their thanks to volunteers ... Read more

by joeasher, Wednesday, April 28, 2021 7:40 am


Hit country duo to headline KMLF

The Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival is slated to kick off on May 27, and the opening concert headliner has been announced. Maddie and Tae, a ... Read more

by joeasher, Wednesday, April 28, 2021 7:36 am


COVID-19, other vaccinations available; Health department has no waiting list

The current pandemic has brought heightened attention to vaccines, with the COVID-19 vaccines a topic for discussion among many. This week is World Immunization Week, ... Read more

by joeasher, Wednesday, April 28, 2021 7:30 am


Man faces endangerment charge after firing shots

A Middlesboro man is facing charges including wanton endangerment after allegedly discharging a firearm in the general direction of another person. Markel Hubbard, 23, was ... Read more

by joeasher, Wednesday, April 28, 2021 7:25 am


Young ready to hear his name called in NFL draft

Landon Young is not sure when he may hear his name called during the NFL draft this week but he’s confident after his Pro Day ... Read more

by Larry Vaught, Wednesday, April 28, 2021 7:00 am