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Local eateries facing staffing difficulties

Many are looking forward to summer with the pandemic easing up, allowing restaurants and other businesses to get ... Read more | Add your comment

Man faces trafficking charge

A Middlesboro man is facing charges including trafficking methamphetamine after allegedly being found in possession of the substance. ... Read more | Add your comment

County approves road recommendations

The Bell County Fiscal Court met in regular session on Tuesday, hearing the state transportation cabinet’s rural and ... Read more | Add your comment

Six farmers plead guilty to federal crop insurance fraud

Six central Kentucky farmers have now pleaded guilty to federal crop insurance fraud charges, including four on Monday ... Read more | Add your comment


Middlesboro schools finance corporation to meet Tuesday

There will be a special meeting of the Middlesboro Independent School District Finance Corporation on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at 5:15 p.m. The meeting will ... Read more | Add your comment

by Staff Reports.


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.


Six NFL draft picks is UK’s most in more than 40 years

Kentucky’s six NFL draft picks this year were the most Kentucky has had since the draft was reduced to seven rounds and the most Kentucky ... Read more

by Larry Vaught, Friday, May 14, 2021 7:33 am


UK seniors led team to volleyball title

Junior All-American Alli Stumler received a lot of attention for her NCAA Tournament play that helped propel Kentucky to its first volleyball national championship. However, ... Read more

by Larry Vaught, Thursday, May 13, 2021 7:27 am


Robinson could be Heisman finalist, CBS analyst says

Just how good could Nebraska transfer Wan’Dale Robinson be for Kentucky next season? The Wildcats certainly need a boost in the passing attack and the ... Read more

by Larry Vaught, Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:20 am


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


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

by Tom Latek, Tuesday, May 11, 2021 6:38 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


McConnell addresses Bell County

Senator Mitch McConnell provided an update on issues of importance in Washington, D.C. during a luncheon in Pineville on Tuesday. McConnell appeared via video conference, ... Read more

by joeasher, Friday, May 7, 2021 8:00 am


Fishing tournament proceeds donated

The first day of May brought with it the Second Annual Middlesboro City Police Department Fishing Tournament, the proceeds from which have been donated to ... Read more

by joeasher, Friday, May 7, 2021 8:00 am


National Day of Prayer observed locally

The city of Middlesboro observed the “National Day of Prayer 2021,” on Thursday, via a proclamation signed by the Mayor and the entire Middlesboro City ... Read more

by joeasher, Friday, May 7, 2021 8:00 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


Man faces meth charge

A man is facing a drug charge after allegedly being found in possession of methamphetamine. Travis Barton, 48, was arrested on Sunday by Middlesboro City ... Read more

by joeasher, Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:42 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