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Inmate dies while on work release

A Bell County Detention Center inmate died while working on a grass-mowing detail Wednesday morning. Kentucky State Police ... Read more | Add your comment

Couple arrested, facing federal drug charges

Two people were arrested Tuesday, June 30, and they now face drug trafficking charges. Bell County Chief Deputy ... Read more | Add your comment

Bell election totals are in

A week after Bell County voters cast their ballots, the results of the primary election are finally complete. ... Read more | Add your comment

Water rate increase expected to go in effect in December

Company president says investments are vital to providing quality water service Any increase in water rates for Middlesboro ... Read more | Add your comment

Letters to the Editor

Reader upset about appearance of McLin Cemetery in Rose Hill

I have always taken pride in the appearance of the McLin Cemetery in Rose Hill where my fam- ily members are buried. That pride has ... Read more | Add your comment

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County reports two new COVID cases

Bell County has reported two new COVID-19 cases. Saturday, Bell County Health Department Director Teresa Hunter issued a release stating the the county’s sixth total ... Read more | Add your comment

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Dampier among UK basketball legends

By LARRY VAUGHT Vaught’s Views Younger University of Kentucky basketball fans likely don’t even know who Louie Dampier was even though he’s in the Naismith ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, June 30, 2020 3:05 pm


A day outdoors

Wednesday was a great day to get outside and enjoy the outdoors. That’s just what some Bell County residents were doing on a sunshiny day. Read more

by Jeff Moreland, Friday, June 26, 2020 10:12 am


Traffic stop leads to drug, gun, other charges

A traffic stop for a vehicle with expired platesTuesday night turned into a much more exciting event for Bell County Deputy Adam Southern. Southern observed ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, June 26, 2020 10:06 am


Bad guys apparently don’t wear nice shoes

As editor of The Middlesboro News for just over three months, I’m still learning about the community. One of the best ways for an old ... Read more

by Jeff Moreland, Thursday, June 25, 2020 1:48 pm


Partial results are in, but wet-dry vote still up in the air until June 30

Everyone knew the question going into Election Day Tuesday was will the city of Middlesboro become wet? The answer is still officially unknown, although nearly ... Read more

by Jeff Moreland, Thursday, June 25, 2020 11:42 am


Election results are in, but not complete until June 30

Bell County voters went to the polls Tuesday, but those who didn’t either mailed their ballots or cast them early via absentee due to COVID-19. ... Read more

by Jeff Moreland, Wednesday, June 24, 2020 11:29 am


Officials warn against scams encouraging voting by email, phone, text

Email, phone, and text are not acceptable voting methods in Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron together with Secretary of State Michael Adams today alerted Kentuckians ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Monday, June 22, 2020 4:18 pm


Suspect in two Friday shootings remains on the run

An early morning incident Friday has left one man shot and another on the run from police. Middlesboro Police Department officers were called to Middlesboro ... Read more

by Jeff Moreland, Friday, June 19, 2020 4:49 pm


Calipari envisions strict medical protocol before return to practice

Before his players can even start thinking about basketball next month, Kentucky coach John Calipari expects the Wildcats to undergo medical precautions prior to workouts. ... Read more

by Keith Taylor, Friday, June 19, 2020 3:54 pm


UK coaches have served as father figures to many players

College coaches are charged with more than just teaching their respective sports. They also serve as mentors to student-athletes, many of whom are thousands of ... Read more

by Keith Taylor, Friday, June 19, 2020 9:19 am


Middlesboro Police donate books to school system

Middlesboro Police officers continue to support the Middlesboro Independent School System and the systems summer Read and Feed program. Officer Eric Bradley Fuson presented books ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, June 18, 2020 5:17 pm


Attorney general will intervene in water increase case

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s office will intervene in the matter of a proposed water rate increase by the Water Service Corporation of Kentucky. The ... Read more

by Jeff Moreland, Thursday, June 18, 2020 5:10 pm


The movement for black lives is a small-town movement, too

By KAREN DOLAN Director of the Criminalization of Race and Poverty Project at the Institute for Policy Studies Something’s happening — and not just in ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, June 17, 2020 10:03 am


Beshear reports 203 new coronavirus cases and 7 more deaths; guidance up for pools and gatherings up to 50, allowed June 29

After announcing 203 new coronavirus cases today, Gov. Andy Beshear reminded Kentuckians in a news release that there are three things they can do to ... Read more

by Melissa Patrick, Wednesday, June 17, 2020 9:58 am


Carol Barr, wife of Congressman Andy Barr, dies unexpectedly

Carol Leavell Barr, the wife of U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, passed away suddenly Tuesday at the family home in Lexington. “During this tragic time, we ... Read more

by Mark Maynard, Wednesday, June 17, 2020 9:55 am


Bell residents, businesses can receive help from SBA following flooding, mudslides

Kentucky businesses and residents affected by severe storms, flooding, flash flooding, landslides, and mudslides from Feb. 3 through Feb. 29, 2020 can apply for low-interest ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, June 16, 2020 3:46 pm


38% water rate hike sought by WSCK

The Water Service Corporation of Kentucky has proposed a water rate increase for the city of Middlesboro for the second time in the past year. ... Read more

by Jeff Moreland, Tuesday, June 16, 2020 10:11 am


Schools told to be prepared to wear masks, be ready for intermittent closures

Kentucky schools were told Monday to prepare for intermittent closures during the school year to come, but they still await firm word from state officials ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, June 16, 2020 8:48 am


Police fishing tournament funds Cops for Kids program

On Saturday June 6, many fishermen gathered at Brogan’s Hollow to fish in the inaugural Middlesboro Police Department Bass Fishing Tournament. At daylight, the boats ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, June 11, 2020 2:11 pm


County records fifth COVID-19 case

Bell County was one of the last in the state to report a positive case of COVID-19, with its first being reported in a May ... Read more

by Jeff Moreland, Thursday, June 11, 2020 12:37 pm


Suspects sought in Cumberland Gap break-ins

Rangers with Cumberland Gap National Historical Park are searching for suspects in a string of break-ins in the park. According to an incident report by ... Read more

by Jeff Moreland, Thursday, June 11, 2020 11:46 am


Connor shined bright in high school, at UK

By LARRY VAUGHT Who was the most competitive, toughest player that former Kentucky All-American Kevin Grevey played with or against in college? If you are ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, June 10, 2020 3:30 pm


Former UK recruit, Stewart is Cats’ new d-line coach

New Kentucky defensive line coach Anwar Stewart was recruited to play at Kentucky by coach Bill Curry, a defensive minded coach, and finished his career ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, June 10, 2020 3:28 pm


Mowing season in full swing in the District 11 area 

Mowing season along Kentucky state highways is fully underway and crews in the District 11 area are moving between counties. State forces and contract crews ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, June 10, 2020 3:02 pm


Kentucky Community and Technical College System resumes on-campus operations

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) received approval from the Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) for its plan to begin stages of on-campus ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, June 10, 2020 2:38 pm