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Street department prepared for winter weather

When the winter weather sets in, the Middlesboro Street Department crews are tasked with the job of getting ... Read more | Add your comment

County to purchase police pursuit vehicles

Judge talks about COVID in the county The Bell County Fiscal Court held a regular meeting on Tuesday, ... Read more | Add your comment

Main Street utilizes community service volunteers

Main Street Middlesboro has arranged to provide community service opportunities through the drug court program which will benefit ... Read more | Add your comment

Beshear says security at Capitol increased for next several days

Announces Kentucky State Capitol grounds will be closed Sunday Gov. Andy Beshear announced heightened security measures around the ... Read more | Add your comment

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Nearly 400 vaccinations given locally

As COVID-19 cases increase, the Bell County Health Department is working to vaccinate as many people as possible, approaching 400 vaccinations administered since the vaccines ... Read more | Add your comment

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Gas prices on the rise in Kentucky

Gasoline prices in Kentucky have risen 2.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.21/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,623 stations ... Read more | Add your comment

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Sports

Cats come up short against Auburn

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky stopped Auburn, but the Tigers still escaped with a 66-59 win over the Wildcats Saturday at Auburn Arena. “We ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Sunday, January 17, 2021 3:41 pm

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COVID vaccines: fact versus fiction

By Mallory Olson University of Kentucky Over the past year, a novel, highly contagious virus has spread across the world. Scientists and researchers have worked ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, January 15, 2021 12:34 pm

Opinion

Trip to civil rights museum one worth taking

As we prepare to observe the 92nd birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I find myself reflecting on a trip that taught me ... Read more

by Jeff Moreland, Thursday, January 14, 2021 5:43 pm

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Public Record Jan. 14, 2021

Public Record Property Transfers • Mollie Smith to Middlesboro Bell County Airport, property in Middlesboro • Shannon Beth and Anthony Scott to Kevin Scott and ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, January 14, 2021 3:36 pm

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Bell asked to participate in regional CD project

The Claiborne County Commission has agreed to foot a slice of the estimated $10,000 pie in production costs to record regional music from the tri-state ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, January 13, 2021 2:32 pm

Sports

Tide rolls over Wildcats 85-65 in Rupp Arena

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Alabama’s football team won a national championship Monday. The men’s basketball team followed with an impressive rare road win in ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, January 13, 2021 2:11 pm

Sports

Echols helped make Gator Bowl even more special for one Kentucky family

By Larry Vaught Vaught’s Views Ally Echols grew up a Kentucky fan in Shepherdsville and met her husband, Thomas Paine Echols, a few months before ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, January 13, 2021 1:57 pm

Lifestyle

A view from the mountains

By Bill Hayes The great Tom Handy of London, a Republican, who was nearly Lt. Governor of Kentucky, and I, a Democrat, from Middlesboro, who ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, January 13, 2021 1:47 pm

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‘He had a heart of gold’ – Walter Overbay dies at 82

There are some who leave a long shadow when they leave us. Through his work in the community and simply by the way he treated ... Read more

by joeasher, Wednesday, January 13, 2021 1:20 pm

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Senate committee continues work on state budget

Budget bills for the three branches of Government in Kentucky continue to advance in the General Assembly, winning Senate committee approval on Tuesday. The Senate ... Read more

by Tom Latek, Wednesday, January 13, 2021 11:00 am

Sports

Allen making a difference with added playing time

Recently Kentucky coach John Calipari tried to compare the emergence of Dontaie Allen to former UK stars Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Immanuel Quickley because they both ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Sunday, January 10, 2021 6:13 pm

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General Assembly acts to reopen stores, schools

The General Assembly gave final passage today to legislation relating to the reopening of Kentucky’s economy in response to the governor’s state of emergency intended ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Saturday, January 9, 2021 6:19 pm

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Kentucky’s US attorneys say they will prosecute Capitol rioters

Kentucky U.S. attorneys both said they would prosecute individuals from the region who committed violent, criminal acts in the Capitol on Wednesday. U.S. Attorney Russell ... Read more

by Mark Maynard, Friday, January 8, 2021 7:53 am

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Rogers sworn in for 21st consecutive term

U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) was sworn into office for his 21st consecutive term representing Kentucky’s Fifth Congressional District. Forty years ago, Congressman Rogers ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, January 7, 2021 4:43 pm

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D.C. riot stirs emotions, concerns

What happened in Washington, D.C., Wednesday was absolutely heartbreaking. It was also a sad reflection on the state our nation is in today because of ... Read more

by Jeff Moreland, Thursday, January 7, 2021 3:36 pm

Editorials

Talking with students about Jan. 6, 2021

Throughout the course of my education career, I have engaged in numerous discussions on how and if schools should discuss and teach controversial topics with ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, January 7, 2021 3:25 pm

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Students to compete in 4H ham curing contest

Most people enjoy ham, but not everybody understands the process required to cure a ham so it can be delivered to the table. The Bell ... Read more

by joeasher, Thursday, January 7, 2021 3:15 pm

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County records 28 new COVID cases

The Bell County Health Department’s COVID-19 update for Wednesday included 28 new individual cases. According to the Bell County Health Department, the county reached a ... Read more

by joeasher, Thursday, January 7, 2021 3:14 pm

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Record 5,732 new coronavirus cases, 34 deaths reported

Gov. Andy Beshear announced a high number of COVID-19 related deaths, along with a daily record number of new cases on Wednesday. A total of ... Read more

by Tom Latek, Thursday, January 7, 2021 7:49 am

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Rogers issues statement on electoral college vote

U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) released the following statement about the Electoral College count after the Joint Session of Congress reconvened following a violent ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, January 7, 2021 7:36 am

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Man charged in Tuesday shooting

A man is in custody after turning himself in following an alleged shooting in Bell County in the Kettle Island community. Devonterious Williams Grigsby, 23, ... Read more

by joeasher, Wednesday, January 6, 2021 10:27 am

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Legislature aims at addressing emergency powers of governor

The legislature’s planned changes in the governor’s emergency powers will address “an institutional situation, not an individual situation” like Gov. Andy Beshear’s ongoing mandates during ... Read more

by Al Cross, Wednesday, January 6, 2021 9:38 am

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Magic City Lights winners announced

The first installment of Middlesboro’s “Magic City Lights” contest has come to an end, with the winners announced on the Recreation of Middlesboro Facebook page. ... Read more

by joeasher, Wednesday, January 6, 2021 9:32 am

Sports

Wildcats ‘fight like heck’ to hold off gritty Commodores, 77-74

Vanderbilt is always a struggle for Kentucky, and Tuesday night was no different. “Every year we play them, it’s exactly the same way,” Kentucky coach ... Read more

by Keith Taylor, Wednesday, January 6, 2021 8:31 am

Sports

UK QB Wilson opts out, to enter NCAA transfer portal

Kentucky quarterback Terry Wilson has decided to finish his collegiate career elsewhere after announcing plans to enter the NCAA transfer portal Monday night. Wilson, who ... Read more

by Keith Taylor, Wednesday, January 6, 2021 8:15 am