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Middlesboro discusses wastewater issues 

Grant would provide computer, which is ‘heartbeat’ of system   By JOE ASHER joe.asher@middlesboronews.com   The Middlesboro City ... Read more | Add your comment

Two council members tender resignations

Council will present plaques of appreciation to those resigning   By JOE ASHER joe.asher@middlesboronews.com The Middlesboro City Council ... Read more | Add your comment

Council hears update on alcohol licenses 

Dollar General, Circle K receive first local licenses   By JOE ASHER joe.asher@middlesboronews.com The Middlesboro City Council held ... Read more | Add your comment

Mayor, city council may have been exposed to COVID at Tuesday meeting

By JOE ASHER joe.asher@middlesboronews.com   Members of the Middlesboro City Council and the Mayor could find themselves quarantined ... Read more | Add your comment

News

Students learn life skills in after-school program

By JOE ASHER joe.asher@middlesboronews.com Students from the 21st Century Community Learning Center at Middlesboro Middle School hosted a “Lights On After School” event at the Middlesboro ... Read more | Add your comment

by Staff Reports.

News

Local shelter offers special adoption rate this month

By JOE ASHER joe.asher@middlesboronews.com   Dog lovers are everywhere, and they will all be happy to hear the month of October has been designated as ... Read more | Add your comment

by Staff Reports.

Opinion

Amendment 2, on the ballot, has a hidden agenda, but it’s a good one

As our tumultuous, pandemic-extended election consumes the country, this space takes a breath to offer a closer look at something important on Kentucky’s ballot, and ... Read more

by Al Cross, Wednesday, October 28, 2020 10:35 am

Sports

Barton leads Jackets to 52-6 win

By ZACH AUSMUS Contributing Writer   The MHS football team took one look at the visiting Knott County Central team and went to work in ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, October 28, 2020 10:19 am

Sports

Lions capitalize on turnovers to defeat Harlan

By JOHN HENSON Sports Writer   The second century of the Prineville-Harlan football rivalry began much like the first with Pineville going on the road ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, October 28, 2020 10:17 am

Sports

Lady Jackets capture Region 5 championship

By JOHN HENSON Contributing Writer   The Middlesboro Lady Jackets and senior Grace Rose swept the team and individual titles on Saturday in the Class ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, October 28, 2020 10:12 am

Sports

Bell boys earn trip to 2A state meet

By John Henson Contributing Writer   For a Bell County cross country program that hasn’t finished in the top two in a regional meet in ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, October 28, 2020 10:02 am

Sports

Bell falls 35-0 to Ashland Blazer; Harlan game canceled

By JOHN HENSON Contributing Writer   J.T. Garrett and Keontae Pittman teamed for five touchdowns as visiting Ashland Blazer (5-0) rolled to a 35-0 win ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, October 28, 2020 9:34 am

News

Middlesboro man faces sex abuse charge 

By JOE ASHER joe.asher@middlesboronews.com A Middlesboro man faces charges including first-degree sexual abuse (victim under 12 years of age) after allegedly intimately touching a juvenile. ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, October 16, 2020 1:42 pm

Sports

Local runners set personal records in Middlesboro All-Comers meet

By JOHN HENSON Contributing Writer With the regional meet a little over a week away, Bell County coach Jason Stewart found plenty of positives from ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, October 15, 2020 7:18 am

Sports

Middlesboro falls to Harlan in district tournament

Middlesboro’s Chris Hobbs goes up against Harlan County’s Jacob Hooper Tuesday in 50th District Tournament action at James A. Cawood Field. The Yellow Jackets suffered ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, October 15, 2020 7:11 am

BREAKING NEWS

Bell County School Board meeting set for Thursday at 3 p.m.

The Bell County Board of Education will meet Thursday, Oct. 15, at 3 p.m. at the Bell County Administration Building in Pineville. The meeting will ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, October 14, 2020 4:05 pm

News

McGrath visits Middlesboro on campaign trail

By BEN SLUSHER Special to The Middlesboro News   Kentucky Democratic Candidate for United States Senate Amy McGrath visited Bell County Friday, October 2, to ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, October 14, 2020 9:36 am

Editorials

Grading political leaders through pandemic

As we approach a crucial election, it’s time to think about the sort of leaders we want and need at all levels of government – ... Read more

by Al Cross, Wednesday, October 14, 2020 9:28 am

News

Bell man killed in mining accident

A Bell County man is dead following a Friday mining accident at the Double Mountain Mining #3 “Strata” surface mine in Fonde in Bell County. ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, October 13, 2020 9:17 am

Sports

Miracle sets course record in leading Bell to Middlesboro All-Comers title; Rose, James lead Lady Jackets to championship

By JOHN HENSON Contributing Writer   Bell County sophomore Caden Miracle was both a winner and record-breaker on Thursday in the Middlesboro All-Comers as he ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, October 9, 2020 11:45 am

Sports

Middlesboro’s Rose running with sites on regional championship

By JOHN HENSON Contributing Writer A senior with regional championship aspirations — Middlesboro’s Grace Rose — warmed up for the bigger meet later this month ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, October 9, 2020 10:59 am

BREAKING NEWS

Local pastor charged with incest; alleged victim reports “30 to 40” instances of rape; Noe released Thursday on $100,000 bond

A local pastor has been charged with incest and accused of raping a child. Frank Asher Noe, Jr., pastor of Bennett’s Fork Baptist Church in ... Read more

by Jeff Moreland, Thursday, October 8, 2020 4:51 pm

News

Auditor says Bell sheriff needs segregation of duties; Williams says budget limitations don’t allow hiring more staff

Kentucky State Auditor Mike Harmon has released details on his audit of the 2019 financial statement of Bell County Sheriff Mitch Williams. According to Harmon’s ... Read more

by Jeff Moreland, Thursday, October 8, 2020 11:10 am

News

Middlesboro trick-or-treat set for Oct. 31

By JOE ASHER joe.asher@middlesboronews.com Autumn is in full swing, and a favorite part of the fall season for many is Halloween, complete with trick-or-treating, parties, ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, October 8, 2020 10:45 am

Sports

Bell falls to Rockcastle for first time in 14 years

By JOHN HENSON Contributing Writer   With three state championships to his credit, Bell County coach Dudley Hilton knew from experience that last year’s trip ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, October 6, 2020 8:44 am

Sports

Breathitt outlasts Middlesboro, 35-20

By ZACH AUSMUS Contributing Writer   JACKSON, KY — The latest installment of District 7’s best proved to be another hard-fought battle. On Friday, the ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Sunday, October 4, 2020 5:53 pm

News

Artists work with locals to complete downtown mural

By JOE ASHER joe.asher@middlesboronews.com   A mural that has been under construction on the wall of the Tamer building in downtown Middlesboro was presented to ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Saturday, October 3, 2020 11:03 am

News

Get outdoors and enjoy fall in the Gap

By JOE ASHER joe.asher@middlesboronews.com Fall is here, and given the current pandemic, there are some things that normally come with fall that may be a ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Saturday, October 3, 2020 10:58 am

News

FBI continues search for female bank robber

The FBI is investigating an armed bank robbery that took place in Pineville just before 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 29. A female suspect is ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Saturday, October 3, 2020 10:55 am

News

Flu vaccinations now available

Vaccine recommended for anyone 6 months and older   By JOE ASHER joe.asher@middlesboronews.com   While the COVID-19 pandemic is first in many people’s minds this ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Saturday, October 3, 2020 10:54 am

News

County reports new COVID cases; State breaks 1,000-case mark for a single day

By JOE ASHER joe.asher@middlesboronews.com   The Bell County Health Department’s COVID-19 update for Wednesday included five new individual cases locally. According to the Bell County ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Saturday, October 3, 2020 10:04 am