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Drive-thru COVID testing offered across county

Testing for the novel coronavirus is expanding across Bell County, and so are the number of positive cases. ... Read more | Add your comment

Bell COVID cases continue to climb
Total stands at 73 as of Wednesday

Bell County continues to see an increase in COVID-19 cases, and seven new cases were reported Wednesday afternoon. ... Read more | Add your comment

New Bell County businesses to benefit from $500,000 grant

A grant of $500,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency is good news for some potential new businesses in ... Read more | Add your comment

Third person arrested in connection with robbery, killing of a dog

A third person has now been arrested in connection with a recent robbery and the killing of a ... 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

by Staff Reports.


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

by Staff Reports.


Get a COVID test – if not for you, then for someone you love

I’ve washed my hands a thousand times in recent weeks, and I hope you have, too. Hand sanitizer is something I’ve always used, but lately, ... Read more

by Jeff Moreland, Thursday, July 9, 2020 10:45 pm


Nurses need more than PPE

By RICH BLUNI, RN Across the U.S., coronavirus infection rates are surging, with no end in sight. If you’re a nurse, you may feel like ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, July 7, 2020 8:21 pm


Kentucky adds UAB and Marshall to non-conference schedule

Kentucky’s non-conference basketball schedule is almost complete. The Wildcats added the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) and Marshall to the slate it was announced Tuesday by ... Read more

by Keith Taylor, Tuesday, July 7, 2020 8:20 pm


COVID outbreak hits county

Bell County records 46th positive case After being one of the last counties in Kentucky to report a positive COVID-19 case, Bell County is now ... Read more

by Jeff Moreland, Tuesday, July 7, 2020 7:08 pm


Rules for school sports due to COVID-19 in the works, Kentucky superintendents told

As the usual opening practice dates for fall sports approach, Kentucky school districts are concerned about how to operate athletic programs due to the COVID-19 ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, July 7, 2020 6:31 pm


Man sought in stabbing of his ex-wife

A Middlesboro man is wanted following the stabbing of his ex-wife. On Saturday, July 4, Middlesboro Police received a call reporting a stabbing at 2013 ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, July 7, 2020 9:10 am


Middlesboro Main Street program receives 2020 National Main Street accreditation

Middlesboro Main Street has been designated as a 2020 Accredited Main Street America program by the National Main Street Center which recognizes communities across the ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, July 7, 2020 7:13 am


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 Trooper Shane E. Jacobs said in a ... Read more

by Jeff Moreland, Wednesday, July 1, 2020 10:05 pm


Couple arrested, facing federal drug charges

Two people were arrested Tuesday, June 30, and they now face drug trafficking charges. Bell County Chief Deputy Doug Jordan and deputy Frank Foster arrested ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, July 1, 2020 9:08 pm


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


Bell election totals are in

A week after Bell County voters cast their ballots, the results of the primary election are finally complete. With the COVID-19 pandemic, many voters cast ... Read more

by Jeff Moreland, Tuesday, June 30, 2020 2:57 pm


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 residents will likely come near the end ... Read more

by Jeff Moreland, Friday, June 26, 2020 10:18 am


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