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County OKs sewer project

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A local company was awarded a contract in excess of $2 million by the Harlan County Fiscal Court during its monthly meeting Thursday.With four bidders for the U.S. 119 Fourmile/Wallins Sewer Project, Ash Mountain Inc. of Harlan was selected with its bid of $2,426,422.13 to complete the project, as recommended by Project Engineer Leo Miller.Magistrate Delbert Stephens, whose district includes the area, said he is “glad to see this project approved and work set to begin.”


Today in History

By the Associated PressToday is Friday, September 19, the 262nd day of 2014. There are 103 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On September 19, 1777, the first Battle of Saratoga was fought during the Revolutionary War; although British forces succeeded in driving out the American troops, the Americans prevailed in a second battle the following month.On this date:In 1...

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What’s Goin’ On

To place an event in the “What’s Goin’ On” section, email: bmoore@civitasmedia.com; fax: 606-573-0042; or drop a written/typed copy of the announcement by our office at 1548 Hwy. 421 South (beside Hardee’s). Announcements will not be accepted by phone and should be submitted no later than four days before the event. If received in time, it will be published one or two days before the event. Announcements are also available to view at www.harlandaily.com. For ...

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Kentucky State Park GeoTour starts Sept. 27

FRANKFORT – The famous Kentucky explorer Daniel Boone was asked if he had ever gotten lost in the wilderness.Boone reportedly replied, “I can’t say I was ever lost, but I was once bewildered for about three days.”The Kentucky State Parks invite you to summon your inner Daniel Boone and take part in the Kentucky State Parks GeoTour at all 49 state parks starting Sept. 27, National Public Lands Day.You can get “lost” at a Kent...

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Probation revoked on 10-year sentence for drug charges

A man lost his chance of staying out of jail on drug charges when his probation was revoked in Harlan County Circuit Court on Thursday.Raymond Moses, 34, of Harlan, appeared in front of Harlan Circiut Judge Henry Johnson with his attorney Laura Karem defending him against the state’s motion to revoke his probation.Commonwealth’s Attorney Parker Boggs called Harlan County Drug Court Coordinator Joe Bill Baker to the stand to explain the circumstances surroundi...

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Rollover wreck injures 3

A total of seven people were involved in a two-vehicle collision Thursday on U.S. 119.Three were transported for medical treatment, two by AirEvac.Kentucky State Police Public Affairs Officer Shane Jacobs reported at the scene of the collision that “at 1:13 p.m. Post 10 Harlan received a call of a two-vehicle collision on U.S. 119 in the Molus Community of Harlan County.”Preliminary investigation in the case indicates that a green Oldsmobile operat...

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Haunted trail aims for high spirits at off road festival

Typical autumn activities include hayrides, pumpkin patches and spending time outdoors in the cool weather. Wilderness Trail Off-Road Park has a returning fall-favorite with their annual Haunted Trail on Sept. 27.The Coal Country Off-Road Festival has a packed three-day lineup that includes things to quench all outdoorsy appetites.On Sept. 26, the day will include an afternoon mud drag and inflatables for children. Other than the Haunted Trail, Sept. 27 will include a co...

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Pain a constant in NFL, both on the field and off

For those out there among you still more interested in football games than, say, the socio-political impact of the various psychopathologies of football players, I say, “Welcome!” Set a spell! Really, I wish we could all escape it, but alas…The Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson situations, while quite different circumstances, are really basically the same. They both come down to understanding how a man should act. Even on the football field with other guys, it’s ...

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Board sets tax rates

The Harlan County Board of Education has formally adopted tax rates and a working budget for the 2014-15 school year.The board approved the two major fiscal measures during their regular monthly meeting Tuesday. Because the tax levy on real estate and tangible property amounted to a 4 percent increase, a brief public hearing was held prior to the main board meeting at which there was no public comment.The tax rate on motor vehicles has remained the same for at least the ...

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State unemployment rate falls in

FRANKFORT — Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for August 2014 dropped to 7.1 percent from a revised 7.4 percent in July 2014, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.The preliminary August 2014 jobless rate was 1.3 percentage points below the 8.4 percent rate recorded for the state in August 2013.The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate slipped ...

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‘Shop with a Trooper Campaign’ scheduled

Kentucky State Police Post 10 in Harlan “Shop with a Trooper Campaign” is scheduled in December.“Shop with a Trooper” consists of Post 10 troopers getting the honor to take local children from the Post 10 coverage area, which consist of Harlan, Bell and Knox counties, Christmas shopping.This program is aimed to benefit underprivileged children in our community that may have never had a Christmas or family struggles may prevent them from having a C...

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Much more good than bad for Kentucky

In this edition of “The Good, The Bad & The Ugly,” we break down the Cats’ 36-30 triple-overtime loss to Florida from top to bottom.THE GOOD

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News in Brief

I-75 lane closures set for next weekMANCHESTER – Beginning Sept. 23, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to restrict the northbound traffic to one lane on Interstate 75 at the Laurel/Whitley line (mile point 27.9).Southbound traffic will be restricted to one lane on Interstate 75 at the Laurel/Whitley line (mile point 27.9) on Sept. 24.The lane restrictions will allow crews to perform a detailed inspection of the bridge structure. ...

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Obama must lead the way against ISIS

President Barack Obama stepped before prime-time cameras at the White House on the eve of 9/11 to address a fearful America. During roughly 15 minutes of his address, a four-pronged plan was laid out to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the terrorist organization ISIS.For those listening and watching closely, reluctance could be felt between the lines of the president’s speech as he committed new military action in the area he so desperately wants to exit....

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A longtime dream becomes reality

I’ve carried a dream in my heart for decades of going to Scotland. I had thought about it and talked about it so much through the years that I got sick of hearing myself and I know others probably had written it off as talk without action.How in the world could I ever afford a trip to Scotland, much less to Scotland, Ireland, England and Wales? Over the years I had tried to write books that might make enough money to pay for the trip. I had tried to sell my photography. I had...

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Grand jury adds charges to Fort Knox contractor

LOUISVILLE (AP) — A federal grand jury has added charges against a former federal military contractor accused of writing a federal contract and creating a job with a private company at Fort Knox that ultimately worked to his financial benefit.Prosecutors say 67-year-old Gary T. Meredith of Leitchfield orchestrated Nolin Rural Electric Cooperative’s overbilling the Army in the amount of $423,523 in unapproved projects. Grand jurors also charged Meredith with fraudulently...

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State improves in highway condition, cost-effectiveness rankings

LOS ANGELES — Kentucky ranks 10th in the nation in overall highway performance and cost-effectiveness in the latest Annual Highway Report by Reason Foundation.This is a large improvement over 2011 when Kentucky ranked 26th.Kentucky’s highways rank 45th in fatality rate, 42nd in the percentage of deficient bridges, 22nd in rural Interstate pavement condition, 14th in urban Interstate pavement condition and 25th in urban interstate congestion.On spen...

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A walk in their shoes

I’m a CEO with a GED, and I have walked in the shoes of a minimum wage worker. I know from experience that it’s a tougher road today.The minimum wage buys fewer necessities now than it did when I needed it to survive. And as a successful capitalist, it pains me to see that the American dream, which so inspired me, is increasingly out of reach.As a young boy, I knew all too well the despair of empty pockets. I learned to be resourceful, making money by selling...

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