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Loyall plans to purchase fire truck

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The city of Loyall may finally be getting a new fire truck.A resolution authorizing Mayor Clarence Longworth or Treasurer Mandy Longworth to enter into a loan agreement with the Kentucky Fire Commission (KFC) to purchase a fire truck was signed by the mayor at a special called meeting of the Loyall City Council on Tuesday.A low-interest loan program is available for any volunteer fire department that meets the training requirements and is in good standing to receive state aid as per KRS 95A. The department must have received state aid for the past three consecutive years, and cannot obtain a loan from a conventional financial institution at the rate of 3 percent per annum.


Car crash sends 1 to jail

A two-vehicle crash sent one to jail and two others to the hospital on Thursday.Joshua Hiestand, 25, of Evarts, was arrested by Harlan City Police Officer Branden Watts at approximately 8:45 a.m. at the scene.“I responded to a two-vehicle collision on KY 38 just past the entrance to the school,” said Watts. “There was a black Chevrolet Cobalt driven by Sandra Skidmore, of Harlan, and a red Ford Ranger driven by Joshua Hiestand.”Watts sa...

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Harlan Little League meeting set for SundayOfficer elections for the Harlan Little League will be held Sunday at Huff Park starting at 7 p.m.Anyone wishing to serve on the board of directors is encouraged to attend.For more information, call Silas Whitehead at 837-9883 or 273-2527.Pairings set for county tourneyThe seventh- and eighth-grade county tournament will open Saturday at James A. Cawood Elementar...

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Laid-off miner turns to policing

When Branden Watts got laid off from the coal mines in Harlan County, he didn’t give up and he didn’t leave his hometown. A different career came along for Watts, which turned out to be policing.Watts said policing is something he always wanted to do, but when he saw the “big money” coal was offering, he took that route.“I always kept being a police officer in the back of my mind if I lost my job as a coal miner,” Watts said. “As...

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Ghosts and ghouls

Nola Sizemore | Daily EnterpriseEvarts resident and businessman Darrin Middleton (inset photo) stands beside a life-sized Dracula on his porch on Harlan Street. Middleton decorates his home on Harlan Street each year with inflatables, like the inflatable train with a skeleton engineer hauling a casket with a skeleton rising in and out of the coffin. He said the children really enjoy the props when they trick-or-treat for Halloween.

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Analytic algorithm versus scrambled egghead

Microsoft has done some very interesting things in the world, but somehow their interaction with professional football had always escaped my notice.This week a publication known as Business Insider (one of those internet blogosphere goblins, I suppose) had a story about how an “engine” called Microsoft Cortana (a software program/phone application) “has been on fire” by predicting 65 percent of NFL games correctly so far this season.After doing ca...

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‘SOAR’ above local politics, Arnett urges

Jared Arnett of Harold was recently selected as the first executive director of the Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) initiative.Arnett, who has been the CEO of the Southeast Kentucky (SEKY) Chamber of Commerce, was named to the position by SOAR co-chairs Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers. They cited Arnett’s passion for the future of eastern Kentucky, energy, vision and entrepreneurial business skills as key factors in his hire.“I believe the b...

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Lexington chef visits Harlan Depot

As part of a National Institute of Health grant, Lexington Chef J.C. Clark visited the Harlan County Extension Depot on Wednesday along with Dr. Lisa Gaetke, professor at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition.Clark presented a program on grilling using healthy options to approximately 30 who attended the event hosted by the Harlan County Extension Service. He told the group eating more vegetables and leaner meats does promote...

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A mystery right under our feet

With the recent discovery of a tunnel network under Gaza, it is hard not to question how they could possibly have successfully built this billion dollar network and gone undetected for so long. Patience, persistence, and depth must be part of the explanation.There are now reports of unexplained “booms” underneath the ground in Israel. Why they didn’t report them or check them out at the time is a mystery. But perhaps, just as here in the United States, someone off...

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Lynch adds 6 to Walk of Legends

It was a day to remember in Lynch on Saturday.The town held its 19th annual Coal Miner Appreciation Day at the Lynch Train Depot. Citizens filled the building, sharing old memories while in the process of making new ones.Former Lynch resident Dr. William H. “Bill’’ Turner was the guest speaker for the event, and was a lively and entertaining orator.Turner is a lifelong educator, former interim president of Kentucky State University and admini...

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Vocational Rehabilitation seeks public input

FRANKFORT – The Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) has scheduled visioning forums to give individuals with disabilities, advocates and other interested individuals an opportunity to provide feedback on the services OVR provides to Kentuckians with disabilities Nov. 20 at four locations.Input from the visioning forums will be used to help develop the state plan for vocational rehabilitation services that the agency is required to submit to the Rehabilitation Se...

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Funding announced for rural broadband, telecommunications

WASHINGTON – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced $190.5 million in grants and loans to make broadband and other advanced communications infrastructure improvements in rural areas.“Modern telecommunications and broadband access is now as essential to the businesses and residents of rural America as electricity was in the 1930s,” Vilsack said. “USDA is committed to ensuring that rural Americans have robust broadband and telecommunications systems. ...

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Social Security announces benefit increase for 2015

Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 64 million Americans will increase 1.7 percent in 2015, the Social Security Administration has announced.The 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits that more than 58 million Social Security beneficiaries receive in January 2015. Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on Dec. 31, 2014. The Social Security Act ties the annual COLA to the in...

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Candidate reception scheduled

As Harlan County works to diversify its local economy, community and educational groups are increasingly becoming more active in ensuring that the decline in the coal industry will not gravely impact the area’s sustainability.A most recent teaming up of the grassroots group Kentuckians For The Commonwealth and Appalachian State University has generated a series of public forums in eastern Kentucky that has tackled this issue and generated dialogue concerning the future after ...

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Boil-water advisory lifted

Cawood Water District has lifted the boil-water advisory for Pathfork.

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Now’s the time for drivers to be aware of deer

Deer do not outnumber humans in Kentucky, but it might seem that way on our highways every fall when whitetails begin breeding. The romantic season puts the estimated 1 million Kentucky deer on the move, especially at dawn and dusk, and they more likely at this time of the year to run into the path of motorists. The peak of the breeding season occurs in November, which coincides with the state’s deer season for hunters with modern guns.It is a good time to remind drivers to w...

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Balanced plan is needed

On Aug. 12 of this year, there was an editorial in the Charleston Gazette concerning, what else, coal. The headline stated that pro-coal forces live in a fantasy world. His conclusion is that coal was, and is, the ultimate cause in the climate change we supposedly see going on around us. Mr. Grant (is it Dr.?) was not completely wrong in some of his assessments, but like many of us when subjects of controversy and personal passion arise, he speaks largely in absolutes and unproven assumptions...

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Perspective: On a learning curve

Some of our national news media and some politicians have sensationalized Ebola. Is that reasonable? We cannot know the future. Ebola may eventually become the Halloween trick of the century, but right now it is not.

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