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Resident wants ‘bad’ road closed in Evarts

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Asking that Giona Town Road be closed, Nolan Street resident Bobbie Short attended a meeting of the Evarts City Council on Tuesday.Citing ATVs, drug dealers and people dumping trash in the area as reasons for her request, Short said the street had been closed off in the past for a number of years.


Dr. Harold Pease Columnist

Many may not realize that Congress had prayer today before they deliberated. In a typical workweek, Monday through Friday, prayer is said every morning in the U. S. Senate and in the U. S. House of Representatives. Each House invites and pays a Christian minister to pray each day for a week that they are in session.Ministers apply for this privilege and they come from every sector of the country. This has been so since the 1st Congress in 1789 some 225 years ago and will continue a...

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State must reassess marijuana policies

In July, Washington became the second state where marijuana could be purchased legally for recreational use.Folks have been buying pot legally in Colorado since the first of the year, and Reuters reported in April the state expects recreational sales to generate $98 million in revenue this year.Earlier this month, the District of Columbia Board of Elections voted to put a recreational use initiative on the ballot in November. Alaskans will also be voting on the issue thi...

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Family Dollar rejects Dollar General offer

MATTHEWS, N.C. (AP) — Family Dollar is rebuffing Dollar General’s takeover bid, citing antitrust issues. The discounter’s board supports its existing merger with Dollar Tree.Family Dollar Stores Inc. Chairman and CEO Howard Levine said in a statement Thursday that its board and advisers reviewed Dollar General Corp.’s offer and determined it wasn’t reasonably likely to be completed on the terms proposed.Dollar General declined to comment....

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Moving rural America forward

In January, President Obama declared that despite Congressional logjams, “America does not stand still — and neither will I. So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for American families, that’s what I’m going to do.”

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Today in History

By the Associated PressToday is Thursday, August 21, the 233th day of 2014. There are 132 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On August 21, 1944, the United States, Britain, the Soviet Union and China opened talks at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington that helped pave the way for establishment of the United Nations. (The talks concluded on October 7.)On this date:In 1614, T...

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A new start - grid season opens Friday

A new high school football season begins Friday and both the Leslie County Eagles and Harlan Green Dragons are determined to quickly put the disappointment of 2013 behind them with a strong performance they hope will set the tone for a better 2014.“You’d like to start off well, especially with a young team like we are,” Harlan coach J.B. Donahue said. “That would build a lot of momentum for us. We hope to get started on a positive note before we have a littl...

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What’s Goin’ On

To place an announcement 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 should be submitted no later than four days before the event. If information is received in time, it will be published one or two days before the event. Announcements will not be accep...

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Season kicks off for Dragons, Bears

Are you ready for some Kentucky high school football?If you answered yes, this is your lucky weekend, as both Harlan County teams kick off their seasons.First out of the gate are the Harlan High School Green Dragons, who open the season Friday night on the road against Leslie County.The Green Dragons are looking to rebound from last season’s 2-9 campaign. While improving record-wise will be a tough task for a team dominated by underclassmen, coach J.B. D...

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Robbery case arrests up to 4

Kentucky State Police Det. Craig Miller obtained an indictment warrant for another person in connection with an alleged robbery that resulted in one man being shot and seriously injured.Erica Bryant, 23, of Lejunior, was arrested by Trooper Danny Caudill on Tuesday on the warrant.Three men, Cletus Robbins, 58, Arbin Shepherd, 58, of Mary Alice, and Carl Eddy Collins, 50, of Harlan, were previously arrested in connection with the same alleged incident.According...

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Boil-water advisories issued

• Due to a main line break, Cawood Water District has issued a boil-water advisory for Mary Alice to the end of the line.• A boil-water advisory has been issued for the Jones’ Creek area of the city of Evarts water system until further notice. For more information, contact the Evarts Water Plant at 606-837-3232.• Due to a main line break, Black Mountain Utility District has issued a boil-water advisory for all Wallins and Coldiron. Bring water to ...

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Bus rental spat comes as Senate candidates meet

FRANKFORT (AP) — The candidates in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race are answering questions together for the first time amid a squabble over a bus rental.Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell is accusing Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes of accepting potentially illegal campaign gifts from her father’s bus company.The Grimes campaign says it sampled rates from four companies before deciding how much to pay to rent an 11-year-old luxury bus from Jerry Lundergan̵...

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New federal mining rule survives court challenge

LOUISVILLE (AP) — New federal rules that labor officials say could save lives at dangerous mining sites have survived a court challenge from mining industry groups.The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday dismissed the lawsuit brought by the National Mining Association and other groups.The new rules, approved in January, allow federal labor officials to designate a mine as a repeat violator of safety rules without a prior warning. It also allows regulators ...

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Retired teachers group meets

The Harlan Area Retired Teachers recently met at the depot. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, the group enjoyed a delicious meal.Guest speakers were Otis “Rusty” Bailey and Jeremy Clem from the Appalachian ChalleNGe Academy. They spoke about requirements for admission and goals the academy hoped to achieve.The next meeting is scheduled for Oct. 14. Items of any type will be collected for Christ’s Hands.The Upper Cumberland (U.C.E.A.) distri...

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Back 2 School Bash held

HLT Check Exchange served over 1, 000 people companywide on Aug. 1 at their Back 2 School Bash.Customers who stopped by enjoyed free food, door prizes and school supplies. Children also had the opportunity to meet a Kentucky State Trooper.Cheryl Robinson, HLT Check Exchange manager, said “Going back to school causes a financial burden on families. We love giving back to the community, especially when it involves kids.”HLT Check Exchange’s nex...

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News in Brief

Billionaire to pay $1.5M fine for Kentucky minesLOUISVILLE (AP) — West Virginia billionaire Jim Justice has reached a $1.5 million settlement with Kentucky officials over dozens of reclamation violations at several of his coal mines in eastern Kentucky.The agreement between Justice and the state’s Department for Natural Resources is a reduction from the $4.5 million in outstanding penalties he owed for the violations. Kentucky officials said ...

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US stance in Iraq

Is it right to kill in order to prevent greater killing?A “yes” answer to that question was behind the atomic bomb decision that ended World War II. It is a common dilemma for those who can order troops into battle.Now President Barack Obama has authorized “targeted airstrikes” if they are needed to protect the lives of Americans in Iraq. The president also approved airdrops of food and water to religious minority groups who are trapped on an Iraq...

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Billionaire to pay $1.5M fine for state mines

LOUISVILLE (AP) — West Virginia billionaire Jim Justice has reached a $1.5 million settlement with Kentucky officials over dozens of violations at several of his coal mines in eastern Kentucky.The agreement between Justice and the state’s Department for Natural Resources is a reduction from the $4.5 million in outstanding penalties he owed for the violations, according to the settlement. Kentucky officials said the violations came from not doing post-mining reclamation ...

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