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Hale helps Jackets break out of slump with two-hitter

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Brandon Hale was a one-man slump buster for the visiting Middlesboro Yellow Jackets on Wednesday in a 14-0 rout of Harlan.The junior pitcher/first baseman tossed a two-hitter with eight strikeouts and no walks in the five-inning, supplying more than enough offense by himself with two doubles and two singles in a six-RBI performance.“He had a heck of a day at the plate,” Middlesboro coach John Smith said. “We have been struggling all year, and nobody is worried about Middlesboro now. We’re kicking it all over the field and letting teams stay in it that shouldn’t. We stayed back a little better today on the off-speed stuff and hit it hard. I hope we’re moving in the right direction.


Fast start not enough to stop Harlan’s skid

A four-run first inning got Harlan off to a great start Tuesday, but Cumberland Gap took over from there and pulled away for a 10-4 victory.Madison Noe and Anna Karst opened the game with singles and both scored on Madison Brewer’s double. Jourdan Ledford followed with an RBI single. Shanae Thomas also had an RBI.The Harlan offense was led by Noe with two hits. Karst, Brewer and Ledford each added one hit.Noe suffered the loss on the mound as she gave up...

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Cumberland council tables financial report

A Cumberland City Council member wanted answers concerning the city’s finances during the panel’s recent meeting.Council member Yvonne Gilliam asked why a change in the bookkeeping method approved by council in March had not been done.“We’ve got a transfer… into the payroll account that we shouldn’t even have,” said Gilliam.Council voted to discontinue the payroll account at the March regular meeting. Mayor Carolyn Ell...

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Evarts will see KY 38 paved through city

During a meeting of the Evarts City Council on Tuesday, council members were told confirmation has been received that KY 38, through the city, will be resurfaced before Oct. 15.“Last year I told council Rep. Rick Nelson told me he was going to try and get KY 38 paved through the city — never happened,” said Mayor Eddie Manning. “To my understanding something happened and they went over budget on another project, but he did call me about two weeks ago and sai...

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Essay nets student, grandma local, top state awards

Angel Wynn’s assignment from fifth grade teacher Beth Howard at Black Mountain Elementary School was to write an essay on “Why my Grandparent should be the AARP Kentucky Grandparent of the Year.”Some 300 words later and advancement through the judging process, Wynn has won several awards and now awaits a presentation in Louisville where she and her grandmother will be honored.

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Fire destroys home at Totz

A fire in the Totz community early Wednesday morning destroyed the home of Glen Curry located on KY 522.A Putney Volunteer Fire Department official said his department was paged out at 8:30 a.m. He said the residence, located at 11607 Highway 522, was fully engulfed upon their arrival.It was reported that the homeowners were not at home during the fire and the cause of the fire has not yet been determined.A fire official reported that Curry said he had built t...

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Trial lawyer is a hero

“I need a hero. I’m holding out for a hero ‘til the end of the night.He’s gotta be strongAnd he’s gotta be fastAnd he’s gotta be fresh from the fight” — Jim SteinmanOne of the great moments of my life was sitting next to legendary Louisville attorney Frank Haddad at a luncheon when he found that he had received the first Peter Perlman Outstanding Trial Lawyer award f...

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Road-spending plan passes state legislature

FRANKFORT (AP) — Kentucky House and Senate lawmakers agreed Tuesday to a $4.1 billion road-spending plan on the Legislature’s final day, avoiding an expensive special session.The plan includes $5.2 billion worth of projects throughout the state. But as much as 25 percent of that money will not be spent. Lawmakers said they like to include a cushion in case some projects are delayed because of environmental concerns or problems acquiring land.

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HCHS students participate in PRIDE cleanup

Approximately 10 students from the Harlan County High School 21st Century program participated in a PRIDE Club cleanup at the school in late March.Students worked together to pick up trash from around the Coal Miners Memorial Stadium football/track complex.A larger school-wide cleanup is planned Friday.The 21st Century program offers numerous activities for HCHS students, including tutoring and credit recovery, as well as classes in music, web design, writing,...

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The unexpected — a great teacher

The unexpected things we receive in life are always the best.I am mindful that this statement can be made for all things good, but the unwanted unexpected things that are unwelcome do not fit into the ‘always best’ category.Recently I spoke at Encounter Community Church. Encounter is a new church plant in Ownesboro-Daviess County. Their intent is lead people to an encounter with Jesus Christ.On Saturday, the University of Kentucky played Wisconsin ...

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Boil-water advisory issued

Due to a line break, Cawood Water District has issued a boil-water advisory for all customers on KY 2425 at Catrons Creek until further notice.

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US-Israel ties

Even before its establishment, the State of Israel had a special relationship with the U.S. - and for good reason. On an ideological level, Israel is a country that reflects America’s founding spirit. Similar to the founding fathers of America, who were primarily Protestants escaping religious persecution, Zionists of all stripes were motivated by the need, particularly after the Holocaust, to empower the Jewish people with national self-determination as a means of escaping endemic anti...

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Mobile home issue tabled again at Loyall

Whether to allow mobile homes in the city limits of Loyall highlighted a meeting of the Loyall City Council on Monday.Councilman Elvin Smith requested the issue be brought back to the table for discussion and a decision made.“We’ve left this issue in limbo and I’d like to know what we’re going to do about it,” said Smith.Councilwoman Trenna Cornett said she has been approached by several people in the past few weeks about this iss...

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Daily Bible Thought — April 16

God’s arms are always open to welcome anyone home.You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.— Galatians 3:26

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Today in History — April 16

By the Associated Press Today is Wednesday, April 16, the 106th day of 2014. There are 259 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On April 16, 1964, The Rolling Stones’ first album, eponymously titled “The Rolling Stones,” was released in the United Kingdom by Decca Records (a slightly different version debuted in the United States a month and a-half later).On this da...

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HIDTA official addresses Pineville council

By Anthony Cloudacloud@civitasmedia.comHIDTA Training Coordinator Micky Hatmaker, along with Roy Pace, addressed the Pineville City Council during the regular council meeting on Monday. Hatmaker spoke to the council about the national High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTAS) program to see if they were interested in making a commitment to be in a new Cumberland River Drug Task Force.To be involved in the task force, Pineville would have to designate or h...

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Lady Skins knock off Clay, MiddlesboroThe Cumberland Lady Skins extended their winning streak to six with wins at Clay County on Friday and over Middlesboro on Saturday at home.Clay County had been undefeated and had only allowed five runs this season prior to Cumberlands 8-3 victory over the Lady Tigers. Kacie Russell had another strong performance on the mound, going six innings and allowing three runs on four hits with one strikeout and two walks.The Lady S...

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Little League schedules, rosters

Harlan Little LeagueDon’s A’sCoach Keith BrewerJonathan Blevins, Caleb Brewer, Tristan Cooper, Michael Creech, Breydy Daniels, Eddie Harmon, Jay Harris, Samuel Henson, Andrew Hoskins, Jeremiah Mills, Riley Murphy, Gavin Powers and Dillon Cornett.Fuelco YankeesCoach Rod SergentMatt Brown, Jacob Brown, Shane Hagle, Bryce Helton, Layne Jones, Gabriel Powers, Isiah Hall, Kanyan Hall, Matt Jones, Carson Murray, Takota Ha...

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