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Airport receives $80,000 environmental study grant

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The Tucker-Guthrie Airport in Harlan is the recipient of an $80,000 Federal Aviation Administration grant awarded for improvements at the airport from the U.S. Department of Transportation.The grant will support an environmental study for future acquisition of property to expand the runway said Harlan Airport Board chairman Mark Miracle.“This study will check to see what the environmental impact will be on protected species that might be in the area,” said Miracle. “They study water runoff and things such as that also.”


Longtime circuit court clerk dies

Longtime circuit court clerk Paul Williams, who spent decades at his elected position and was a fixture in the circuit court clerk’s office for nearly 40 years, passed away on Friday.Ken Moody, a longtime friend, served as a pallbearer at a service for Williams on Monday.“Paul Williams has helped so many people in Harlan,” said Moody. “He and I have been friends for 60 years.”Moody mentioned he and his wife, Bettye, would often sp...

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HCHS runners take third in Danville meet

The Harlan County cross country team continued its strong start as both the boys and girls placed third in the E.G. Plummer Invitational on Saturday in Danville.“I’m very proud of my kids today in a big meet,” Harlan County coach Ryan Vitatoe said. “Any time you can come north and compete, it’s a good day. With both teams finishing in the top three, I like the direction we are heading.”Boyle County won the boys race with 31 points, fol...

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Rosspoint is 2nd school burglarized in a week

Kentucky State Police are investigating a burglary at a local elementary school.According to a press release, on Monday at 6 a.m. Kentucky State Police, Post 10 Harlan received a call from the principal at Rosspoint Elementary School about the school being broken into.Trooper Kenny Sergent began an investigation.Preliminary investigation indicates two people, wearing hoodies and masks, entered into the school through a class door at 12:30 a.m. Monday....

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Minnesota couple ‘rescues’ Harlan dogs

Seeing the end results of the Harlan County Animal Shelter’s Dog Rescue Program, Kristene and Joe Gafkjen, of Princeton, Minn., visited Harlan County recently with two dogs they adopted through the program.“We wanted to visit Harlan County and meet the people who made it possible for us to adopt two beautiful dogs into our home as part of our family,” said Kristene. “This is a wonderful program.”Samuel, a German shepherd, and Reese, a rat te...

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State confronted with ‘real and present danger’

Calling the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed new clean-air regulations “illegal” and a “real and present danger,” the attorneys general of Kentucky and West Virginia have locked arms with several of their counterparts in other states in the form of a lawsuit to stop Washington’s assault on coal.The possibility of what remains of Kentucky’s coal industry and economy fizzling out like wind turbines on calm and hazy summer days is to...

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Both parties in Congress play it safe

Seven weeks before the elections, Republicans and Democrats are both playing it safe, willing to make short-term sacrifices of long-held positions in hopes of maximizing their chances for victory at the polls.That means that House Republicans who recently voted to sue President Barack Obama for what they say is his failure to obey the Constitution seem likely to hand him new war powers to combat militants seeking an Islamic state.At the same time, legislation seems on tr...

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Senate challenger eyeing 2015 governor’s race

FRANKFORT (AP) — A bruising primary challenge to Sen. Mitch McConnell left Matt Bevin with two things: A loss at the ballot box and $5 million worth of name recognition.Now the Louisville businessman is hoping to cash in some of that political legwork in another high profile race: Kentucky governor.“I have not ruled it out. If anything, it is more likely,” Bevin, 47, said of running for governor in 2015. “People appreciated the values we were repr...

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Zipline plans Halloween-themed anniversary celebration

The Black Mountain Thunder Zipline will celebrate its third anniversary with Halloween-themed events over two weekends.Members of the Harlan County Outdoor Recreation Board Authority decided to hold the events to mark the anniversary during their recent monthly meeting.Special events will be held on two Saturdays, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1. Included will be discounts for persons who wear Halloween costumes and candy will be given away to children at stops along the line....

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Fla.’s ‘Gray Belt’ a glimpse at nation’s future

INVERNESS, Fla. (AP) — A billboard at the county line advertises home health care services. Local churches try to create a feeling of belonging for elderly members who may be disconnected from family up north. Lawyers and accountants make house calls like doctors. Elderly residents get ferried to stores by a fleet of county minivans.Welcome to Citrus County, Florida, where more than a third of residents are senior citizens, one of the highest rates in the nation.Th...

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Muschamp feels no relief after victory

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Drenched in sweat and flush from screaming, coach Will Muschamp celebrated Florida’s latest victory against Kentucky about like any other.He hugged players, high-fived fans and walked across Florida Field with his wife.“I don’t really feel relief after games,” Muschamp said.He may have been the only one wearing orange and blue who didn’t sense a huge weight lifted Saturday night after a triple-overti...

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Gamers use police hoax to lash out at opponents

DENVER (AP) — The calls to 911 raised an instant alarm: One caller said he shot his co-workers at a Colorado video game company and had hostages. Another in Florida said her father was drunk, wielding a machine gun and threatening their family.A third caller on New York’s Long Island claimed to have killed his mother and threatened to shoot first responders.In each case, SWAT teams dispatched to the scene found no violent criminals or wounded victims — ...

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Beshear signs bills supporting law enforcement

WINCHESTER – Governor Steve Beshear today ceremonially signed four bills that support law enforcement in the Commonwealth.“Protecting our citizens is one of government’s most basic and crucial responsibilities, and I’m proud that we are able to provide additional support to the men and women who risk their lives daily to provide us with that safety and security.”Gov. Beshear signed the following bills:

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County teams fare well in Play Day

It was a good day for Harlan County teams Saturday in the Lady Bears Play Day at HCHS.Harlan County teams won three of four games in seventh- and eighth-grade competition and three of five in fifth- and sixth-grade games.Three Lady Comets reached double figures as Cawood downed Whitesburg 37-10. Breann Turner led the Lady Comets with 12 points. Reanna Middleton and K.K. Johnson added 11 and 10 points, respectively.Morgan Blakley scored 12 and Dixie Ewing added...

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A weak Obama has put the US, others in danger

When a leader projects weakness, an enemy will prey upon that weakness.Weakness is what we have seen in President Barack Obama.Whether it was the apology tour he went on after first elected president, or when he stated 16 times that if Syria crossed “a red line” there would be consequences or withdrawing troops too soon from Iraq so the enemy could simply wait us out, this president has projected weakness on every level on the national and international scene...

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The importance of staying hydrated

Did you know that more than half of your body weight is water? Our bodies cannot make enough water to survive. In fact, human beings can only live three to four days without water. Adults usually need to drink at least six to eight cups of water or fluid each day. The amount needed depends upon body size, level of physical activity, age, health and the climate.The human body needs water for many important reasons. Blood is 83 percent water and is needed for all body functions. Wate...

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Silver receives community service award

Roy Silver, a longtime professor of sociology at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, has been honored as a recipient of the Helen Lewis Community Service Award from the Appalachian Studies Association.Silver was chosen for the award by members of the association’s committee. Recipients of the award are those whose work has influenced the field of Appalachian Studies as well as someone who is influential in community participation; who challenges traditional pe...

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Chamber plans Awards Gala Nov. 20

Items ranging from the annual Awards Gala to choosing a theme for the 2014 Harlan County Christmas Parade were discussed Wednesday during the September meeting of the Harlan County Chamber of Commerce.Chamber Director Aimee Blanton said nominations for this year’s Awards Gala, set for Nov. 20, are being accepted through the organization’s website at www.harlancountychamber.comAwards will be presented this year for Healthcare Provider of the Year, Educator of ...

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