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Marion Adams recalls the aftermath of D-Day

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Marion Adams, 91, a retired farmer from Newton Township, Ohio, says of June 6, 1944, “I try to forget it. No one has a right to know. They wouldn’t believe it anyway.”Those of us who watched PBS on Memorial Day of this year don’t need a description: we saw the horrors of Normandy in black-and-white on our televisions.Adams was aboard LST 491 as a U.S. Navy radio operator on D Day. In response to the question, “Why did you live when so many died?” he said, “The whole thing has to do with fate, not faith, but fate. Every person has a god within himself or herself. Things happen that the individual has nothing to do with.” Adams was to learn later how very true that is.


Oplingers celebrate 50th anniversary

The Rev. Ron and Mrs. Mitzi Eads Oplinger will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary July 15. Now residing in Partridge, the couple is originally from Pathfork. Mitzi is the daughter of the late Rev. George and Virginia Daniels Eads. Ron is the son of the late Lomas and Shirley Hensley Oplinger.Rev. Oplinger has served as pastor of Lewis Creek Pentecostal Church in Partridge for the past 33 years. Prior to pastoring at Lewis Creek, he pastored Dry Fork Holiness Church in Leslie ...

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Scarlett’s struggles

While most children her age are enjoying the summer by taking vacations with their families, spending time at the park and library or just hanging out around the house, Scarlett Burciaga has spent her summer break having surgery — again. And unfortunately, this surgery won’t be her last.At a mere age 8, Burciaga has been through more surgeries than most adults — including 13 surgeries the first year of her life. Her first set of surgeries took p...

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College degrees on the rise in Kentucky

A preliminary report released by Kentucky’s Council on Postsecondary Education estimates college degrees and advanced education credentials earned at public and private colleges and universities are on the rise.This is good news for the state, suggesting an increased understanding by Kentuckians of the importance of higher education not only for themselves, but for our communities, too.The report released by the council June 20 estimates nearly 63,150 degrees and c...

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State coal group sues TVA over Paradise plant

LOUISVILLE (AP) — A group of landowners and a Kentucky coal industry group want a federal judge to halt plans to shut down two coal-fired units at a Tennessee Valley Authority power plant that is switching to natural gas.The Kentucky Coal Association argued in a lawsuit filed Thursday that the TVA did not follow proper federal procedure and its own rules in deciding to close the units at the Paradise Fossil Plant in western Kentucky. The TVA announced last yea...

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State ends fiscal year with $90 million shortfall

FRANKFORT (AP) — Kentuckians are buying more stuff, they just aren’t paying as much in taxes.That’s why the state ended the 2014 fiscal year on June 30 with a $90 million shortfall in its general fund.Sales taxes — the extra 6 percent consumers pay on their purchases — were up $109 million, the largest increase of any state funding source.But the state’s largest revenue source — individual income taxes — grew les...

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Tobacco firms Reynolds, Lorillard in merger talks

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Cigarette makers Reynolds American Inc. and Lorillard Inc. on Friday said they are in talks of a possible merger that would combine two of the nation’s oldest and biggest tobacco companies.The announcement follows media reports over the past few months about the possible combination that would create a formidable No. 2 to rival Altria Group Inc., owner of Philip Morris USA, and could spur a wave of consolidation in the tobacco busine...

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Grant to promote cancer screenings

LEXINGTON (AP) Kentucky’s fight against cancer has gotten a boost from a $3.75 million grant awarded to the University of Kentucky Rural Cancer Prevention Center.The grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will promote colorectal cancer screening in central Appalachia, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.Kentucky has the nation’s highest rates of cancer incidence and death, and more people from Appalachian Kentucky die from colorectal cance...

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Beetles blamed for wiping out ash trees

LOUISVILLE (AP) — An infestation of small green beetles has started taking a toll on ash trees in Kentucky.From Lexington to Louisville and north to Cincinnati, ash trees are being wiped out from rural landscapes, parks, subdivisions and urban corridors, according to The Courier-Journal.The culprit is the emerald ash borer.The Asian invader arrived in Kentucky a few years ago from the north where the beetles killed more than 25 million tr...

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Conway backs expanded gambling to create revenue

LOUISVILLE (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Conway said Thursday he is willing to campaign for expanded gambling as a way to raise revenue for essential state programs, and hasn’t given up on getting the long-stymied proposal through Kentucky’s General Assembly.Conway, the state’s attorney general, pointed to preschools and post-secondary education as two potential beneficiaries of revenue generated by legalizing casino-style ga...

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News in Brief

Panel to hire more staff to review child deaths FRANKFORT (AP) — A volunteer panel reviewing the deaths and near-deaths of abused or neglected children in Kentucky is planning to hire additional staff to analyze hundreds of social worker case files.The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that the Child Fatality and Near Fatality External Review Panel hopes to hire a lawyer by August and additional staff by fall.The panel was appropriate...

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Boil-water advisory issued

The city of Evarts water system has issued a boil-water advisory for the Jones’ Creek and Verda area on KY 1601 until further notice. For more information, contact Woodrow E. Fields, chief water plant operator, at 606-837-3232.

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Harlan County Safety Days slated July 22-24

Harlan County Safety Days, Mine Rescue Competition will be held from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 22-24 on the Cumberland campus at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College.Twenty mine rescue teams from Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Illinois and New Mexico will put their skills to the test.Over the last three years, this contest has injected $160,000 into the local economy.The Harlan County Safety Days Awards Banquet will be held...

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HCHS Summer Adventure 2014

Several Harlan County High School students and teacher Mike Hensley were led on a tour of the University of the Cumberlands campus as part of the Harlan County Summer Adventure 2014 program sponsored by the HCHS 21st Century program. Students also toured Union College and Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College.Tami Brock led her English class in a discussion during the 21st Century summer program at Harlan County High School in June. Classes were held in both English an...

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Daily Bible Thought

Feeding your faith helps starve your fears.There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. — 1 John 4:18

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Today in History — July 11

By the Associated PressToday is Friday, July 11, the 192nd day of 2014. There are 173 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On July 11, 1914, Babe Ruth made his Major League baseball debut, pitching the Boston Red Sox to a 4-3 victory over Cleveland.On this date:In 1767, John Quincy Adams, the sixth president of the United States, was born in Braintree, Massachusetts....

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Saylor comes through as Harlan All-Stars stay alive

Short on pitching after a hard-fought loss to North Laurel on Wednesday, the Harlan County All-Stars needed a big game from Andrew Saylor on Thursday against South London.Saylor delivered with a complete game, scattering six hits as Harlan County advanced to a rematch against North Laurel with a 7-1 win over South London.“We needed him to throw strikes and let his defense work. He did exactly what we asked,” Harlan County coach Bob Rutherford said....

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North scores 3 in last at bat to edge Harlan County Stars

CORBIN — A seven-run sixth inning gave Harlan County the lead in a hard-fought District 4 Senior League showdown that started Tuesday and ended Wednesday.A three-run seventh inning gave North Laurel the win and put the London team in the driver’s seat for the championship and a trip to the state tournament.North Laurel led 2-1 in the fourth inning when rain stopped play Tuesday. North extended its advantage to 6-1 before the Harlan County offense came alive i...

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