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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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