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June is adopt a cat month
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The American Humane Society designated June as Adopt a Cat Month. Friends of the Bell County Animal Shelter (FOS) are participating in this event by offering the adoption fee for cats at half price. FOS President Dinah Presnell said American Humane Society has been doing this for the past 47 years to encourage people to […] The post June is adopt...
Unofficial results for the primary election released
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The Primary Election has ended and the unofficial results are in. With more that 20,000 registered voters in Bell County, only 5,207 made it to the polls to vote in this election. This November, Rand Paul will be up against Charles Booker for U.S. Senator. Paul received 3,256 votes in the primary, while Booker received […] The post Unofficial...
Summer Reading Program returns to Pineville-Bell Co. library
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The Youth Services department at the Pineville-Bell County Public Library announced that the Summer Reading Program is returning with in-person programming; the theme is Ocean of Possibility. Youth Services Librarian Erica Overbay said during the pandemic she sent the crafts and activities out so kids could still participate. This is the first...
Low turnout makes for a slow election day
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Election Day has come and gone, and the voters slowly trickled in. Community members who volunteered to work at the Middlesboro Community Center polling place said that it was a slow day, they believed many voters participated in early voting. Voters in District 3 in the Dorchester area and District 4 in Winchester could cast […] The post Low...
Middlesboro council hears updates
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The Middlesboro City Council held a special meeting due to election night being at the regularly scheduled time. The following reports were given: • Middlesboro roads will benefit from $229,120.35 from the state’s Municipal Road Aid starting July 1, the beginning of the 2022-23 fiscal year. The money is to be used for road maintenance, […]...
Western Door returns to the Gap
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The Western Door Music Festival is returning to the Gap for its’ second year. Danny and Daniel Chumley opened the doors of Papa Chum’s Music and Rarities in 2015. Both have a passion for music and has played all their lives. Danny, Daniel’s father, said they got affiliated with the Artist Co-Op and in 2017, […] The post Western Door returns...
Taco Bell relaunches beloved Mexican Pizza. Here's how to order one today.
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Taco Bell fans have reason to celebrate Tuesday: it's the first day they can once again order the beloved Mexican Pizza.
State’s attorney hopefuls face off
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In the final installment of The Big One debates, Lisa Fugate faced off against Mike Taylor for commonwealth’s attorney. Mike Taylor has practiced law in Bell County his entire career. He said what the local prosecutor’s office isn’t working and it needs to be better. Incumbent Lisa Fugate has been in the position for two […] The post...
'I got a story for you': USA TODAY Sports' Jarrett Bell wins prestigious Bill Nunn Jr. Award
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Jarrett Bell, NFL columnist for USA TODAY Sports, has received the Bill Nunn Jr. Award, given for distinguished pro football reporting.
Dolly Parton to star in TikTok musical about Taco Bell's Mexican Pizza after menu return
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"Mexican Pizza: The Musical" will premiere on TikTok May 26 – one week after the popular menu item returns to Taco Bell's menu.
Judge Executive candidates face off
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In the fourth installment of The Big One debates, current Judge Executive Albey Brock faced off against Jeromy Killion. Brock is seeking his 5th term. Killion has been in emergency services for 20 years and is seeking office to help the citizens of Bell County. Brock said the county does an enormous amount of road […] The post Judge Executive...
Sheriff candidates gather for debate
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The debate between candidates for Bell County sheriff marks the 5th installment of The Big One events. Incumbent Mitch Williams faced off against Carl Frith and Jeremiah Johnson. Frith’s career consists of a stint with Kentucky Department of Corrections, as park ranger at Kentucky State Parks, he worked under previous sheriff Bruce Bennett and is...
Inspired by LGBTQ employees, Taco Bell debuts Drag Brunch Tour set to be across US
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Taco Bell kicked off it Drag Brunch Tour in Las Vegas and will hit four other cities from May to June: Chicago, Nashville, NYC, and Fort Lauderdale.
Middlesboro man wins $50,000
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George Vantuyle of Middlesboro, KY had a gut feeling when he recently stopped to purchase Kentucky Lottery Scratch-Off tickets.  That decision paid off big after he won $50,000 on the $2,000,000 Diamond Dazzler Scratch-off. Vantuyle stopped at Lee’s Food Mart in Middlesboro before a doctor’s appointment to buy a few tickets. “I just had a...
FOS Beastie Bast deemed a success
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This past Saturday, Friends of the Bell County Animal Shelter held their 15th annual Beastie Bash. This is the biggest fundraiser for FOS and the money raised is distributed where the shelter is in need of most. Chairman of FOS Connie Goodwin said, “It went really well, we had a couple of bidding wars on […] The post FOS Beastie Bast deemed a...
Clerk candidates gather for debate
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Bell County Clerk Debbie Gambrel faced challengers Jennifer Barnett and Lisa Senters in the third debate of the election season Thursday at the Middlesboro Community Center. All three debates have been hosted by The Big One, the first between candidates for Middlesboro mayor, the second between candidates for Bell County jailer. Gambrel is seeking...
Former coroner indicted for violating trust provision
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Former Bell county coroner and funeral home director Donald Clyde Creech was indicted on April 26 by a Franklin County grand jury on multiple felony counts. Creech, the former owner and director of Creech Funeral Home in Middlesboro, is accused in 38 counts of violating the trust provision for pre-need payments for funeral goods, a […] The post...
CCM offers free food boxes
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Cooperative Christian Ministry (CCM) partnered with God’s Pantry on Wednesday for a free drive-thru food distribution. CCM Executive Director Eric Martin said the organization handed out 144 boxes of food to Bell County residents. “It’s nonperishable items like fruits, vegetables, canned chicken and tuna,” he said. “There’s cereal,...
Joseph Letrendre Jr., 70
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Joseph Letendre Jr., age 70, of Middlesboro, Kentucky, passed away peacefully at his home on April 24, 2022. He was born in Poughkeepsie, New York on May 3, 1952 to the late Joseph and Beth Schuster Offerman Letendre. Joseph was a veteran, proudly serving his country with the United States Marine Corps. Being in the […] The post Joseph Letrendre...
Lt. governor presents checks to Bell County
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Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman presented two awards Monday to Bell County officials. Also in attendance was Sen. Johnnie Turner and State Rep. Adam Bowling. Coleman announced three different projects coming to Bell County that are a mix of Gov. Andy Beshear’s Cleaner Water Program. She said these projects will bring about $1 million to...
ROHO receives donation from fair board
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The Bell County Fair Board and Graves Insurance donated $4,500 last Thursday to the ROHO Charitable Trust. When Christmas season arrives, ROHO will take 350 kids shopping with $200 apiece plus a pair of shoes. Member Alex Cook says there will be 28 schools. Four counties and Red Bird Mission are involved in ROHO. Member […] The post ROHO receives...
Lige Cox, 72
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Lige Cox, 72, of Pineville, Kentucky, departed this life on April 20, 2022 at the Beech Tree Manor in Jellico, Tennessee. Lige was born on May 15, 1949 in Jenson, Kentucky to the late Pearl Cox and the late Ruth (Saylor) Cox. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, […] The post Lige Cox, 72 appeared first on...