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A case of measles in a young child living in the Barren River District has been confirmed, the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services announced Friday in a news release. 

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CORBIN — Dreama Gentry is a rural Appalachian. She is a first-generation college graduate, a hope dealer who works to ensure all Appalachian children have the opportunity to succeed.

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According to a new report, Kentucky ranks fifth on the Annual School Breakfast Participation Scorecard by providing 66 percent of low-income students with the breakfast and nutrition they need to be able to thrive during the school day.

CORBIN — With 17 speakers to be featured in the TEDxCorbin event on March 9 at Second and Main in Corbin, one of those speakers to be featured is Williamsburg's Alice Tremaine.

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Sadie entered a no holds barred wrestling match with her dentist Dr. Wimple, one calm and otherwise peaceful afternoon, when she walked into his office to have a tooth extracted. As it turned out, however, the contemplated extraction resulted in an unanticipated distraction for poor Dr. Wimple.

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This Valentine's Day, many singles will be swiping right hoping to find romance on dating apps or other forms of social media, but what users don't know is that they may not only find love, but end up falling for a fraudulent romance scam that could end up costing them hundreds, or thousands, of dollars.

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This week the White House further promoted the American Artificial Intelligence initiative, something alluded to in the State of the Union under the banner of investing your tax dollars into “cutting edge industries.” Even before SOTU the technology appeared top of mind in the current administration. Its 2019 budget request included AI alongside commercialization of space, the opioid epidemic, and preparing for natural disasters. The National Science Board estimated that the U.S. spends around a half-trillion annual dollars on research and development. I can’t think in terms of trillions of anything. Instead, realize that such an amount is one-fourth of what the entire world spends on R&D. Say what you will about our ranking in STEM education. We aren’t being outspent.

Students at Kit Carson Elementary School are being recognized this week for what Counselor Sara Woods said they do all year — being kind.

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We all stand on common ground when it comes to making bad choices and terrible decisions, but this does not have to be the end of our story. Missing the mark is common when we give our emotions the power to guide and lead us and we can make a mess out of things in a hurry.

After two hours of discussion between three government entities, the consensus was that more details were needed on the proposed lease on the Laughlin Health Building project.

It appears Morehead City Council will soon be annexing north, pending the completion of a land survey expected to be completed soon.

While February is National Heart Disease Awareness Month, it also brings National Organ Donor Day on Feb. 14. This is the second of a three-part series on organ transplants and organ donors featuring the impact of the Kentucky Circuit Clerk's Trust for Life program.

A local ranch seeks to sell over half its cattle after losing a 70-acre lease. Haltom Hollar Ranch specializes in Texas Longhorns, a bovine breed known for having exceptionally long horns. The business began in 2013 after springing from a hobby.

BARBOURVILLE — Attica Scott, Representative House District 41, Jefferson County, will be the featured speaker at the Knox County Democrat Woman's Club on Thursday at 6 p.m. The meeting will take place at the Union College Student Center upstairs Heritage Conference Room.

I inherited my Aunt Edie's china cabinet. (Okay, technically she was not my aunt, but rather my mother's first cousin, but she was like an aunt, and nothing else about this story is simple, so just let me uncomplicate that part at least.)

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KNOX COUNTY — A motion to dismiss a federal lawsuit against the Knox County Board of Education filed in December 2018 by a special education teacher at Lynn Camp Elementary School accusing a principal of sexual harassment has been denied by a judge, keeping the suit intact and able to proceed.

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For the third session in a row, legislators in Frankfort are having meaningful conversations on reforming Kentucky's bail system.

Kentucky's constitution requires the General Assembly to "provide for an efficient system of common schools throughout the state." The last time the state Supreme Court found Kentucky to be in violation of that mandate, the legislature passed the Kentucky Education Reform Act. By generating significant new tax revenue, KERA funded vast improvements in education and reduced funding disparities between poor and wealthy districts. Kids who've grown up under KERA have benefitted greatly from the prioritization of strong public schools - as has our entire commonwealth.

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CAVE CITY — Sen. David Givens, R-Greensburg, challenged area Republicans toward the end of the Lincoln Day Dinner, an annual event hosted by the Barren County Republican Party, on Saturday evening at the Cave City Convention Center.

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CAVE CITY — With the possibility of the federal government shutting down again on Friday, members of the Cave City Tourist and Convention Commission discussed on Monday the development of a contingency plan that would call for parts of Mammoth Cave National Park to be open to the public should it happen.

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Today my parents will celebrate their 37th wedding anniversary. I find that inspiring in a world where so many choose to call it quits. Two kids took a chance in 1982 and tied the knot and a small lifetime later, they are still taking chances and doing life together.

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While February is National Heart Disease Awareness Month, it also brings National Organ Donor Day on Feb. 14. This week, the Sentinel Echo is featuring a three-part series on the impact of the Kentucky Trust for Life's Tissue and Organ Donor program that includes an organ donor, an organ recipient and information about the tissue and organ donor program.

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CORBIN — University of Kentucky's all-time leading rusher Benny Snell, Jr. signed autographs, posed for photos, shook hands and chatted with hundreds of fans on Sunday morning at the Corbin Arena — he even took time to toss a football to one young fan.

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The Kentucky Veteran Project Exhibit has landed in Berea. The traveling show presents 44 works of art created by Kentucky military veterans and spouses and children of veterans from 23 counties, including three from Madison County.

EDMONTON – A motion has been denied that asked the court to keep a jury from hearing about statements a Metcalfe County homicide suspect made to police the day his roommate's body was revealed to be in a refrigerator in a field.

WHITLEY COUNTY - The jury trial for a former Williamsburg mail carrier accused of stealing multiple mail items in 2016 was set to begin Tuesday in Whitley Circuit Court, though the trial has once again been continued.

CORBIN — Lights, dance, action. On Thursday, Feb. 13, iLuminate Artist of Light is scheduled to entertain guests with a combination of extraordinary lighting effects and choreography at the Corbin Arena.

As Farmer Jones was driving along a roadway at a timid speed, he was suddenly shocked like an ear of corn. Coming at him from the opposite direction -- and in his lane of traffic -- was a sports car being driven by Freddie. Fortunately, both drivers were able to slam on their breaks in time to avoid a collision with the vehicles stopping only inches apart.

"It's not just a cake," is the motto of Sweet Blessings, a nonprofit organization which bakes specialty cakes for "children living in crisis" including, impoverished kids and children with a life threatening disease or special needs.

In past blatherings I've lamented the phenomenon of celebrating National This-or-That Day, Week or Month. When you poke around online for these contrived celebratory moments in time you will find that most dates represent numerous things to recognize during 24 hours. There's National Spaghetti Day, National Shower With a Friend (!) Day, or World Nutella Day, which as you know was yesterday. Cheekily, I've suggested that there should be a National "National Day" Day to memorialize a meta-phenomenon.

Is God always happy? Well, let me see, this is an unusual question but I would say probably not. Since he is not made of flesh we assume that he does not have emotions like us. But, on the other hand, we read about his demonstrations of compassion and anger so I guess this is still up for debate.

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