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The Kentucky Department for Public Health has identified an outbreak of hepatitis A. The department reports nearly 3,000 cases of disease -- over 100 of which are in Laurel County -- since November of last year. According to the department, Kentucky only saw an average of 20 Hep A cases per year before the outbreak.

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TRI-COUNTY – With the recent eruption in cases of Hepatitis A, public health officials — such as those at local health departments — have been scrambling to get the situation under control.

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WILLIAMSBURG – The Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner program at University of the Cumberlands (UC) has officially received accreditation through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, a national accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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The timeline for completion of the "safe and efficient" destruction of the chemical weapons at the Blue Grass Army Depot is still set for December 2023, and some weapon and agent destruction may start as early as the summer 2019. So far $103.8 million has been spent in Madison and surrounding counties on the chemical destruction effort, and personnel hired will continue to grow for the next year or so.

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Somewhere sunken in the sediment on the Southern Indiana side of the Ohio River near the mouth of Silver Creek likely lies one of the bullets fired by Henry Clay and Humphrey Marshall during their famous duel that occurred more than 200 years ago.

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Erica Gardner, originally from Louisville who now makes Morehead her home, said typically during the holiday season she likes to donate what she can in toys to local charities.

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Lately I've rattled the cage of cursed Jinx Hoodoo by saying aloud that "money's pretty good." That has nary much ado with my personal position. It's more about the senses that are taking in life still in the aftermath of the 2008-2009 recession. Compared to those days, the economy isn't too shabby. This is certainly the time of year that we are aware of economic forces and limitations. Now is when we're spending, and if you believe those who study these things, money's good.

“He sees you when you’re sleeping / He knows when you’re awake / He knows if you’ve been bad or good” — Eddie Cantor (and over 200 other artists) “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”

Standing room only and beyond. People turned out by the literal busload to Monday’s Somerset city council meeting to show their support for either denying or adopting the proposed changes to the human rights ordinance.

KNOX COUNTY – A special education teacher at Lynn Camp Elementary School has filed a federal lawsuit against the Knox County Board of Education accusing a principal of sexual harassment and retaliating against her by failing to accommodate her disabilities, also claiming the superintendent did nothing to remedy the situation.

I’m a firm believer that luck doesn’t exist. In fact, I choose to believe that we are destined to end up where we belong. I figure our lives sort of resemble a lengthy story line at best. The plot changes, and how we react determines the direction we head in next.

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Her family and her classes in Consumer Science at South Laurel High School have made quite the impact on Mickayla Combs' life - and have inspired her goals for her future career.

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I love to write about Christmas during the month of December and thus I couldn’t help but share what we talked about in Sunday School last weekend. It perfectly sums up my experience with this month each year and I would bet many of you all can relate as well.

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For those not familiar with the downtown Lexington landscape, noticing its historical sites can be hard.Not many know that tucked between Rupp Arena/Lexington Convention Hall and Main Street Baptist Church sits the childhood home of Mary Todd Lincoln, the First Lady to the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln.

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GLASGOW – Local residents who are homeless or otherwise in need were invited to a special event Thursday evening organized by a team of 12 to 15 women who have connected and want to help members of their community.

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I have always been interested in the stranded-on-a-deserted-island scenario. There is the whole man against nature conflict that I find enticing, as well as the concept of finding one’s self in the wilderness. And I’ve found, as I get older, I began to wonder why certain stories had more appeal than others - why certain stories turned more gears in my conditioned, robotic brain.

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A Laurel County man says he's been given confidence and peace of mind now that he has assistance from his hearing dog. Floyd, a 70-pound black Labrador, now helps Brent Mershon hear things he is no longer able to.

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Editor's Note: Each week I will write a recap of the new episode of "Survivor: David vs. Goliath" with a focus on what happens with Williamsburg's Nick Wilson who was one of the 20 castaways who had the chance to be on the 37th season of the reality show.

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I’m sure that most of us have dreamed about accomplishing something but discovered that our goal was not going to be easy. Some individuals, maybe yourself, became so determined to succeed that nothing could prevent them from achieving their vision.

While fisherman often talk about the one that got away, Felix was one fisherman who got caught. Traveling to another state where the fishing was reported to be real good, the first thing he did was cast for worms in the earth behind the motel at which he was staying.

Americans are spending more this holiday season according to a report from the National Retail Federation (NRF). The Nation will spend over $717 billion on holiday gifts this year, increasing 4 percent since 2017.

GLASGOW — Those who had ever met President George H.W. Bush or had the opportunity to see him have spent some time this week reminiscing about those special moments.

In an effort to kick our holiday spirit into high gear as we have reached December, The Times-Tribune newsroom staff is sharing our top five picks for three different Christmas topics over the course of the month. Each day you will see the top five picks for the topic of the week chosen by one of our staff members. We hope you all check out some of the picks we have selected to get ready for the holidays! This week we are sharing our top five Christmas movies.

“Shake me I rattle / Squeeze me I cry / Please take me home / And love me” —“Shake Me I Rattle (Squeeze Me I Cry)” by Marion Worth

WHITLEY COUNTY – With evidentiary items still expected to undergo at least six more months of investigation, the case against a Corbin man accused of killing three people, one of whom was pregnant, in February is being pushed into next year.

It was difficult to find a place to park on Saturday at the Grateful Threadz Thrift Store in Mt. Vernon as the lot was full of families flocking to Santa Day to speak with the man in red and receive gifts. A toy drive by Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society at Berea College generated almost 500 toys for the elves to hand out.

In an effort to kick our holiday spirit into high gear as we have reached December, The Times-Tribune newsroom staff is sharing our top five picks for three different Christmas topics over the course of the month. Each day you will see the top five picks for the topic of the week chosen by one of our staff members. We hope you all check out some of the picks we have selected to get ready for the holidays! This week we are sharing our top five Christmas movies.

Edith Swain was a force to be reckoned with. Born a Bunch from Bon Jellico, my great-grandmother could hold her own. She raised six children, loved one man, and was a lifelong baseball fan. It wasn't out of the ordinary for her to watch the Cincinnati Reds play on TV, while listening to the Atlanta Braves on her hand-held radio. She voted straight ticket, carried a pistol in her pocket book, and loved the Lord. She graced us with her presence for 89 years, leaving behind a legacy all her own.

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