Anders Eld, Harlan Daily Enterprise en Cumberland Mayor Asked to Step Down <p><a href="">Council member Charles Raleigh</a> has asked for Cumberland Mayor Carl Hatfield to resign in an open letter sent to several media outlets on Thursday. In the letter, Raleigh states that it is in the best interest of the city and the citizens that the mayor resigns in order to avoid further financial burden and embarrassment. &ldquo;The call for his resignation is prompted by his actions regarding budget issues. He&rsquo;s going over budget by creating positions that are not in the personnel manual. Only the council can create positions. He has also taken upon himself to hire a water supervisor at $20 per hour; that&rsquo;s not in our pay scale for that position. But the council has to come up with the money,&rdquo; said Raleigh. Fri, 30 Dec 2011 14:17:04 +0000 Anders Eld, Harlan Daily Enterprise 18878 at Harlan Seeks to Build Hydroelectric Turbine <p><a href="">The city of Harlan is getting ready to advertise</a> for bids to install a hydroelectric turbine at the city&rsquo;s sewer plant. The project would be the first of its kind in the state. Harlan Mayor Danny Howard said that the plan is for the turbine to be put at the plant&rsquo;s water outlet where the treated water runs back into the river. The electricity generated by the turbine would then be transferred into the power grid, for which city officials expect to receive a payback from Kentucky Utilities. &ldquo;Initial estimates indicated that the turbine would generate $7,000 a year worth of electricity, but that was before the rate increase. It should be more than that. They won&rsquo;t actually pay us, instead this would come in form of a credit on our KU bill,&rdquo; said Howard. Thu, 29 Dec 2011 17:53:55 +0000 Anders Eld, Harlan Daily Enterprise 18822 at Former Judge Appointed as Magistrate <p><a href="">Former Harlan County Judge-Executive</a> Delzinna Belcher has been appointed as magistrate for District 5 by Gov. Steve Beshear. The seat has stood vacant since magistrate Jimmy Roark passed away in September. Belcher said she won&#39;t seek election to the seat in November 2012. Fri, 23 Dec 2011 16:55:37 +0000 Anders Eld, Harlan Daily Enterprise 18546 at Cumberland Mayor Urges Pay Raises <p><a href="">Employee pay rates and </a>recent citations from environmental and occupational safety agencies took center stage at a special called meeting of the Cumberland City Council on Thursday. Mayor Carl Hatfield brought up comments from state and federal officials. &ldquo;Every time they come in they say that we are not paying our people enough to keep them on the job. That&rsquo;s true. We have qualified people, but we don&rsquo;t have certified people. Other cities are paying their plant supervisors as high as $22 and even $25 per hour. We were paying our highest paid supervisors $15 an hour, so they left. We currently don&rsquo;t have a supervisor. Our pay rates go back twenty years,&rdquo; said Hatfield.</p><p> Fri, 09 Dec 2011 17:21:09 +0000 Anders Eld, Harlan Daily Enterprise 17716 at Baxter Man Dies after Strip Mine Accident <p><a href="">A miner died Monday from</a> injuries he sustained in a strip mine accident 12 days earlier. David J. Middleton, 28 of Baxter, died at Holston Valley Medical Center, Kinsport, Tenn. According to reports from the federal Mine Health and Safety Administration, in the morning of Nov. 2 the victim was involved in an accident at Nally &amp; Hamilton&rsquo;s Mill Branch Mine near Louellen. The accident occurred when the dozer Middleton was operating overturned several times while reclaiming a slope.</p><p> Tue, 15 Nov 2011 17:25:24 +0000 Anders Eld, Harlan Daily Enterprise 16290 at Cumberland Mayor Declares Emergency <p><a href="">Cumberland Mayor Carl Hatfield has declared</a> that emergency conditions exist at the city&rsquo;s water and sewer plant. A mechanical failure could leave city residents without water.</p><p> Mon, 14 Nov 2011 03:23:52 +0000 Anders Eld, Harlan Daily Enterprise 16167 at Crowd Rallies in Support of Harlan Judge <p><a href="">About 100 individuals gathered </a>Sunday to show their support for Harlan Circuit Judge Russell Alred, who temporarily stepped down from his office in September after a state panel that disciplines judges ordered him removed from the bench. In its decision, the Judicial Conduct Commission found him guilty of nine counts of judicial misconduct. Alred has appealed the decision to the Kentucky Supreme Court. William Clark Bailey, one of the organizers of the rally, described Sunday&rsquo;s gathering as a movement among people in Harlan County taking a stand against the removal of a duly elected official.</p><p> Tue, 01 Nov 2011 13:10:59 +0000 Anders Eld, Harlan Daily Enterprise 15412 at Crowd Rallies in Support of Harlan Judge Benham Team Wins National Championship <p><a href="">A mine rescue team from Benham won the national championship</a>. The White Team from Black Mountain Resources, now owned by Alpha Natural Resources, finished first in the overall team competition that spanned over two days. The biannual event was held in Columbus, Ohio. Sun, 30 Oct 2011 19:38:27 +0000 Anders Eld, Harlan Daily Enterprise 15300 at Benham Team Wins National Championship Former Cumberland H.S. Building Sold <p><a href=" "><strong>Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College</strong></a> has offered $200,000 to the Harlan County school district for the property and building that in the past was the home of Cumberland High School. The county school board has accepted the bid, and the deal is currently awaiting final approval from the Kentucky Department of Education. Thu, 20 Oct 2011 13:54:23 +0000 Anders Eld, Harlan Daily Enterprise 14684 at Cumberland Man Sentenced in Murder case <p><a href=" "><strong>Christopher Smith was sentenced to life in prison</strong></a> in Harlan Circuit Court on Friday for the murder of Kimberly Ealy, nearly two years ago. The sentencing followed upon a plea agreement entered in July, in which Smith, 39, of Cumberland, assumed responsibility for the murder. He also pleaded guilty to attempted murder, first-degree wanton endangerment and unlawful imprisonment. Tue, 11 Oct 2011 14:24:23 +0000 Anders Eld, Harlan Daily Enterprise 14053 at Cumberland Man Sentenced in Murder case Six Harlan Post Offices May Close <p><a href="">In recent weeks, the United States Postal Service</a> has posted proposals of possible closing at six post offices in Harlan County. At the offices in Big Laurel, Closplint, Cranks, Lejunior, Putney and Totz there are now three-page documents hanging in the lobby detailing the reasons for the proposed closing. Public meetings where representatives from the postal service were available to answer questions and provide information have been held at Putney and Totz. But more meetings will be held in the next few weeks. Wed, 05 Oct 2011 14:12:14 +0000 Anders Eld, Harlan Daily Enterprise 13723 at Six Harlan Post Offices May Close Harlan School Board at Odds Over Mediation Talk <p><a href="">Harlan Independent School Board&rsquo;s rejection of a proposed</a> non-student contract was discussed at a special called meeting Thursday of the Harlan County Board of Education. Earlier this week, the city school district turned down a proposal from the county school district. City schools Superintendent David Johnson said that the offered contract &ldquo;does not represent our understanding of the mediation.&rdquo; He said his board couldn&rsquo;t agree to the proposal since it would limit the number of county district residents enrolling in the city district to 15 tuition-paying students. But County School Board chairman Gary Farmer took issue with that account. Fri, 30 Sep 2011 14:10:36 +0000 Anders Eld, Harlan Daily Enterprise 13442 at Harlan County to Suffer Highest Population Decline <p><a href="">The Kentucky State Data Center recently released population </a>projections for every county in the state. The future that is painted for Harlan County is remarkably grim. The demographers project that the county will lose more than 3,000 people over the next 10 years, which would mean that the population decreases by one percent every year. By 2050, they forecast that 16,216 individuals will reside in the county, down from 33,202 in 2000. That would be a dramatic decrease in population by more than 50 percent, in fact, the projected decline in Harlan is greater than in any other county in the state. Sun, 25 Sep 2011 17:38:00 +0000 Anders Eld, Harlan Daily Enterprise 13109 at Harlan Judge Agrees to Step Down <p><a href="">An order was issued Tuesday by Chief Justice John Minton Jr.</a>, of the Kentucky Supreme Court, in which Minton and Harlan Circuit Court Judge Russell Alred agreed that it would be in the best interest of the citizens of Harlan that Alred step down as judge while his appeal is processed. Minton ordered that Alred be temporarily relieved of his duties as circuit judge. On Monday, a final order was released by the Judicial Conduct Commission, a state panel that oversees judges, calling for Alred to be removed from office Wed, 21 Sep 2011 14:22:47 +0000 Anders Eld, Harlan Daily Enterprise 12860 at Harlan Circuit Judge Removed from Office <p><a href="">The Judicial Conduct Commission</a>, a state panel that disciplines judges, has found Harlan Circuit Court Judge Russell Alred guilty on nine charges of misconduct and concluded that removal from office was warranted in the case. The decision was unanimous with the judges voting 6-0. In the commission&rsquo;s ruling, which was released Monday morning, the judges stated that the actions of Alred &ldquo;show a blatant and persistent failure to uphold the impartiality and integrity of the judiciary.&rdquo; Several of the counts that Alred was found guilty of involve his failure to recuse himself from cases Mon, 19 Sep 2011 17:23:29 +0000 Anders Eld, Harlan Daily Enterprise 12722 at Harlan Zipline Opens Thursday <p><a href="">The new zipline at the Evarts Trailhead in Baileys Creek</a>, named Black Mountain Thunder, is set to open Thursday. Members of the Harlan County Outdoor Recreation Board Authority describe the opening as a &ldquo;soft opening.&rdquo; &ldquo;We start off soft to get some money rolling in. We will have a grand opening in October,&rdquo; said board member Ken Crider. Visitors will be taken on a twelve-lines-long zipline tour that takes them along the mountainside and across the valley. A tour for a group of 10 is expected to take about two hours. Wed, 14 Sep 2011 14:31:04 +0000 Anders Eld, Harlan Daily Enterprise 12421 at Harlan Zipline Opens Thursday Grant Helps Harlan Co. Pay Debt to KU <p><a href="">The Benham Power Board has paid off</a> its large debt to Kentucky Utilities. Mayor John Dodd announced the payment at the Benham City Council meeting on Thursday. The large debt, that at one point had the city considering turning over its electric distribution system to KU, was paid with the help of a $100,000 grant from the Richard and Leslie Gilliam Foundation. Fri, 09 Sep 2011 17:43:06 +0000 Anders Eld, Harlan Daily Enterprise 12158 at Gas Firm Promises Jobs for Harlan County <p><a href="">Magnum Hunter Productions Inc.</a>, a Texas-based oil and natural gas company, has signed a five-year deal to lease a building from Harlan County government. The firm will move its pipe yard and regional headquarters to Coldiron and with them 50 to 60 new jobs, according to Harlan County Judge-Executive Joe Grieshop.</p><p> Thu, 08 Sep 2011 14:48:27 +0000 Anders Eld, Harlan Daily Enterprise 12057 at Troubles for City of Cumberland's Utilities <p><a href="’s-utilities?instance=home_news_lead">The City of Cumberland took steps to avoid possible foreclosure </a>on delinquent bonds on Tuesday. A procedure that could have resulted in the city&rsquo;s water and sewer facilities being put under receivership. Behind the foreclosure threat is a debt of $93,000 to the Department of Rural Water that came due on July 1. Wed, 07 Sep 2011 14:26:23 +0000 Anders Eld, Harlan Daily Enterprise 11964 at Judicial Misconduct Trial Concludes <p><a href=" "><strong>The hearing into alleged judicial misconduct </strong></a>by Harlan Circuit Judge Russell Alred concluded Wednesday. Alred is charged with 13 counts of violating the ethics code for judges, and the case has been brought before the Judicial Conduct Commission, a state panel that hears this type of complaints. In his closing statement, Jeff Mando, attorney for the commission, stressed the severity of the case. Thu, 01 Sep 2011 13:57:58 +0000 Anders Eld, Harlan Daily Enterprise 11669 at Harlan Celebrates with Beshear <p><a href="">Gov. Steve Beshear and First Lady Jane Beshear</a> attended the Harlan County Coal &amp; Rail Centennial celebration of the first commercial railroad shipment of coal out of Harlan County. During his visit, Beshear gave a speech in front of the courthouse where he stressed the importance of coal to the state and the nation. Fri, 26 Aug 2011 15:11:14 +0000 Anders Eld, Harlan Daily Enterprise 11306 at Harlan Celebrates with Beshear Gas Company Considers Harlan Location <p><a href="">Magistrates gave Harlan County Judge-Executive Joe Grieshop </a>approval to sign a lease agreement Tuesday with a Texas-based gas company, which has expressed interest into moving into a county-owned building in Coldiron. &ldquo;This will bring somewhere between 50 and 60 jobs, and they plan on adding anything from 10 to 20,&rdquo; said Grieshop. &ldquo;This would become their headquarters and workers from four counties would be coming to Harlan.&quot; Wed, 17 Aug 2011 14:33:36 +0000 Anders Eld, Harlan Daily Enterprise 10730 at Immigration Service Raids Harlan Restaurant <p><a href="">Officials with Immigration and Customs Enforcement</a> conducted a roundup of alleged illegal immigrants working at a restaurant in Harlan. The operation took place shortly before noon Wednesday. Thirteen employees who were unable to provide documentation were detailed, according to the Lynch police chief. They were transported to immigration headquarters for processing. Thu, 11 Aug 2011 14:12:20 +0000 Anders Eld, Harlan Daily Enterprise 10357 at Immigration Service Raids Harlan Restaurant Tear Gas Cause of Lynch Injuries <p><a href="">It was a tear gas grenade that detonated in Lynch</a> on Monday sending 20 people to the hospital. Police are currently investigating whether to press charges against the man that obtained the device. Several additional details about the incident were released Tuesday. Police stated that children playing in their home apparently set off the grenade. Wed, 03 Aug 2011 14:08:55 +0000 Anders Eld, Harlan Daily Enterprise 9822 at Explosion in Lynch Causes Injury <p><a href="">A chemical explosion in Lynch</a> early Monday evening injured several people, including some children. Officials report that a local ambulance service was dispatched to a residence on Main Street. They reported smelling a chemical in the residence and experiencing burning skin. A neighbor reported having heard a boom around the time of the incident. Ambulance personnel and residents were removed from the residence. Tue, 02 Aug 2011 14:34:42 +0000 Anders Eld, Harlan Daily Enterprise 9746 at Explosion in Lynch Causes Injury Source of Water Losses Discovered <p><a href="">City officials in Cumberland believe they have found</a> a major reason behind the city&rsquo;s massive water losses. A major leak was located Friday on the southern bank of Cumberland River right behind city hall. Last week, the Enterprise reported on the major problems that Cumberland has with its water system. A report presented by the mayor indicated that during the first half of 2011 the city was losing two-thirds of the water it was producing. The report pointed to water leaks as the main factor behind the losses. Tue, 19 Jul 2011 14:09:51 +0000 Anders Eld, Harlan Daily Enterprise 8870 at Benham Eyes Sale of Power Board <p><a href="">Voters in Benham will in November, </a>more than likely, face the ballot question of whether the city should sell its power board to Kentucky Utilities. At a Benham city council meeting Thursday, city officials discussed the dire situation that the board and the distribution system are in. &ldquo;We buy our power from KU and then resell it. Our computer system being down meant that we went for four to five months without any bills going out or revenue coming in. It also meant that we went for months without making payments to KU,&rdquo; Power Board Chairman Danny Quillen said.</p><p> Mon, 18 Jul 2011 13:47:53 +0000 Anders Eld, Harlan Daily Enterprise 8764 at Academy for Troubled Kids set in Harlan <p><a href="">The Appalachian Youth Challenge Academy</a> will open in July 2012 in Harlan at a former elementary school. The program will take volunteers between 16 and 18 years of age. Youth Challenge targets at-risk teens and teaches them life skills and physical fitness - all in a 22-week program in a military-like atmosphere.</p><p> Fri, 15 Jul 2011 13:14:09 +0000 Anders Eld, Harlan Daily Enterprise 8639 at Cumberland Faces Water Problems <p><a href="">The city of Cumberland is considering turning the water </a>off for customers in outlying areas. That was revealed at Tuesday&rsquo;s city council meeting where Mayor Carl Hatfield painted a stark picture of the city&rsquo;s water problems. &ldquo;Unless we get funds to rebuild our water distribution system, we will have to disconnect our service to customers in the outlying areas,&rdquo; said Hatfield. &ldquo;This is very serious. The new hookups that we have been doing have overburdened the city&rsquo;s water system. Our water lines are so dilapidated that the added pressure from additional hookups causes them to pop open.&rdquo; Thu, 14 Jul 2011 14:10:35 +0000 Anders Eld, Harlan Daily Enterprise 8545 at Officials Downplay Rival Zip Lines <p><a href="">Work started this week on </a>the new zipline at the Black Mountain Off-Road Adventure Area. The $200,000 project represents a major investment for the Harlan County Outdoor Board Authority, and recently the board learned about the opening of a competing zipline in eastern Kentucky. A private developer has opened a zipline attraction at Red River Gorge in Wolfe County, but representatives of the outdoor board downplay the significance of that opening on their project</p><p> Wed, 13 Jul 2011 12:51:02 +0000 Anders Eld, Harlan Daily Enterprise 8449 at