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Lathan Sawyer Cornett

What being Appalachian means to me 


By Lathan Sawyer Cornett, Contributing Writer November 21, 2021

Being Appalachian is a strange concept. It means being a part of a culture that is made up of all races. It means being a part of a culture of hardship, religion and community. It means living...

Abby Wacks

What does normal mean to you?

By Abby Wacks, Contributing Writer November 7, 2021

I asked my entire fifth-period class what normal means to each of them, and they responded with answers such as “football players," "cheerleaders," "rich kids," "average," "no such thing,” etc. We...

The Harlan County girls won the Southeastern Kentucky Conference meet on Tuesday at Bell County High School. Team members include, from left, front row: Aliyah Deleon, Kendall Brock and Lainey Garrett; back row: assistant coach Miranda Epperson, Taylor Clem, Summer Farley, Peyton Lunsford, Olivia Kelly, Sophie Day, Leah Taulbee and Riley Key.

HCHS girls, Lunsford take top spots in SEKC meet

By John Henson, Bear Tracks October 13, 2021

The Harlan County girls team and freshman Peyton Lunsford swept the top two spots Tuesday in the Southeastern Kentucky Conference cross country meet at Bell County High School. Lunsford won...

The Harlan County soccer team captured the 50th District Tournament title with a 2-1 win over Barbourville on Wednesday. The 8-6 Black Bears advance to regional competition.

Black Bears capture first district soccer title in school history

October 10, 2021

Harlan County captured the 50th District Tournament championship with a 2-1 win over Barbourville on Wednesday. The Black Bears avenged two previous losses to Barbourville in the regular season. Cayden...

Harlan Countys Leah Taulbee battled for the ball in recent soccer action.

HC’s Taulbee is a three-sport standout who also stars in classroom

By Chad Middleton, Contributing Writer October 3, 2021

While many athletes of today choose to specialize in one sport, Harlan County senior Leah Taulbee prefers a more varied approach to athletics as she balances three sports while maintaining a 4.0...

HCHS juniors Luke Huff and Andrew Canterbury were among the members of the Cloverfork Fire Department who participated in a 9/11 Memorial Walk to honor the first responders who lost their lives during the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001.

HCHS students participate in Memorial Walk

September 30, 2021

Luke Huff and Andrew Canterbury, both Harlan County High School juniors, were among the members of the Cloverfork Fire Department who participated in a 9/11 Memorial Walk to honor the first responders...

Honesty Thomas

Search for ’normal’ can become an impossible quest

By Honesty Thomas, Contributing Writer September 26, 2021

What does it mean to be normal? If you asked me to give you a definition of normal, I would say an average person who does average things. The definition on Google of normal is “conforming to a standard;...

Victoria Adams (left) and Kaydie Coots placed third in the Kentucky Farm to School Junior Chef state competition held in August at the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville.

HCHS chefs place third in state competition

By Aaliyah Elliott, Contributing Writer September 21, 2021

Everyone loves a good meal, and that's just what the Harlan County High School Junior Chefs whipped up recently to rank among the best in the state. The HCHS Junior Chef team of Victoria Adams and Kaydie...

Shelby Engle Burton has been named the new softball coach at Harlan County High School. Burton has coached basketball at James A. Cawood Elementary School for the past 14 years. She also coached middle school softball for two years.

Burton takes over as leader of HCHS softball program

By John Henson, Bear Tracks September 20, 2021

The idea that Shelby Engle Burton would eventually coach on the high school level is not at all a surprise. She literally grew up in coaching as her father, Tim Engle, has coached basketball at various...

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