September 29, 2010 RSS feed / Front Page

Features

Sampling soil improves plant growth

Maintaining the proper pH and fertility in soil is important for higher crop yields. An important tool to assess fertility levels is to sample soil and have it tested. Kentucky is experiencing an unusually dry fall.   More...

Opinions

‘Suntan Johnnie’

John Boehner is known for his ties and his tan. You’ve probably never heard of this Ohio Republican, who’s been the minority leader for four years, but he has big plans to be the next speaker of the U.S. House. Who is he? More...

Tempest in very small teapot

WASHINGTON   Is the tea party one of the most successful scams in American political history?   More...

Poor immigrants: Asset or burden?

DALLAS   America’s fast-growing Latino population is famously hard working. It also has high rates for teenage pregnancy and dropping out of high school, two markers for poverty. More...

Sports

Cougars now 1-4; Harlan is next up

After a week off , the Cougars of Letcher Central were ready to get back on the field this past Friday night as they traveled to Hazard to take on the Commodores of Perry Central. Perry Central has been one of the big surprises of the year so far. More...

Reds clinch title

CINCINNATI   Jay Bruce raised both index fingers as he rounded first base and took the final steps toward a long-awaited championship. Jubilant Reds teammates streamed toward the plate while fireworks went off overhead. More...

Still alive for number five

One week after his 25th-place finish at New Hampshire, Jimmie Johnson showed the rest of the Sprint Cup Series that he is still in the hunt to claim his fifth consecutive title. More...

Families & Friends

Crowd turned out for Hospital Day

Hello everyone. I hope you are all doing well. Saturday was our Mountain Heritage parade. I’m glad that the weather was good. We usually get rain.   More...

20-mile yard sale planned

A community 20-mile yard sale will begin at 9 a.m., Friday and Saturday, Oct. 1 and 2. The sale will run from Sandlick to the Colson Fire Department and from Isom to Colson. More...

Big Cowan Church has memorial meeting

Late happy birthday wishes to Rose Halcomb, who turned 37 Sept. 20. She is the daughter of Theresa Halcomb Jones, and lives in Lexington. I hope she enjoyed her day.   Kendall Ison had a birthday Sept. 21. I hope you had a good one, Kendall. More...

Obituaries

Rites held for Phyllis Blauser

Phyllis Ann Taylor Blauser, 68, died May 26 after a five-year battle with brain cancer.   Born at Deane, she was a daughter of the late Cindy Bentley Taylor and Rufus Denvil Taylor. More...

Services held for David Halberstadt

David Halberstadt, 75, of Eolia, died September 24 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital.   He was the son of the late Arthur and Helen Stout Halberstadt.   More...

Rita Burke dies

Rita Gaye Burke, 37, of Jenkins, died September 21 at Pikeville Medical Center.   Born in Pikeville to Anthony and Alpha Tackett of Burdine, she was a sister of the late Donnie Wayne Tackett.   More...

Retrial underway for man accused of murdering boy

The retrial of a Sandlick man accused of murdering his foster child more than seven years ago began this week in Letcher Circuit Court.   More...

Council met with stinky situation

The Whitesburg City Council spent much of its September meeting addressing water and sewer issues, including the discussion of ways to alleviate odor problems that continue to plague the Maple Street area in West Whitesburg. More...

Man killed while cutting tree

A Blackey man was removing a tree growing too close to his house when a large tree limb fell on him and killed him. More...

News

Letcher schools meet 12 of 13 test goals

Even though the Letcher County school district did not meet all of its federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) goals, five schools in the district did meet all target goals.   More...

Students ‘deserve better,’ says Jenkins board leader

For the second time in less than five years, schools making up the Jenkins Independent School System have failed to meet their goals required by the federal No Child Left Behind program.   More...

Fall ATV ride planned for Oct. 2

Bethel Community Church will sponsor a fall all-terrain vehicle ride at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 2. The ride will begin at the church parking lot in McRoberts and go to the new ATV trail at Fishpond Lake, then return to the church.   More...

Columns

LeBron Who?

As a resident of Northeast Ohio, I’m like everyone else around here; my reason for living did not evaporate July 8, 2010 — no matter what the national media say.   More...

Car Talk

It’s not a sugar problem in the gas tank

Dear Tom and Ray:   More...

Ermine seniors enjoy Whitesburg Day

The Ermine senior citizens had another good week.   Monday, we just talked about our ‘tacky party’ that we had the week before. We had a great time and everyone said it was one of the best ever.   More...

Speak Your Piece

Speak Your Piece

Mr. Dixon, you are barking up the wrong tree for taxes more than 30 years old. Get real. Mr. Dixon, concerning the $500 fine, Jenkins is getting tired of threats.      More...

Health

Signs of memory loss

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My mother is 69 and has, during the past few years, shown signs of memory problems. In the span of 20 minutes, she might ask the same question several times. She has trouble following the flow of conversation. More...

A $93,000 cancer drug

Price raises question: How much is a life worth?

BOSTON   Cancer patients, brace yourselves. Many new drug treatments cost nearly $100,000 a year, sparking fresh debate about how much a few months more of life is worth.   More...

New law brings preventive care without copays

New health insurance policies that began on or after Sept. 23 must cover — without charge — preventive care that’s backed up by the best scientific evidence. More...

Entertainment

To perform

Bluegrass Circle will perform at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2, at the Country Cabin II in Norton, Va. The facility is located across Alternate Rte. 58 from the original Country Cabin, 1½ mile west of Norton. More...

SPEAKING OF SOAPS

RECAPS – 9/27-10/1   More...

Tyme to play

East KY Tyme, a country/ bluegrass band, will play Friday, Oct. 1, at the Hemphill Community Center from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Food will be available for purchase. Everyone is invited to attend. They will also perform Saturday, Oct. More...