Texas? Education?



In the good-and-good-for-you department, food scientists are now touting the health benefits of enjoying a handful of nuts every day. I, for one, am glad, because I love nuts — pecans, hazelnuts, pistachios, almonds, you-name- ’em. But my favorite nuts, by far, are the homegrown natives that have taken root in one particularly fertile area of my state: the Texas […]

This time, a real immigration fix



What part of “immigration reform” don’t you understand — or, rather, don’t want to understand? The send-’em-home crowd doesn’t “get it” that a new enforcement regime must be paired with an amnesty for millions, even though they broke the law by working here illegally. And an alliance of cheap-labor types and ethnic activists don’t want to understand that real reform […]

Meetings give professional advice



To the Editor: On 12 March, 2010, Neon residents hosted the fifth in a series of entrepreneurship meetings, four of which have been led by Dr. Pete Hackbert of Berea College. This most recent meeting, the purpose of which was to provide fundamental business guidance and support to local entrepreneurs, was organized by Neon business people Doug Brink and Pearl […]

Teachers in favor of House Bill 540



To the Editor: If you are a current or retired teacher and you want to keep your health insurance, then you need to call your State Senators and encourage them to pass House Bill 540. This bill recently passed the Kentucky State House on March 17 and now heads to the Kentucky State Senate. This legislation would require more money […]

Rites held for Tammy Wright



Tammy Sue Callahan Wright, 41, died March 13. Born in Whitesburg, she was a daughter of Sarah Jones Collins and the late Joe V. Callahan. She enjoyed spending time with her family and surfing the internet, and was a caretaker of her sisters. Surviving in addition to her mother are three sons, Derek Joseph Wright of Mendota, Va., Dustin Edward […]

Lynn Tackett dies in Tennessee



Funeral services for Lynn Tackett, 64, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in Virgie. Burial will be in the Osborne Cemetery at Indian Creek. A son of the late Leonard and Mancie Mae Little Tackett, he was a brother of the late Lynda Ratliff e. He died March 21 at his home in Buchanan, Tenn. Tackett was a member […]

Services set for Steven Polly



Steven Lee Polly, 39, died March 20 at his home on Cumberland A son of Bobby Ray and Brenda Cornett Polly of Gordon, he was a native of Linefork and a coal miner. Surviving in addition to his parents are his wife, Heather Lynn Hobbs Polly of Gordon; five children, Chase Alexander Polly and Gavin Lee Polly, both of London; […]

Jack Hurst dies



Jack Hurst, 77, died March 19, at his home at Jenkins. Born in Pike County, he was a son of the late William and Maggie Wright Hurst, and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a brother of the late James Kenneth Hurst, and had worked as a heavy equipment operator in the coal industry. Surviving […]

Services held for Raymond Fields



Raymond Bryant Fields, 92, died March 13 in Miamisburg, Ohio. Born in Whitesburg, he was a son of the late Enoch and Ozina Fields. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, and was retired from the Frigidare Division of General Motors. Surviving are his wife, Margaret I. King Fields; two daughters, Inetha “Neta” Fields of […]

Now here’s a tip



• When spray-painting a small item, tuck it into a paper shopping bag. You can spray it without the overspray being a big deal. You also can use this technique when spray-painting something outdoors on a windy day or when working in your garage. If the item is larger, try to find a comfortablesize cardboard box. • Wrap aluminum foil […]


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