Four celebrate 50th anniversaries



I hope all your gardens have done well. My friends and neighbors have shared their bounty with me and I appreciate it so much. I have some cabbage to work up this week. Elmer and Alice Hall and daughter Ella Faye spent a few days at their home at Deane. Joyce said they washed their house down and did some […]

Photographs being offered



Letcher Manor Relay for Life Team and Resident Council members are selling certificates for Knickerbocker Pictures to be taken on Aug. 19 and 20 at the Harry M. Caudill Library in Whitesburg. To purchase a certificate, contact the Letcher Manor Activity Department at 633-1434 ext. 23.

Oliver Little, 62, buried at Mayking



Funeral services for Oliver Little, 62, were held July 21 at the Millstone Missionary Baptist Church. Burial was in Haven of Rest Cemetery at Mayking. He died July 18 at his home at Millstone. A son of the late Edward and Irene Niece Little, he was a brother of the late Betty Witt, Martha McCall and Wanda McCall. Surviving are […]

Addicted parents, suffering children



Kentucky has made progress in how it approaches drug addiction. Enforcement and imprisonment will not solve the growing problem of drug abuse. History has proven that. Treatment is gaining favor over throwing abusers in jail — an approach that has proved to be not only ineffective but ruinously expensive. However, a story in the July 21 Lexington Herald-Leader makes it […]

Political Cartoon



After the debt-ceiling fiasco



WASHINGTON Hours before the negotiations on the debt limit between President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner collapsed, political reporters received a missive from Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign that served as a reminder of how irrelevant this kerfuffle might feel next year. The headline read, “Romney for President Launches New Web Video: Obama Isn’t Working: Where are the Jobs?” The […]

Stand by your man



The headlines on the Drudge Report make it sound worse than it is: “Blacks, liberals flee in droves.” And underneath: “Sanders (that’s Bernie Sanders, the Independent from Vermont): Obama should face primary challenger.” And above: “Obama’s Base Crumbles.” The truth is that with Washington still unable to reach an agreement on the deficit and the budget, with the game of […]

A light bulb hoarder confesses



I have a horrible confession to make. I’m an environmentalist who’s been hoarding old incandescent light bulbs before they become illegal in January. But it was all unnecessary, so I learn. In 2007, Congress passed a law (signed by President George W. Bush) requiring that light bulbs be 70 percent more efficient by 2020. The tea party opposes all laws […]

Read a book, change a life



It’s hotter than Dante’s nine rings of hell outside. Crank up the fans, and pass the pile of books. Most of us have triggers for childhood memories. These dog days of summer do it for me. During the precious weeks of summer vacation, I’d pedal my bike back and forth to the library in a continuous cycle of return and […]

Car Talk

Tom and Ray help a girl out with a prank

Dear Tom and Ray: My boss and I are in a never-ending prank war. I really want to hook up one of those horns to his car that plays the ice-cream-truck jingle. And I want to have it come on whenever he starts the car. The problem is that I have no idea how to do this. Can you guys […]


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