‘Dallas’ returns to its home



DALLAS J. R. Ewing has returned to Dallas. With Larry Hagman reprising his role as the conniving Texas oilman, filming is underway at locations all over the city for TNT’s new television series “Dallas,” which will also see the return of Patrick Duffy as J.R.’s brother Bobby and Linda Gray as J.R.’s ex-wife Sue Ellen, along with a new generation […]

Song inspired by Shelton’s brother



NASHVILLE, Tenn. Miranda Lambert is paying tribute to husband Blake Shelton’s late brother with her new single, “Over You.” Richie Shelton died in a car accident in 1990. The newlyweds wrote the song together about a year ago, and Lambert recorded it for her latest album “Four the Record.” It is the second single released from the album. The song […]

Has Bob Dylan had a No. 1 single?



1. Syd Barrett was a founding member of which English rock band? 2. Of his very large body of work, how many of Bob Dylan’s singles have climbed to No. 1 on the charts? 3. Dr. John is best known for which 1973 song? 4. Which group released “Dancing Queen,” and when? 5. The Police scored a No. 1 hit […]

Coming events



LETCHER COUNTY ROCK, POP, BLUES RAP, CHRISTIAN DOWN RIVER (Country rock); Sat., Dec. 17 at Summit City. $5 cover. X-PLICIT; Sat., Jan. 7 at Summit City. STATIC; Sat., Jan. 28 at Summit City. COUNTRY & BLUEGRASS, TRADITIONAL, ETC. ( Venue locations and telephone numbers: Appalshop, 633-0108; Summit City, 214 Main St., 633-2715) ASHEVILLE, N.C. ROCK, POP, BLUES RAP, CHRISTIAN BLACKBERRY […]

Three-year study looks for answers to high lung cancer rate in E. Kentucky



The University of Kentucky’s Dr. Susanne Arnold and colleagues have been awarded a $1.4 million grant by the U.S. Department of Defense to study potential environmental reasons for the high lung cancer rates in eastern Kentucky. The study, which will last for three years, is now underway. Kentucky has the highest lung cancer rates in the nation, but counties in […]

New Letcher weather station is up



The Kentucky Mesonet has added a strategic weather and climate monitoring site in Letcher County to its network of automated weather stations and will soon add a similar site in Harlan County. The Kentucky Mesonet’s 6oth station was installed last month in Whitesburg and the Kentucky Climate Center at Western Kentucky University has reached an agreement to install a Mesonet […]

If not for first trip here, Belfrey might be home



Loretta grew up in Madison County and she thinks Big Hill, where Jackson, Madison and Rockcastle counties come together, is a mountain. She has rarely seen anything more insurmountable than Pilot Knob where all her ancestors frolicked and gathered ramps and mushrooms when they were in season. I took her to Letcher County one time back in the late ‘80s […]

Letcher Co. Farm Bureau wins awards at meeting



Letcher County Farm Bureau won top honors for its region of the state in the 2011 Safety Challenge Awards competition during Kentucky Farm Bureau’s annual meeting in Louisville. The award was given to Letcher County for the community education it offered during quarterly roundtable discussions on WXKQ Radio and local television’s channel 98. The sessions focused on automobile safety and […]

Gets big buck



Does having sex put stress on heart?



DEAR DR. DONOHUE: How much stress does sex put on the heart? I don’t have a heart problem. I know two fellow workers, who, according to scuttlebutt, died while having sex. They were about my age. — R.L. ANSWER: Scuttlebutt isn’t a reliable source of information. Blood pressure and heart rate rise during sexual relations, but not so much as […]


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