Coal-related state agencies to suffer few budget cuts

FRANKFORT Declaring “the day of reckoning has come,” Gov. Steve Beshear called Tuesday for 8.4 percent cuts to most government agencies. Only coal mine permitting and enforcement, education, public safety and a handful of other programs would be spared to make up a $742 million deficit. He presented his proposal to a joint session of the House and Senate. “To […]

Services are held for Hayes Bentley

Graveside services for Hayes Darrin Bentley, 43, of Jackhorn, were held January 13 at the Gad Johnson Cemetery. A son of Yvonne Johnson Bentley of Jackhorn and the late Kenneth Ray Bentley, he died January 11 at Holston Valley Medical Center in Tennessee. Surviving in addition to his mother are a brother, Kenneth Bryan Bentley, Texas; two sisters, Tara Johnson, […]

Beshear leaves coal tax funds for Pikeville college after House measure filed

FRANKFORT Democratic state Rep. Leslie Combs has filed legislation that calls for public funding for the University of Pikeville. The long- anticipated measure was filed on Tuesday with House Speaker Greg Stumbo as co-sponsor. Combs, who represents the Pikeville area in the House in addition to much of Letcher County, said the proposal is the legislature’s best shot at raising […]

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Rites held for David Lee Morris

David Lee Morris, 60, died January 12, at his home at Mayking. He was a son of Ella Cook Morris of Whitesburg and the late Claude Morris. Surviving in addition to his mother are his wife, Jewell Taylor Morris; two sons, Robert Jackson of Garner and Tim Morris of Craft’s Colly; a daughter, Tina Lee Morris, Mayking; five brothers, Clyde […]

Good time for pot of soup beans

Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center. “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with the wings of eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 41:31. ECCO, by God’s grace and generous provision, has again survived another year and we are […]


I almost went to Viet Nam

In the late 1960s the war was not going well for us in Viet Nam. They were asking for volunteers in the Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit. The military were taking men from a lot of career fields and sending them to their school in Colorado for 14 weeks of training. When they found out that I had not been overseas […]

First snow vanished quickly

We got our first snow of this winter on Monday, Jan. 2. It flurried a few times throughout the day and twice it looked like it was going to stick and stay as a roof across the street and the vehicles outside had a thin layer of white, but it was all gone within an hour of the flakes ceasing […]

Four sign agreements with UPike

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