Proposal aimed at slowing Kentucky’s heroin plague

The Kentucky Senate has passed a bill to combat a deadly surge in heroin addiction, a trend blamed for devastating families while putting a burden on courts and police in hard-hit areas. The measure, a mix of additional treatment for addicts and harsher punishment for higher-volume heroin dealers, cleared the Senate on a 36-0 vote. It came on Jan. 16, […]

MTV show helps cut teen birth rate

Of every 1,000 babies born in Letcher Co., 61 of them are mothered by teen-agers

The MTV show “16 and Pregnant” has been highly criticized, not only for featuring pregnant teens, but because some of the cast members have since been arrested or gotten into trouble with drugs and alcohol. One was featured in a sex tape. But, a study by researchers at the University of Maryland and Wellesley College for the National Bureau of […]


People with diabetes have a two to five times greater risk of having a stroke, and have diabetes also puts you at higher risk of dying from a stroke — especially for women and those who have had diabetes for a long time. That’s the bad news. The good news is that you can take steps to reduce your likelihood […]

Crankcase additive is safe but ineffective at removing sludge

Car Talk

Dear Tom and Ray: Is it safe to add a few capfuls of denatured alcohol to the crankcase of my two older vehicles to remove oil sludge before I change the oil? — Lorilee RAY: Is it safe? Well, I don’t think it’s ever a good idea to dilute your oil. But you can put a couple of capfuls of […]

Moments and Memories of WHS

This week’s column is from “The Last Black Kat” newspaper that was distributed during the 2005 all- class reunion held in Lexington. Several of the WHS graduates shared some of their fond school day memories with their classmates and some of these are being shared with our readers today. Eva Lou Everidge Davis, class of 1955 She lives in Cincinnati, […]

Services held for Michael Bentley

Michael Keith Bentley, 55, of McRoberts, died January 4 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. A son of Don and Jean Bentley of Seco, he was the widower of Donna Bentley and a brother of the late Donna Ratliff. He was a certified heating, ventilation and air conditioning technician and worked for several large companies for which he traveled throughout the […]

Vets reunite for final time

I was at Travis Museum checking out the old planes that have been restored; some were near 100 years old. Fifteen World War II veterans from the 14th Air Service Group and 987th Signal Company, also known as the Flying Tigers, held their last reunion on Sept. 5, 2013, at the Travis Heritage Center. The 14th Air Service Group was […]

To perform

Sycamore Hollow will play at Country Cabin II in Norton, Va., on Saturday, Jan. 25. The show will take place from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children 2 to 11 years old.

Rites held for David Anderson

David Lee Anderson, 53, of McRoberts, died January 14 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. A son of the late Dewey and Lettie Bryant Anderson, he was a brother of the late George Anderson, Deborah Anderson and Ann Anderson. Surviving are his wife, Patricia Ann Anderson of McRoberts; two sons, David Aaron Anderson and Ethan Anderson, both of McRoberts; a daughter, […]


Leland Jace Adams will celebrated his first birthday on January 23. He is the son of Jade Dollarhide and Jake Adams of Kingscreek, the grandson of Jeff and Elaine Adams, and the greatgrandson of Regina and Glenn Logan.

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