Whitesburg ARH volunteers recognized

The Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA) presented awards to several hospital volunteer groups during the Association’s Auxiliary/ Volunteer Luncheon at the 87th Annual KHA Convention in Lexington. The HANDS Awards (Helping Accomplish Noteworthy Duties Successfully) recognize outstanding volunteer/ auxiliary programs in hospitals across the state. Whitesburg ARH Hospital was a recipient of a HANDS Award for an In- Service Hospital Project. […]

Services held for Andrew Carter

Andrew Carter, 25, died June 17 at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington after a long illness. A son of the Rev. Randy Carter of Pound, Va., and Victoria Faye Harp of Coeburn, Va., he attended the Norton Community Church and Pyles Memorial Chapel in Pound. He enjoyed four-wheeling, weight lifting and playing basketball. Surviving in addition to […]

Rites held for Danny Lucas

Funeral services for Danny Lucas, 73, were held June 9 at Little Cowan Primitive Baptist Church. He died June 6 at Bristol Regional Medical Center in Bristol, Tenn. Born in Letcher County to the late Sam and Pearl Ison Lucas, he was the widower of Linda Akers. He was a brother of the late Richard Lucas, and enjoyed fishing and […]

Michael Spangler, 54, succumbs

Michael Spangler, 54, died May 31 at Pikeville Hospital. A son of the late Jessie Olene Boyd Spangler and Fred Richard Spangler, he was an uncle of the late Charlie Fields. He was a coalminer, an equipment operator, and an auto mechanic. Surviving are a son, Michael Neal Spangler and wife Toshia Lawson Spangler; four grandchildren, Jessica, Xandria, Deonna and […]

Rites held for Mable Cook

Mable Boggs Cook, 87, died June 16 at Pikeville Medical Center. A daughter of the late Johnnie and Sallie Boggs, she was the widow of Lucian Cook. She is survived by a sister, Millie Frazier of Whitesburg. Funeral services for Mrs. Cook were held Monday, June 20, at Letcher Funeral Home in Whitesburg. Burial was in the Lewis Cemetery.

State of Kentucky’s Open Records law reaches milestone

In the 42-year history of the Kentucky Open Meetings Act, there may never have been a more remarkable ruling than the one issued last week by Attorney General Andy Beshear. That’s saying something, since the open-meetings law and the state Open Records Act, which turned 40 on Sunday, are fraught with many opinions – of the attorney general, whose rulings […]

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Souring Chicago’s sweet treat

For generations, kids from age 3 to 100 have loved munching on chocolaty Oreo cookies dipped in a glass of milk. But just over a year, ago, the tasty treat suddenly went sour. In May 2015, bakery workers in Nabisco’s monumental 10-story plant in Chicago’s Marquette Park neighborhood had been expecting some sweet news from their corporate headquarters. Rumor had […]

Why we need surveillance

The FBI had the Orlando gunman under watch — twice — and, after much consideration, decided to stop following him. Was this a mistake? Obviously, tragically so. But in this massive lost opportunity to prevent a slaughter dwells a positive sign for our ability to stop future attacks. Law enforcement at least had its eye on him. Scarier would have […]

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