Disease is killing white tail deer by the hundreds



An outbreak of the disease commonly called bluetongue is killing hundreds of white tail deer throughout eastern Kentucky, and some cases have been reported in southwest Virginia. Bluetongue is a “vector-borne” disease, meaning it is carried by deer parasites, in this cases midges, which are sometimes called gnats or no-see-ums. Deer with the acute form of the disease may appear […]

Car and truck show may bring up to 300 vehicles, performers



The Heritage 2K Car Show, absent from Whitesburg since 2015, makes its return this weekend with an expected 200-300 cars and mini-trucks, a dancing, fire-breathing pickup truck, and a motorcycle stunt show. Car owners and spectators from West Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, Indiana and other states are expected to begin arriving in Whitesburg Thursday in preparation for the show on […]

Ex-Va. teacher sentenced here after meth conviction



Five days short of a year after being arrested during a Labor Day traffic stop, a former Virginia school teacher was sentenced in Letcher Circuit Court last week to eight years in prison on a plethora of drug and traffic offenses. Andora L. Smith, 54, of Pound, Va., was arrested September 4, 2016, near Jenkins in a police road check. […]

5 Tips to Avoid Binge-Watching Guilt



Dozens of streaming video providers are making it easier than ever to watch the TV programming you want when you want it, and exclusive programming released an entire season at a time is transforming the way Americans watch TV. The flip side of this convenience is a surge in binge-watching, which can have some negative side effects, including binge eating. […]

Science tricks to amaze preschoolers



Amaze your preschoolers and young school-age kids with the exciting world of science with these three simple science tricks. They are safe and fun to do at home when you’re looking for something new to share together. DRY HANKIE TRICK Stuff a piece of facial tissue or a hankie into the bottom of a tall plastic cup. Turn the cup […]

Distillery expanding to Myrtle Beach, Lexington



The only legal distillery ever in Whitesburg is about to branch out to Lexington and Myrtle Beach. And Kentucky Mist Moonshine has already branched out from just moonshine to three premium vodkas that are getting noticed at national tastings. Kentucky Mist owner Colin Fultz said the company has worked out letters of intent to open “branding stores” at The Summit […]

Services held for Vera Caudill



Vera Sue Raleigh Caudill, 79, died August 31 at her home on Cowan. Born in Whitesburg to the late Silas and Ora V. Mullins Fields, she was the widow of David Paul Raleigh, and was later married to Thomas Roddie Caudill, who also preceded her in death. She was one of 13 children, nine of whom preceded her in death. […]

Hatton and Turner address constituents about pension crisis

‘Assault on working men and women’

To the Editor: Over the past several days I have received dozens of phone calls and emails regarding the recommendations for the state’s pension systems offered by the governor’s team of consultants. Like you, I am very concerned with the proposals presented thus far. I thank you for contacting me and want to be clear — I believe these initial […]

‘I will actively oppose any change’



To the Editor: With all of the headlines regarding public employees’ pensions lately, I know that many of you are understandably concerned about the future of your retirement. The Kentucky Supreme Court has held that the pension system, which covers most existing employees, is an irrevocable contract between employees and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. It is important to remember that […]

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