Services are planned for Johnnie Short

Johnnie Short, 75, of Deane, died August 14 at the Hospice Care Center in Hazard. He was a son of the late Hillard and Margie Spangler Short. Surviving are his wife, Eula Hall Short ; a son, Ricky Short of Deane; a brother, Alex Short of Florida; three sisters, Mary Eva Holesapple of West Virginia, Jeorlene Landrum of New Albany, […]

Whitesburg getting money for bike trail

The Whitesburg City Council heard good news Tuesday night about a grant for a planned bicycle trail and also entered into the planning phase of a monthly “cruise-in” for the city starting next spring. The council learned at its August meeting that the city has been awarded a grant to fund a bicycle trail from the Whitesburg/ Letcher County Farmers […]

Bicycle race starts here Saturday morning

The 4th annual Pine Mountain Summit Challenge bicycle race will be held this Saturday, August 18, beginning in downtown Whitesburg at 9 a.m. Members of the Letcher County Cycling Club, which sponsors the event, says this year’s Challenge will be the toughest yet, featuring a new “Expert Route,” a 42-mile tour that begins on Main Street in Whitesburg and includes […]


Great books from mountain natives

If you are allowing the summer to slip by without anything to relieve your boredom and if you believe that laughter is the best medicine you can take for almost anything, then call me Dr. Adams because I’m getting ready to write a prescription. Retired University of Kentucky engineering professor and Harlan native Richard Glen “Dick” Edwards took up fiction […]

Bevin remarks draw response from Beshear

FRANKFORT Facing a groundswell of opposition from public workers for his proposed pension changes, Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin compared them to drowning victims on Tuesday in that “you just need to knock them out and drag them to shore.” Bevin’s comments came during a live interview with Brian Thomas on WKRC in Cincinnati. He said the state must make […]

Nows Heres a Tip

• If you often wake up in the morning with a neckache, try a new pillow. You can get them with cooling gel inserts, or ones designed especially for side sleepers or in ergonomic shapes. There must be one that will help you wake up refreshed. • “I save the Tyvek envelopes from Federal Express and other mailings to make […]


RECAPS: AUGUST 13 – AUGUST 17 GENERAL HOSPITAL — Griffin was reluctant. Scott apologized. Jason had a theory. Elizabeth was horrified. Josslyn was annoyed. Kiki was on edge. Alexis stated the facts. Franco apologized. Elizabeth understood. Valentin was shocked. Sonny got an unexpected visit. Alexis was cautious. Sam was asked to do a favor. Griffin was stunned. Franco was furious. […]

Strange But True

• It was British Prime Minister Winston Churchill who made the following sage observation: “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” • There are lots of sports fans out there, and a lot of sports to enjoy: football, basketball, soccer, baseball, hockey … olive oil wrestling? OK, maybe there […]

17th annual Charlie Company reunion

I just returned from my 17th annual Charlie Company reunion in St. Louis, Mo. Every year what’s left of us gather for good food and good times. These are the Vietnam veterans who served with Americal, 19th Brigade, Charlie Company. The group constantly searches for men who served with that company from 1966 to 1971, its time in Vietnam. There […]

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