The movie theater strikes back with top year

The movie theater was dead, they said. After ticket sales slumped in 2017, due largely to the worst summer season in more than a decade, pundits far and wide predicted the hastening demise of moviegoing, an inevitable casualty to the rise of streaming. This year, the movies flipped the script. This past weekend, as “Aquaman,” ‘’Bumblebee” and “Mary Poppins Returns” […]

Hollywood’s biggets hits and misses of 2018

A look at the biggest box-office hits and flops of 2018: HIT: “Black Panther”: On a budget of $210 million, Ryan Coogler’s superhero film — the first to feature a predominantly black cast — grossed more than $700 million domestically (third highest all-time, not accounting for inflation) and $1.3 billion worldwide. It became the first movie to top the weekend […]

Poll: Christmas carols favored over Billboard hits

Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” is the highestcharting Billboard Hot 100 holiday hit in 60 years, but Americans still prefer hearing carols such as “Silent Night” and “Jingle Bells,” a new poll shows. With Christmas this week, 12 percent of Americans named “Silent Night” as their favorite holiday song followed by “Jingle Bells” at 8 percent, […]

Leaving master switch of cruise control on does no harm to vehicle

Dear Car Talk: There are times when I discover that my cruise control is “on” but not engaged. Is driving like that doing any damage, such as lowering my gas mileage? — Michael No. It’s like having a lamp plugged in, but not turning it on. It’s a safety system, Michael. Most cars have a “master” cruise-control switch. Until you […]

Chelcie Whitaker dies at 80

Chelcie Roe Hall Whitaker, 80, of Clearwater, Fla., died December 2. A native of Ermine, she was a daughter of the late Hillard Hall and Ella Breeding Hall, and the widow of Dillo Whitaker. Mrs. Whitaker was graduated from Whitesburg High School in 1956. She is survived by her three children and their spouses, Pam and Jimmy Norman, Melody and […]

Rites held for Timothy Day

Timothy Doyle Day, 59, of Cornettsville, died December 19, 2018. A son of the late Doyle and Merlene Day, he was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Thurston and Maxie Davis; his paternal grandparents, David and Mattie Day; his father-in-law, Lilly Ison; and a brother-in-law, Andy Fields. Surviving are his wife, Teresa Day; a daughter Victoria Timmeah Day; two […]


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