Families and Friends

These ‘mockers’ are for the birds

If you’ve ever read Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird, you know that the book is not at all about shooting birds. Points East On the other hand if you see headlines on the state, local or national news that read something like, “Kentucky newspaper columnist arrested while disposing of popular songbird carcasses”, you may safely assume that the […]

Capturing the Milky Way on camera

Summer is “Milky Way Season” in most of the United States, including Fishpond Lake in Letcher County where Joshua Bentley captured this image between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. on a recent night. “Right now the Milky Way core is visible after sunset,” said Bentley. “I used aNikon D850 camera with a Rokinon 14mm f2.8 lens at 15 second exposure […]

‘Murphy Brown’ talks about return to CBS

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. “Murphy Brown” will weigh in on the MeToo movement when the series starring Candice Bergen returns to a very different world in September, the show’s creator said this week. The 13-episode reboot reunites Bergen as a sharp-tongued investigative journalist and TV anchor with most of the original cast from the CBS show’s initial 10-year run that ended […]

Lange returns to ‘Horror Story’

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. Jessica Lange will return to “American Horror Story” in an episode directed by star Sarah Paulson during the show’s new season. Paulson revealed the news at a TV critics meeting, saying Lange will reprise her role as Constance Langdon. Lange was a four-time Emmy nominee for her work in the FX anthology series’ first four seasons. She […]

Osborne Brothers Festival was a wonderful pleasure

Hello again everyone! How is everything in your little corner of the world? As I have written before, grab a beverage and let’s sit and chat for a spell. This may be a tad bit long. This morning as I walked out on my deck I could feel a bit of fall in the stillness of the morning. It is […]

My visitors from Canada

About 10 years ago I got a phone call from a lady in Canada. She wanted to know how I knew her late father, James Vanover. I told her I met James on my trips to the Dew Line in Canada, after we landed our B-17 bomber in 1946. We never saw each other again. Then, when we both retired […]

Country breakfast planned

The Blackey Improvement Committee will host a big country breakfast fundraiser from 8 a.m. until the food runs out on Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Blackey Missionary Baptist Church dining hall, with proceeds to go to the Blackey Day Festival. The menu will include biscuits, gravy, scrambled eggs, sausage, bologna, jelly, butter, coffee, juice, and milk. Blackey Day t-shirts will […]

Charlene Mason, granddaughter sing together

You know the old saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words”? Well, in case you all haven’t noticed by now, our family is kind of hung up on pictures. We have some of my Papaw’s uncles that are so old they are made of tin. My Papaw Tacket owned a camera as far back as I could remember and […]


Students have different education options after finishing high school

Many students think of education after high school as the traditional four-year college degree. However, students who don’t want to go that route have other options from which to choose, according to the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). One option is to get a two-year degree that leads to a job in the workforce. A second option is a […]

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