Families and Friends

School column stirred interest



The most commonly queried e-mail I have dealt with over the last week has had to ask how many students attended Blair Branch Grade School, my elementary alma mater, during the 1950s and early 60s. “On Old Blair Branch. On Old Blair Branch. Grand old school of favor. We are loyal sons and daughters, gaily we go right on, marching […]

Senior Citizens enjoying activities



Wonderful news! My sister, Lucille Tacket Graves’s surgery went very well Tuesday. The Bristol Regional Medical Center has the equipment and the doctors that are able to do open-heart surgery without having to stop your heart. Therefore, they don’t have to restart it after the surgery. This lessens the time they have you in surgery and also the recovery time. […]

Wise County Fall Fling is planned Oct. 12-13

The 41st annual Wise County Fall Fling will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., October 12, and from noon to 5 p.m., October 13, in Wise, Va. The event will feature more than 125 vendors selling crafts, food, and jewelry and live traditional music ranging from banjos to bagpipes will be played continuously from two stages on Main […]

Top ten movies this week

1. Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (PG- 13) Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham 2. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (PG-13) Zoe Margaret Colletti, Michael Garza 3. The Lion King (PG) animated 4. Dora and the Lost City of Gold (PG) Isabela Moner, Eugenio Derbez 5. Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood (R) Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt […]

Seeing our family is benefit of living here



Hello everyone, this was a quick week. I hope everyone was able to stay cool. The heat irritates my psoriasis and I don’t go out as much. Luckily, the weather will change soon. Michael Marr of Berea came in to visit John and Faye Campbell of Little Cowan. He brought two of his children, Anna and Tucker, with him. They […]

Moments and Memories of Whitesburg High School


Four win scholarships

The winners of the 2019 Rotary Scholarships are Alyssa Rose, Isabella Back, Madison Adams and Brandon Boggs. Scholarships in the amount of $500 were presented to each of the winners during the July 30 Whitesburg Rotary Club meeting at Pine Mountain Grill. Scholarship winners and their parents were guests of the Rotary Club. Alyssa Rose is the daugh- ter of […]

Don’t like school? Really?



I don’t have much opportunity to associate with the adolescent and younger community these days, but, of the half dozen or so reluctant scholars I have encountered over the last couple of weeks, the chatter has mostly consisted of grumbling about going back to school. So I’m sitting here remembering my own elementary school days from the fall of 1955 […]

Shape note singers sound so beautiful



Hello everyone! This morning it almost feels like a fall morning, and there’s a bit of fog hanging over the valley. Mornings like this I wish I didn’t have anything I have to do, as I wouldn’t move from the back deck after my son Keith Ballard leaves for work. I’m almost too tired and hurting too bad to try […]

Singing heard at Hemphill



Go to our Facebook page for announcements and pictures posted after each event, www.facebook.com/ pages/Hemphill-Community Center, www.facebook.com/Hemphillblacksheep. Check out our two new websites, www.hemphillcenter.org & www.blacksheepbrickoven.org. This past week… Friday night brought us visitors from Maine with a missionary group working with H.O.M.E.S., Inc. We also had visitors from 13 other states and three countries who had come for the […]


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