Families and Friends


THORNTON BEAUTIES — These daylilies native to eastern Kentucky stand out along KY 1862 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Collins near Thornton Gap. Mr. Collins has enabled the daylilies to spread over the past few years through good mowing practices and “Please Do Not Spray” signs left for the state highway department.

Free tickets available

The Little Shepherd Outdoor Drama will have a Fourth of July special. Free tickets will be given to anyone bringing a paying customer. For more information, call 606-832- 1453. Showtime is 8 p.m. Concessions will be available.


THE EPICENTER OF BEAR COUNTRY – A fiberglass bear statue decorated by the community stands in a park in downtown Cumberland. A Letcher County man was bitten by one of the many black bears around the town when he thought it was dead and tried to move it from the road where it had been hit by a car. (Photo […]

Rain, flash floods hit southern Ohio

Hello everyone! Are you staying dry in your little corner of the world? This little corner of the Ohio Valley area sure has been hit hard with rain and flash floods. A huge log washed into the hayfield across the road from my house. My son Keith Ballard took several pictures for me to see. There are new condos built […]

Cleaning your grill

Many of us enjoy the wonderful taste of food cooked on a grill, but cleaning the grill — not so much. Regular grill cleaning is important to help extend the life of your grill and for food safety purposes. Plus, it makes your food taste better. The easiest way to remember to clean your grill is to do so immediately […]

Exhibit to honor Father Randall

Many art students got their start with art lessons from Father Edward Randall who was priest at the St. George Catholic Church in Jenkins. An art exhibit in his honor and memory is scheduled for the week of July 8-13 at the Jenkins Library. Any former students can exhibit not more than two of their favorite paintings. Because of limited […]

Vanover’s shy years

I walked the four miles roundtrip to Burdine School from Cane Branch where there was this very pretty girl I was nuts about for the years I went there. I was very good in all sports during my school years. We lived on a 100-acre farm and I had to get home after school, and go into the field to […]

Jack Burkich surprised by visitor from the past

Whitesburg I saw these two wonderful posts on Facebook this morning and wanted to share them the very first thing this week. It’s things I have been asking you to pray for what seems like forever. First, little Laney Webb’s mom, Michelle Webb, posted on Monday the 24th: Cecilia Swiney and Carol Begley, Sarah Hall, Etta Terry, Jack and Harry […]

Black Sheep marks first anniversary

Go to our Facebook page for announcements and pictures posted after each event, www.facebook.com/ pages/Hemphill-Community Center or www.facebook.com/Hemphillblacksheep. Check out our two new websites: www.hemphillcenter.org and www.blacksheepbrickoven.org. Wow, like double wow! We were pleasantly surprised at the number of folks who showed up the celebrate one year of Hemphill Community Center doing business as Black Sheep Brick Oven Bakery and […]

Looking forward to driving again

Hello everyone! Well, summer is finally here by the calendar. It is very chilly here in this section of the Ohio Valley area. My son bought a new window air conditioner which is in the living room. Since I am more confined to the living room, I keep the air more on fan, as it gets too cold for me. […]

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