Paint-by-numbers creator Dan Robbins started a ‘sensation’

TOLEDO, Ohio Dan Robbins, an artist who created the first paint-by-numbers pictures and helped turn the kits into an American sensation during the 1950s, has died. He was 93. Robbins, whose works were dismissed by some critics but later celebrated by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, died last week in Sylvania, Ohio, said his son, Larry Robbins. […]

The championship game at the officers academy

More than 50 years ago at the Noncommissioned Officers Academy at McCoy Air Base, Orlando, Fla., the 155 students would have a slow pitch softball game every Wednesday after class during our five weeks there. These students were said to be the top five percent in the Air Force. During the fifth week, the students would play the instructors for […]

Letcher Co. native Brock named ‘Teacher of Year’

On March 31, Herbie Brock, Rockcastle County High School social studies teacher, was presented with the State Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) 2019 Kentucky State Outstanding American History Teacher of the Year Award. The purpose of the award is to recognize a notable, full-time teacher of history in public, private and parochial schools. Candidates must meet several criteria and […]

Water leaks, beavers plague Neon

Elusive water leaks and an infestation of beavers have plagued the City of Fleming-Neon as spring breaks out. At the April meeting of the Fleming- Neon City Council, Water Manager Chris Banks told the council that city workers have been working with leak specialists from Kentucky Rural Water to find and repair leaks. He said that although they have managed […]


John Ng’s Four Seasons Kung Fu competed at SomerSlam 20 on March 16 in Somerset. The group had wins in all the divisions in which they competed. They will next compete at Elite Martial Arts Challenge in Richmond on May 18.

Stressed? State ranks among top 4 in the country

After the rollercoaster ride the Cats hoops team led fans on Sunday afternoon — falling to Auburn in overtime to miss out on a Final Four berth — is it any wonder that Kentucky ranks as the fourth most stressed state in the country? The Bluegrass State finished behind only Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas and just ahead of West Virginia […]

Another outbreak of ‘Hep A’ results in new warnings

As Kentucky continues to battle the worst Hepatitis A epidemic in the nation, public health officials are warning of another disease outbreak and offering some commonsense tips to avoid spreading or contracting the illness. The Kentucky Department for Public Health announced recently that 20 Kentuckians have tested positive with a strain of E. coli O103. While public health investigators have […]

Preserving historic buildings

For 17 years, the Battle of Leatherwood (BOL) has been collecting buildings such as would have been used in the area, as it replicates “Brashearville”, an early village, grocery, post office and salt works on the field where a Civil War battle over the salt works occurred. The oldest building is a 200-year-old barn donated by the Morton family. Knott […]

ARH workers keep benefits, get pay raises

About 2,200 hospital workers, including 219 in Whitesburg, have a new three-year union contract with Appalachian Regional Healthcare. Members of the United Steelworkers ratified the contract on March 27 after about six weeks of negotiations. The union represents all employees except registered nurses and management at nine hospitals in eastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia. Donna Fields, president of Local […]

Suit by former candidate still in federal court

The lawsuit of a man who was kicked off the ballot in the May 2018 election for Commonwealth’s Attorney because he was not a lawyer is continuing to slog its way through federal court more than a year after it was filed. Chief Judge Karen Caldwell of the Eastern District of Kentucky last week filed an order denying a motion […]

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