Mass shootings: Enough is enough

How many more times will we read about this stuff?Gun violence, mass shootings — enough is enough.How many more shell casings found at the scene?Before we start to look away from the screen.How many tears will fall for a lost oneA mother, a father, a daughter, a son. How many days will we spend weeping?Until we wake up from this […]

Who do you want to pay for state’s pension debt?

The Kentucky Legislature met in a special session this summer to give a little relief to government agencies such as public health departments, faced with skyrocketing pension costs that could force a substantial number of them to dramatically scale back services or even close. The special legislation may have saved some health departments for now, which means vital services for […]

Blackjewel miners were sucker-punched

Scott Cox got sucker-punched. First, by President Donald Trump, who promised to bring the coal industry back to its former splendor, despite plenty of evidence to the contrary. Then by Cox’s employer, the Blackjewel coal company, which lured him to a high-paying job in the mines then abruptly went bankrupt and clawed back three weeks of wages, leaving Cox and […]

Emma Bates is Rogers Scholar grad

Letcher County Central High School student Emma Bates graduated this summer from The Center for Rural Development’s 2019 Rogers Scholars program. Rogers Scholars—The Center’s flagship youth program—is an intensive one-week summer program that provides valuable leadership skills and exclusive college scholarship opportunities for high school students in Southern and Eastern Kentucky to help seize their potential as the region’s next […]

‘Canning’ then and now

Not long after Loretta started her career as a family development and management specialist with Kentucky State University, I made the mistake of telling her how my mother, and most other women on Blair Branch, went about canning up to a thousand or more quart jars of vegetables, fruits and preserves every year. My wife was up to date on […]

Isom robbers still at large

Police are apparently still looking for two men who robbed the Isom Double Kwik more than a week ago. Kentucky State Police M. Trooper Jody Sims said two men, one armed with a knife and other “possibly” with a handgun, robbed the convenience store about 3:40 a.m. on July 29. Both men were wearing bandanas over their faces, Sims said. […]

Football field is dedicated to Dr. Quillen

The Fleming-Neon Middle School football team honored Neon dentist Dr. Sam Quillen on Tuesday by dedicating the Fleming Neon football field to him. Coach Ben McCray made the dedication in a surprise ceremony. State Rep. Angie Hatton also presented Quillen with a governor’s award for his service. Quillen has been a longtime supporter of the football programs in the county, […]

Be wary of student loan repayment companies

If you’re paying back federal student loans, be wary of sales pitches from companies that offer to help you lower your payments, warns the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). Some companies charge high fees for filling out forms that you can do for free. Many will want to charge monthly fees for monitoring your loans. Again, you can do […]

Hotel work to begin

Construction and demolition equipment should begin showing up next week at the century-old Daniel Boone Hotel in Whitesburg. Structural Systems Repair Group of Cincinnati was the successful bidder last month, and had until August 1 to begin mobilizing to work on the building, the roof of which collapsed last year. Pavement markings outlining the area within which the work will […]

Legislature OK’s a misguided bill

For more than a dozen years now, the General Assembly has approved several far-reaching reforms of the state’s public retirement systems. The most successful of those followed a simple formula: They were bipartisan, and they reflected the input and support of those directly affected. In recent years, however, that approach has been abandoned, and the result has led to numerous […]

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