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Beshear has plan to boost veterans’ job opportunities



Democrat Andy Beshear released a plan Tuesday to improve job opportunities for military veterans in his first major policy rollout as his party’s nominee for Kentucky governor. Beshear said his plan will increase access to job-skills training for veterans. The state’s attorney general is challenging Republican Gov. Matt Bevin in the November election. Beshear’s plan includes expanding opportunities for veterans […]

Wreck kills one driver, leaves the other in critical condition

Funeral services were held June 29 for a 25-yearold Cornettsville man killed in a two-vehicle collision at Redstar. A Whitesburg man was in critical condition after the collision last Wednesday evening, about four miles south of Blackey. Nathan Tyler Cole died about 6 p. m., June 26, when his Mercury Marquis crossed the centerline on the two-lane highway and struck […]

Contract for first phase of old hotel project ready for signing

Daniel Boone Hotel first opened this week in 1920

The contract for Phase 1 of renovations to the Daniel Boone Hotel is expected to be signed today (Wednesday), two years after renovations were expected to begin. Structural Systems Repair Group (SSRG) of Cincinnati, which has renovated many of the buildings in that city’s historic Over-The- Rhine district, will begin work on the building on or before August 1, according […]

These turtles found statewide



On a warm day, it’s not unusual to see a row of semi-aquatic turtles basking in the sun on a log floating in a pond, small lake, stream, or wetland. A few species are found statewide, but the highest populations are in western Kentucky. Anglers are probably most familiar with the largest of these turtles. The Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra […]

Jury indicts man in meth-at-school case

A Letcher Grand Jury has returned three indictments against a man accused sending methamphetamines to be sold in Letcher Middle School. Bobby W. Heiston, 21, of 3568 Ky. Hwy. 1148, Whitesburg, is accused of sending “well in excess of 2 grams” of methamphetamine to the school with a student on May 11 of this year. He was arrested five days […]

Gunshot wounds are fatal to Cowan man and woman

A Cowan couple died last week in a double shooting at their home near Bo Fork. No funeral services were held for Ronnie Frazier and Debbie Foss. Kentucky State Police say they do not believe anyone else was involved in the incident, and do not think there is a threat to public safety, but they have not clarified whether the […]

Celebration will mark local center’s 30th year of helping out children

The Sonshine Children’s Center will have a public celebration of its 30th year beginning Friday at 5 p.m., and continuing on Saturday and Sunday. Mary Bennett said she has taken in more than 100 children, many with disabilities, since she founded the home in 1989. The events begin with dinner and gospel music at 5 p.m. Friday, and will end […]

Special session? We have seen this episode already

Gov. Matt Bevin’s newfound confidence that he has enough votes to pass a pension-relief proposal eerily reminds us of the ’80s Ian Hunterpenned Great White classic “Once Bitten Twice Shy.” In other words, fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. A Bevin aide said last week that the governor is confident enough in legislative support […]

Distracted driving is socially unacceptable and,worse, dangerous

While a wide majority of drivers see distracted driving behavior as risky, that did not stop more than 41.3 percent from admitting they had read texts or emails on their phone at least once in the past 30 days, while 32.1 percent said they had typed on their device while driving, according to new data from AAA. Distracted driving is […]

Casey’s Law restores lives

Casey’s Law — the common name given to the law that permits court-ordered involuntary treatment of people suffering from alcohol and drug abuse — is an effective tool for families, but only if it’s used. Established in 2004 by the Kentucky General Assembly to provide an option for parents and family members with nowhere else to turn. Very often a […]


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