Make statement with strawberries, chocolate morsels

Independence Day calls for a celebration with plenty of fanfare, and I think there’s no better way to celebrate this patriotic holiday than with friends, family and food. With sparklers to light, there’s no time for a lot of fussing in the kitchen, so I like to host a potluck. Nothing is as friendly, down-home and all-American as a “pitch-in” […]

MSHA report finds own performance ‘unacceptable’

Federal mine safety officials overlooked obvious violations, declined to take serious enforcement actions, and wrote regulations that were far too weak at three mines where 19 miners died last year, according to three new internal Labor Department reviews. Staff cuts, agency reorganizations and an emphasis on “compliance assistance” also eroded the ability of the department’s Mine Safety and Health Administration […]

Kidney disease speeds up heart disease

WASHINGTON Hearts and kidneys: If one’s diseased, better keep a close eye on the other. Surprising new research shows kidney disease somehow speeds up heart disease well before it has ravaged the kidneys. And perhaps not so surprising, doctors have finally proven that heart disease can trigger kidney destruction, too. The work, from two studies involving over 50,000 patients, promises […]


BIRTHDAY – Dorothy Miles of Cowan, celebrated her birthday on July 3.


GRADUATE – Whitesburg Police Department Officer Justin Gayheart was graduated from the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training’s Basic Training Academy. Officers from 18 agencies attended the course.

Fried catfish tasty and healthy

The satisfying crunch of deepfried food is a rare indulgence for anyone trying to cut fat and calories. And with good reason. Though a golden, crispy fried catfish fillet served with fresh corn on the cob and homemade coleslaw makes a perfect summer supper, the fish alone will pack nearly 500 calories and 29 grams of fat, or nearly half […]

Mayking man faces two drug counts

A Mayking man was arrested last week after cocaine and methamphetamine were found in his possession, authorities say. Danny R. Collins, 52, of Bottom Fork Road, was charged by the Letcher County Sheriff’s Department with two counts of first-degree possession of a controlled substance. Collins, who was riding a 1999 Harley Davidson motorcycle, was stopped by police on US 119 […]

U.S. circumcision rate drops

SAN FRANCISCO On the eighth day of her son’s life, Julia Query welcomed friends and family to celebrate his birth and honor their Jewish heritage. But there was no crying, no scalpel, no blood, no “mohel” – the person who traditionally performs ritual circumcisions in the Jewish faith. In fact, Elijah Rose’s “bris” differed markedly from the ceremony long used […]


SECOND BIRTHDAY – Mayson Elizabeth Lee turned two years old June 15 and celebrated her birthday with a Princess party. She is the daughter of Jamie Lee. Her grandparents are Deborah Hibbitts of Wise, Va., and James Lee of Thornton. She is the greatgranddaughter of Rhudell Spears of Whitesburg.

Scholarship offered

The Whitesburg Lions Club is seeking applications for the Kendall Boggs Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship honors Boggs, a 64-year member of the Lions Clubs International, and a longtime educator serving Harlan and Letcher counties as a teacher, a principal, and superintendent of the Letcher County School System. The $1,000 scholarship – $500 per semester – is available to a student […]