City earns $5,050 from alcohol sales

The decision by voters to legalize the sale of alcohol in some restaurants appears to be a financial windfall for the City of Whitesburg. The Las Peñas Mexican Restaurant this week paid the city $5,050 – the amount due for a six-percent tax on gross revenue that was approved by the Whitesburg City Council shortly after the limited sale of […]

The Rove question

Why is Karl Rove attacking Hillary Clinton? Since he announced he was leaving the White House, Mr. Rove, the president’s longtime strategist, has made more news than ever. In two interviews, one with Rush Limbaugh and one with Reuters, he repeated and expanded on his earlier criticisms of Mrs. Clinton as a “fatally flawed” candidate. He told Mr. Limbaugh, “There […]

25 percent of heart attacks are painless

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Please answer some heart attack questions for me. I can’t find the answers. Is it possible to have a heart attack and not know it? What’s going on when a heart attack happens? What’s considered standard treatment? – P.R. ANSWER: A heart attack takes place when there’s an obstruction of blood flow in an artery serving a […]


Jordan Ilic (left), a 2007 graduate of Letcher County Central High School, is presented with a scholarship check by Jack Burkich, president of the Letcher County Teachers’ Credit Union. The scholarship, given for the first time this year, is open to children of credit union members. Ilic was graduated with a 3.7 grade point average, received the Commonwealth Diploma, and […]


Larry and Vanessa Napier of McRoberts, and Harvey and Jan Tackett of Jenkins, announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their children, Misty Dawn Napier and Jordan Harvey Tackett. The couple will exchange vows at 1:30 p.m., September 1, at the Neon Church of God. The custom of an open wedding will be observed and family, friends, and neighbors are […]

Brooks says new album is coming

Garth Brooks has announced that a greatest hits package called “The Ultimate Hits,” with four new songs and a DVD full of videos, will be released on Nov. 6. Brooks, 45, retired in 2001 to be a stay-at-home dad. He said he has no plans to tour, but said he will be promoting the album. (AP)

Official says Utah miners are likely buried

CASTLE DALE, Utah Cody Allred closes his eyes and pictures his father and five other miners sitting in the impenetrable darkness of a collapsed mine waiting for a sign, any sign of rescue. “I picture my dad wondering ‘Where the hell are they? Any time now,’” he said. Federal and mine officials are less hopeful. Knowing there has been no […]

This presidential campaign looks very long and boring

Are you thoroughly bored yet by the presidential campaign? Your civic score will lose no points if you say “yes” to the question and “no” to the growing tedium of Decision 2008. The most overrated recent event has to be the Iowa Republican Straw Poll, for which Fox News crowned Mitt Romney the “Big Winner.” The former Massachusetts governor triumphed […]

Plan to get fit now in Week 6

If you have made it this far, then you are well on your way to finishing this plan and have already done a lot to improve your health. There are just a few more weeks until the Mountain Heritage Festival race, but I hope you will continue to exercise long after these articles have finished running. If you have not […]


Ashton Gage Ritchie was crowned Mr. Riverside Park in a pageant held August 6 at Jenkins High School. He also won best personality, prettiest eyes, and prettiest smile. He is the son of Jeremy Ritchie and Virginia Potter, both of Neon. His grandparents are Guylene Fannin of Seco, Tony and Melissa Brown of Goose Creek, and Virginia Wilder of Dunham. […]