All but one of Kentucky’s 10 unhealthiest counties are in state’s eastern half

All but one of Kentucky’s 10 unhealthiest counties are in the Appalachian hills, where smoking, obesity and poverty are most common, according to a study released Monday. The study, titled “Health of Kentucky,” says most of the health problems in the state are due to poor lifestyle choices, such as tobacco use, unhealthy diets and not enough exercise. The study […]

Concealed carry class scheduled

A Kentucky concealed carry training course will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sept. 22, at the Letcher County Cooperative Extension Office in Whitesburg. This training is required before applying for a concealed carry permit. For more information or to register, call Will Connelly, 633-5012 or (606) 335-9437, or e-mail willconnelly@yahoo.com.

Sports in Kentucky

Football gods smile on Kentucky's Cats

Four weeks into a season and Kentucky is ranked No. 21 in the nation. Clearly, the gods of college football have swung the pendulum. Kentucky didn’t only beat Louisville last week, the Wildcats showed themselves to be SEC “big dog” worthy. Aggressive, physical, deep and poised when time clicks off the clock. Louisville started the night with two gaffes and […]



Services are held for Hank Sergent

Funeral services for Hank Wilson Sergent, seven-monthold son of Roger O. Sergent of Eolia, and April Blankenship of McRoberts, were held September 13 at the Eolia Baptist Mission Church. Burial was in the Phillips Cemetery at Flat Gap. He was born January 20 at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington. He died September 11. Surviving in addition to […]

Rains helped little here

Despite exended periods of rain last week, Letcher County is still 11.64 inches short of rainfall needed to end the present drought, officials with the National Weather Service in Jackson say. Letcher County usually has had 41.98 inches of rainfall at this point of the year. As of 7 a.m. on September 13, Letcher County had received only 30.34 inches […]

The battle to save Robinson Forest

The seemingly endless struggle to protect the E. O. Robinson Forest, an ecological gem that’s in the care of the University of Kentucky, has been renewed. Timber and coal make these 14,800 acres enormously valuable. But so does the opportunity for research that they provide. As the UK Department of Forestry itself says, the forest’s special topography “contributes to a […]

Kick-starting the ‘Chase’

For the fourth straight year the Chase for the NASCAR Nextel Cup has started off in exactly the same manner with one of the Chase drivers claiming a win in the opening race of the 10- race playoff round. Ironically, this year’s first race winner not only claimed the first win of the Chase, it was also his first win […]

Spangler to sing at First Baptist Church

Southern gospel singer Scott Spangler of Bristol, Tenn., will be in concert on Sunday, Sept. 23, at First Baptist Church, located on Madison Avenue in Whitesburg, beginning at 7 p.m. Spangler’s 26 year career has taken him to all 50 states as well as Canada, Mexico and overseas, singing baritone for two legendary groups in gospel music, the Blackwood Quartet […]