Bluegrass music set

South Mountain Boys will perform at 8 p.m., Nov. 24, at The Country Cabin II in Norton, Va. The new facility is located across Alternate Rte. 58 from the original Country Cabin, 1 1/2 miles west of Norton. For more information, call (276) 679-2632.


Dealing with the high cost of all-wheel drive vehicles

Dear Tom and Ray: I’m writing to you from hot and sunny Phoenix. My wife and I currently own a 2004 Subaru Forester. We bought an allwheel drive vehicle because we hope to be living someplace where it snows within the next few years. We love the car, but the gas mileage isn’t spectacular because of the AWD. However, the […]

Open season for extra help with prescription drug costs

Do you have Medicare coverage? Do you take prescription medication? Would you like help paying your premiums, deductibles or co-payments? If the answer to these questions is yes, then we have important news for you. If you’re a Medicare beneficiary who has not enrolled in the new Medicare Prescription Drug Program, you may do so during the open season, which […]


Seniors in Colson area welcome new center that opened last week

Senior citizens from all parts of the county crowded into the new Colson Senior Citizens Center on November 16 to celebrate the opening of the county’s seventh center. “It was needed because the people in this area had no place to go and interact with each other,” said Creda Isaacs, of Deane, who has been attending the new center. District […]

Students named to honor roll

Students at Jenkins Elementary School named to the All A Honor Roll for the second six weeks of school are: Fourth grade – Lauren Rose, Alexis Stambaugh, Brandon Pease, Autumn Bentley, Whitney Creech, Emily Johnson, Aron Bartley, Melissa Bartley, Katie DePriest, Brandon Little, Kaytlin Mosley, and Kameron Caudill. Fifth grade – Michaela Hardin, Nicholas Williams, and Kody Damron. Sixth grade […]

Social Security and early retirement

Question: What is the absolute earliest age that a person can retire under Social Security? Answer: An eligible worker may start receiving Social Security retirement benefits as early as age 62. However, if you start your benefits early, they are permanently reduced for each month before your full retirement age. For example, if your full retirement age is 66 and […]

Salome’s Stars

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Restless Rams and Ewes might want to let others finish a current project while they start something new. But if you do, you could risk losing out on a future opportunity. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) The Bovine’s creative forces start revving up as you plan for the upcoming holidays. Some practical aspects […]

Lung disease causes death, disability

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the fourth leading cause of death and the second leading cause of disability in America today, yet many people have no idea what it is. Even those who already have COPD may fail to recognize its symptoms and get properly diagnosed and treated. COPD is a serious lung disease that, over time, makes it […]

Jent family welcomes new baby girl


Stella Dixon of Blackey got to come home from the Pikeville hospital. She had been in almost a week with kidney problems, but she is doing much better. Her granddaughter, Tammy Whitaker, was baptized on Sunday at the Blackey Missionary Baptist Church. Lois Smith of Caudills Branch, has been in the Whitesburg hospital with pneumonia. My sister, Debbie, and I […]