How to make the most of grocery shopping

Most people pay for their groceries with three currencies – money, time and angst. Grocery stores are getting bigger and more complicated. Unless you have all day, wandering aimlessly through the store can be frustrating, and it can wreck your budget. “Start with a plan,” says nutritional consultant Susan Mitchell, “preferably a running grocery list that you add to at […]

Company chooses Letcher girl as model for its latest ‘hangtag’

A seven-year-old Letcher County girl is the “National Hangtag Winner” for a California company that specializes in unique clothing for young girls. Hollywood Babe Inc. announced last week that Darhla Shadell Miles, daughter of Avery and Angela Mullins of Premium, was chosen to have her photograph appear on the company’s hangtags, which are small slips of paper attached to an […]


Tire salesman is not trying to snow reader

Dear Tom and Ray: I have a 2004 Mazda Miata (with rear-wheel drive). Most companies advise me that I need to put snow tires on all four wheels. Is this true for my rearwheel drive Miata? Or is this true only for front-wheel-drive cars? – Mark RAY: I understand why you’re suspicious, Mark. I mean, here’s a guy who sells […]

10 Tips for Making Exercise a Habit

Exercise is vital to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. You probably know the importance of exercise to your good health, but finding the time to fit exercise into a busy lifestyle is often a problem. Here are 10 easy tips to help make exercise a part of your daily life. 1. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Stair climbing is […]

Baked eggs with something extra

Skip the bagels and cream cheese. Instead, bake your smoked salmon with eggs for this simple, savory breakfast from “Easy Breakfast & Brunch” by publisher Ryland, Peters & Small. Baked Eggs With Smoked Salmon And Chives Start to finish: 20 minutes Servings: 4 Butter 8 ounces smoked salmon slices, chopped 1 tablespoon snipped fresh chives 4 eggs Freshly ground black […]

County clerk’s office expands

Doing research on deeds, contracts, liens, and other documents housed in the Letcher County Court Clerk’s Office has become easier and more comfortable thanks to an expansion and renovation of the Deeds Room. County Court Clerk Winston Meade said he had set a goal of opening up the cramped spaces in the office and providing more new computers and tables […]

Now here’s a tip

The Very Best Tips of 2007 • “After the rush of the holidays, our family has a little tradition of its own. We reserve one night to watch all our home movies from the season. We usually end up watching some of the other years’ too. And our son has become a whiz at putting together slideshows on DVD of […]

Sad occasions bring families back together


I thought I wouldn’t have a column for a couple of weeks since it is the busy holiday season, but I’ll jot down a few things while I have a spare minute. I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas and remembered to keep the spirit of Christ in their holiday celebration. Our family was saddened with the death of […]

A simple and delicious bread and tomato soup

This hearty, spicy tomato soup from Rick Tramonto’s cookbook, “Fantastico!”, comes together with little trouble, especially if you use canned tomatoes instead of fresh. But don’t cut corners with the Parmesan cheese; use the best you can find. If the soup is a little too thick for your tastes, stir in a bit more stock or water. Don’t use sliced […]

Construction to begin at Carr Creek Lake Marina

Contractors QBS and T&T for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will soon be conducting construction activities at Carr Creek Lake in the vicinity of the Carr Creek Marina recreational area. The marina area is located off KY 15, approximately 1 1/2 miles west of KY 1231. The work will involve installation of stone protection along the shoreline of the […]