Services are held for Andrew Short

Former Mayking resident Andrew J. “Andy” Short, 70, of Jeffersonville, Ind., died January 14. A son of the late Ben and Elizabeth Adams Short, he was a brother of the late Alma Polly and Minnie Rupp. Short was a co-owner/operator of S&S Waterblasting Company. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and a member of the Bassmasters Fishing Club and […]

Mable Duke retires from EKCEP

Blackey native Mable Duke has retired as executive director of the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program Inc. (EKCEP) following a highly successful 22-year tenure with the Hazard-based workforce agency. Jeff Whitehead, an 18-year employee of the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (EKCEP), has been tapped to lead the Hazardbased workforce development agency as its new executive director. Duke’s years […]

McCain is still facing threat of rejection by Republicans

WASHINGTON John McCain is feared by Democrats and liked by independents. That, paradoxically, is why he may yet be rejected by Republicans, even though he has bent over backward to satisfy conservative demands. McCain exorcised the ghosts of South Carolina on Saturday, winning a critical primary in a state where he was viciously savaged eight years ago by George W. […]

NASCAR buzzing about Toyota after test sessions

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida After a difficult – some may even call it disastrous – inaugural season at NASCAR’s top level, Toyota has made marked improvements in its Sprint Cup program. The two weeks of preseason testing at Daytona International Speedway showed that the 11 Camrys are fast and ready to challenge for wins. Although Kasey Kahne posted the fastest overall […]

Virginia Dare Back to mark 80th birthday


My sympathy to the family of Tim Fields of Letcher. He was killed in a work-related accident on Jan. 14 at Linefork. I had to take my daughter Jennifer to the hospital Jan. 12 and she was admitted. She had a bad kidney infection that if left untreated could have caused her to go into premature labor. I spent the […]


Work on US 119 should begin this spring, officials tell crowd

Construction is expected to begin this spring on U.S. 119 between Eolia and Partridge, near the Harlan County line. State highway officials visiting Letcher County said bids for construction should be awarded in February or March, and that the widening and straightening of the twolane road will begin soon after. The Department of Transportation officials Keith Damron and Sara George […]

‘Timber theft’ not same as ‘timber trespass,’ says UK expert in hardwood


While timber theft and timber trespass have received a fair amount of media coverage recently, Jeff Stringer, UK associate extension professor for hardwood silviculture and forest operations, said the problems have existed for a number of years, and there are measures woodland owners can take to protect their trees. “I get two to three calls per month from property owners […]

The TV diet

It’s been nearly three months since the writers went on strike. The TIVO broke a month into it, and no one in my house has bothered to fix it. We watched the last episode of “House,” and that was that. We’ve seen all the “Law and Order: SVU’s,” given up on “Grey’s Anatomy,” and the big TV has pretty much […]

Wildcats are now competing, but are badly undermanned

Billy Gillispie’s Kentucky Wildcats are now competing and fighting like cornered junkyard dogs, but they’re tremendously undermanned and therefore lost two tough basketball games last week on the road in the SEC at Starkville, Miss. 69-64 and in Gainesville, Fla. 81-70 in OT. Both were very much winnable but the Cats couldn’t finish like UK teams traditionally have finished in […]