2008-02-13

Quiet at Daytona means NASCAR doing things right



DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. Two-time series champion Jimmie Johnson took a trip to the Florida Keys. Crew chief Tony Eury Jr. visited Sea World. And some of NASCAR’s top officials played golf. All was quiet – for a change – at Daytona International Speedway earlier this week, just the way NASCAR wanted it. Cheating scandals rocked the Daytona 500 the previous […]

Allison Day cited for good grades



Allison Lynn Day of Whitesburg has been named to the dean’s list for the fall 2007 semester at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg. Full-time students who have obtained a cumulative scholastic standing of 3.5 and have no grade of “I” are eligible for the dean’s list.

Wrestling show canceled



Pro wrestling is getting smacked down by the CW network. The long-running “Friday Night Smackdown” won’t be airing on the CW this fall, the network and World Wrestling Entertainment said. No reasons were offered. Although no details were disclosed for a new home for the show, candidates might include NBC Universal, whose USA cable channel already carries “WWE Raw,” and […]

Victims named



A husband and wife have been identified as the victims killed in a house fire in southern Perry County. The fire broke out around 8:30 p.m. Sunday in the Leatherwood Community, just off Route 699. Police say the victims are Rufus and Mazie Shepard. Firefighters say they found Rufus Shepard’s body just outside the doorway, and Mazie Shepard’s body inside […]

FutureGen developers say they’ll try to save project



MATTOON, Ill. Developers who hope to build an experimental central Illinois power plant say they’ll try to work with the White House and the Department of Energy to get the project back on track. The power and coal companies known as the FutureGen Alliance will also work with Congress to get money for the $1.8 billion project, said Paul Thompson, […]

Keep it open



Apparently Reps. Jim Wayne, D-Louisville, and C.B. Embry, RMorgantown, think it’s OK to dispense huge amounts of taxpayer money without telling the public who is getting it. They have filed a bill that would let winners of lottery prizes remain anonymous. There’s an endless list of circumstances in which individuals who get public benefits would rather not be subjected to […]

Sports in Kentucky

'Bubble' talk now surrounds Kentucky basketball

Memphis . . . North Carolina . . . Kansas . . . UCLA . . . Prime contenders all, for NCAA Tournament top seeds. But the emerging fun-to-watch dark horse group on Road to the Final Four is more eye-catching in February. Louisville, Purdue, Tennessee and Washington State one or all could be at the Georgia Dome on last […]

Hughes honored



Whitesburg High School graduate Jolene Nicole Hughes has been named to the dean’s list for the 2007 fall semester at Bellarmine University in Louisville. Hughes is pursuing an accelerated clinical lab science degree. The dean’s list recognizes students who achieve a 3.5 grade point average or better on a fourpoint grading system.

Nelson Donald Froste, 89, dies



Nelson Donald Froste, 82, of Whitesburg, died February 10 at the Veterans Center in Hazard. Born in Letcher County, he was a son of the late Joseph Bascum and Rachel Froste. He was married to the late Opal Siegriest Jones. Froste was a 1942 graduate of Whitesburg High School and a Navy veteran of World War II where he was […]

Fleming-Neon water supply still running short



The Fleming-Neon City Council heard good news and bad news concerning its water situation. Water Department Superintendent Carlos Phillips told the council that although the water level is constant and gaining slightly, the city is still facing a water shortage. “We’re holding our own,” said Phillips. “It’s gaining a little, but nothing to brag about. We’re not out of the […]