Clyde Hatton hospitalized but is better now


Hello, everyone, time for our visit again. I hope you re all doing well. I’ve been spending most of my time in the hospital. Clyde was in Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital all last week. He has been real sick, but he is back at the Veterans Center now. Shirley Breeding and I went down to spend Father’s Day with our […]


Austin Lloyd Ison was graduated from Mid-America College of Funeral Services in March with an associate’s degree of applied science funeral service. He is the son of Albert Jr. and Rhuelena Ison of Whitesburg, and has a brother, A.J. Ison, and a sister, Ariel Ison. He is a grandson of Frances S. Day and the late Lloyd “Junebug” Day Jr., […]

Kathie Murrell dies in Indiana

Kathie Laura Riley Murrell died June 16 at her home in North Vernon, Ind. She was 52 years old. Born at Craft’s Colly, she was a daughter of Lester and Jackie Stallard Riley of North Vernon, Ind. She was a 1973 graduate of Jennings County High School and was valedictorian of her class at Flager Community College in St. Augustine, […]

Beshear orders special session

FRANKFORT Gov. Steve Beshear has called the General Assembly into a special legislative session to deal with pension reform for public employees. Beshear signed an order Tuesday calling lawmakers back to Frankfort on June 23. The governor previously said he would call lawmakers back to the Capitol if leaders agreed on a plan to shore up the state’s financially unstable […]

Americans continue to take less time off for vacations

As we watch the economy slip into second-rateness, another depressing thought rises. All the toil and stress we’ve put into making America great never translated into the Dolce Vita (sweet life) for ordinary folks. This may be the land of plenty – plenty of stuff and the debt to show for it – but it’s also home of subsistence-level vacations. […]

Loss of friend leaves writer feeling very blue

It’s been about eight weeks since we lost the true “lead Cat”, the point guard for Big Blue Nation. It’s also time I share some of the experiences I had with Mr. Wildcat with you, so this column the next two weeks will be devoted to my ole buddy whom I miss very much as I go through this first […]


Jonathan “Jump” Hatton and Andrea Barker will be married June 21.

County hikes set

The 2008 Mountain Heritage Festival Committee has scheduled three hikes over the next few months. The first hike will take place June 21. Participants will meet Kyle Napier, Nature Preserves manager, at the entrance to Bad Branch Falls. This will be a slow hike as Napier discusses the plants, animals, geology, and history of the area. The group will leave […]

Services held for Billie Jo Bentley

Billie Jo Bentley, 75, of Jackhorn, died June 12 at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington. She was a daughter of the late Richard Brose and Stella Yonts Bentley, and the widow of Willie Bentley. She was a sister of the late Wanda Lee Bentley. Mrs. Bentley was a member of the Little Creek Church of Christ. Surviving are two daughters, […]

Lions Club sets Aug. 1 deadline for scholarship

The Whitesburg Lions Club is accepting applications for the Kendall Boggs Memorial Scholarship. The $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a Letcher County Central High School graduate, $500 per semester, starting this fall semester. The scholarship will be paid to the college the student will be attending in the student’s name. Applications are available at Whitaker Bank locations in Letcher […]