Elizabeth Fairchild enjoys visit from her son


Our summer season is going by fast as I have said before. Seems like I don’t have much news any more, not as many coming and going since their parents have passed away. Some people are busy taking care of their gardens. Several attended church at Little Cowan. We are excited about getting the Association this year. Several hundred usually […]

Honeycutt named to EKU Dean’s List

Phoebe Honeycutt, a Letcher County student, was named to the Eastern Kentucky University Dean’s List. She is the daughter of Johnny and Libby Honeycutt of Whitesburg. To be named to the Dean’s List, a student must earn a grade point average of 3.6 or higher.

Music at Norton

South Mountain Boys will perform at 7:30 p.m., August 23, 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) 679-3541.

Judge blocks early releases

FRANKFORT A Pulaski County judge has blocked a plan the General Assembly approved earlier this year to release some inmates from parole early. Kentucky lawmakers authorized the state to give certain paroled inmates credit toward their sentences. So far, the state has granted credits to more than 1,000 inmates. Circuit Judge David A. Tapp issued a restraining order earlier this […]

Don’t trust the polls

There is less reason this election year to trust political polls. The reason for skepticism: More and more Americans are using cell phones exclusively, either abandoning or never beginning the use of traditional landline telephones, and as a result are unlikely to be included in most public opinion polls. … As a result of the spreading, ubiquitous cell phone usage, […]


Letcher County Central High School quarterback Charlie Banks directed his team’s offense during a scrimmage on August 15. The Cougars will open their 2008 football season against Harlan County in the Alumni Bowl at Ermine on August 29.


Sevenyear old Haley Banks, a second grade student at Cowan Elementary School, set a goal of reading 100 books this summer. At last count she has read 109. She had a very busy summer. She spent a week with her cousins, Justin and Jeremy, in Alabama; a weekend with her cousins, Kyle and Cadie, in Covington; and a weekend with […]

Afflicted with ‘Beijing Redeye’

Points East

Last week I went to work four mornings in a row with tousled hair, stubble beard and bags under my eyes. On at least one of those mornings I discovered that I was wearing the same shirt I’d worn the day before and that I’d buttoned it such that I had an extra button at the top and an empty […]

M.A.R.S. Fest set for Aug. 22-23

Eastern Kentucky posses a wealth of musicians, artists, recreational opportunities, and natural beauty. High atop Pine Mountain at Wiley’s Last Resort, the first M.A.R.S. Fest (Music, Art, Recreation, Sustainability Festival) and Black Mountain Memorial will celebrate all these assets and more on Friday, August 22, and Saturday, August 23. Only 200 weekend tickets will be made available at $25 each. […]

Fire School planned

The Mountain Firefighters Association’s 30th annual Fire School will be held Saturday, August 23, and Sunday, August 24, at Hazard Community and Technical College. All classes are free. The classes include basic firefighting, junior firefighting, firefighter rescue, firefighter survival, rope rescue, arson I and II, finding a chaplain, driver’s training, and bloodborne pathogens. Vendor booths will be available and the […]