Makes strange bedfellows

To the Editor: I wonder what happened to the custom-made cowboy boots President Reagan presented Saddam Hussein. Did some looter get them and did they fit? Whose collection claims the photo of Rumsfeld cozying up to Saddam back when Iraq was at war with Iran and the Reagan administration was playing both ends against the middle? We’ve had some strange […]

Kentucky has no plan

While millions of people across the country are finding themselves dependent on life-sustaining home medical equipment, Kentucky does not maintain a complete list of people for whom a power outage could mean life or death. It’s up to individual power companies to track which customers are medical priorities when the power goes out, Andrew Melnykovich, a spokesman for the Kentucky […]

Conference required for nursing students

Hazard Community and Technical College will hold a pre-admission conference next Wednesday (Jan. 21) for the practical nursing program which begins next fall. The conference begins at 3:30 p.m., and will be held in Room 119 at the Technical Campus, 101 Vo-Tech Drive, Hazard, in the Nursing Education Building. A pre-admission conference is an informal meeting to provide information. Students […]


Hayden Clay Lucas celebrated his third birthday on June 11 along with his brother, Kayden Blake Lucas, who turned one year old on June 15. Their parents are Gina Fields and Kevin Lucas of Whitesburg. They are the grandchildren of Dan and Betty Lucas of Thornton, Robert Fields of Isom, and Thelma Goodrich of West Virginia. Their greatgrandparents are Monroe […]

Greg Stumbo will ask ethics panel for review

Newly appointed House Speaker Greg Stumbo says he will ask the Legislative Ethics Commission to look into his personal business dealings. The Prestonsburg Democrat announced his intention in a speech on the House floor late last week after a story in the Lexington Herald-Leader raised questions about his dealings with a variety of businesses that the newspaper said have interests […]

Services are held for Chad Gilliam

Funeral services for Lance Corporal Chadwick “Chad” Allen Gilliam, 29, of Mayking, were held January 12 at Letcher Funeral Home. Burial was in the Haven of Rest Cemetery at Mayking. A son of Paul Gilliam and Mary Ellen Cook Gilliam, he was born in Whitesburg. He died January 3 at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. He was the grandson of the late […]

Getting ready for tax season

The holidays have passed us by, the new year has begun, and tax season is right around the corner. The earlier you prepare for the looming April 15 tax dead- line, the easier it will be to file your taxes. Here are some helpful hints as you begin getting ready for tax season. Make sure your information matches ours. Soon […]

Swollen ankles usually treatable if cause found

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I retain fluid in my ankles and feet. They swell during the day. After a night’s sleep they’re normal size. I have taken a diuretic for a whole year, but it’s no better. Why? My doctor has thrown his hands up at this. — M.P. ANSWER: The swelling will get better only if you find its cause. […]


Chloe Elizabeth Brown turned three years old on Dec. 29. She is the daughter of Richie and Betty Brown of Cowan, and the granddaughter of Debbie Newsom of Neon, Richard and Glenda Brown of Dry Fork, and Mike Bentley of Deane.

Letcher names top students

Students at Letcher Elementary School named to the All A Honor Roll for the third six weeks of school are: Maxwell Bailey, Tyler Stacy, Jenna Belcher, Jesse Roark, Zachary Smith, Caleb Adams, Austin Caudill, Tara Chadwell, Ashley Collins, Ben Cornett, Dalton Seals, Sydney Back, Julie Cornett, Katlyn Jent, Arianna Nichols, Emilie Nichols, and Chandler Sparkman. Named to the A-B Honor […]