Virginia Caudill hospitalized


My sympathy to the family of Traci Pridemore Madden. She died on June 23 at her home. Traci had cancer and had been sick for awhile. She was 38. My heart goes out to all of her family. Late happy birthday wishes to Mary Sue Pinyerd of Jeremiah. It was on June 19. Carrie Cornett of Blackey had one on […]

Lewis rites held

William David “Bill” Lewis, 66, of Partridge died June 25 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital following a brief illness. Born at Lynch, he was a retired coal miner and heavy equipment operator, and had worked more than 20 years with Arch Coal and U.S. Steel. He was a member of the United Mine Workers of America Local 7425 and Fields […]

Vacation Bible school planned

The McRoberts Missionary Baptist Church will hold vacation Bible school from 6 to 8:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, July 6-10. The theme is “Operation Space: A Close Encounter with God’s Word”, and it is open to children ages 4 through teens. Friday evening parents are invited to a dinner and a presentation, and on Saturday morning there will be a […]

The ‘Elected Official Infidelity Quiz’

In the interest of providing the public with a service it has needed for some time — especially these past few days — we proudly present the first failproof quiz to determine: IS YOUR ELECTED OFFICIAL HAVING AN AFFAIR? Look closely at his or her (come on — who are we kidding? — his behavior, and mark “X” next to […]

Coaches: Calipari, UK good for SEC

LOUISVILLE With John Calipari at the helm of the SEC’s flagship basketball program, coaches say the conference is heading in the right direction. In addition to the buzz swirling around Calipari and UK, several of the better players in the Southeastern Conference last year are returning to school. “Basketball in the Southeastern Conference is alive and well,” Ole Miss coach […]

Bailey is graduated

Matthew Bailey of Isom, son of Wayne and Fredia Bailey, was graduated from Berea College in May with a degree in physics. A recipient of the Waldemar Noll Prize, given to the senior physics major with the highest scholastic standing, he was honored at the college’s annual Scholarship Day Academics Awards Banquet.

Church holds services on Little Shepherd Trail

Big Cowan

Hope everyone has a safe and happy Fourth of July. My granddaughter, Rebecca, and her friend, Lexi Ryle, were down this past week from Greensburg, Ind. Sure enjoyed them. It was the first time Lexi had been to the mountains. She really enjoyed it. We took them across Hurricane Gap to Cumberland and then across Pine Mountain back to Whitesburg. […]

Mullins rites held

Johnnie B. Mullins, 72, died June 9 at his home at Mayking. A son of the late Mose and Alice Hubbard Mullins, he was a retired coal miner. He was also retired from the U.S. Army Reserve. He attended the Pine Creek Free Pentecostal Church, and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Surviving are his wife, Novella […]


The Jenkins High School Class of 1964 celebrated its 45th anniversary at Jenkins June 12-13. Those attending were (front row, left to right) Loretta Jean Cook, Kenny Mullins, Susie McGuire Hockensmith, Jo Ann Stofer Slaughter, Phyllis Begley Meade, George Morgan, Brenda Griffin Lucas, Enois Hall, Annarae Hughes Potter, (back row) Franklin Fleming, Robert Dean Collins, David Wash, Michael Webb, Dave […]

Bear encounters up dramatically across Letcher

Bear sightings have become more frequent around Whitesburg during the past few weeks and officials with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources say bears will continue to be visible in Letcher County unless food sources are secured. “It is not uncommon for a bear to show up anytime, anywhere any more,” said Jayson Plaxico, a state wildlife biologist […]