Two inmates freed, including man whose case helped police bust ex-circuit judge

Two inmates from Letcher County, including one whose case was used to help bring bribery charges against former Letcher Circuit Judge Larry D. Collins, were released from state prison recently. Astor P. Martin, 69, of Democrat, was freed July 27. Martin, who was indirectly involved in a sting which resulted in the arrest and removal from the bench of Collins […]

Painting classses set for Aug. 24-26

Two painting classes will be taught by Joyce Vermillion at the Cowan Community Center. An oil painting class will take place at 5 p.m., August 24. A 16×20 canvas is needed, and the cost is $10. An acrylic painting class for youth will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., August 26. The cost is $5. Each class is limited […]

The Mix for Summer Fun

When it comes to making summer fun, great snacks have to be part of the mix. Campouts, picnics, sports events and family gatherings all call for delicious tasting snacks that are a cinch to make. Best-selling cookbook author Katie Lee knows all about mixing up homemade snack recipes. “My family has always loved making big batches of the Original Chex […]


CLASS PICTURE — This photo of the 1936 fifth grade class at Whitesburg Grade School was sent by Jim Boyd of Lawrenceburg, a class member and later a teacher and assistant coach at Whitesburg High School. He is a son of Nora Gibson Boyd, the oldest of the nine children of Joseph “Hop” Gibson. His wife Martha Anne Holbrook Boyd, […]


NEW ADDITION — Carter Weston Pike was born July 15 at Norton Community Hospital to Jon and Tereana Pike of Cram Creek. He has a brother, Braxton Pike, and is the grandson of Raymond and Nina Dzierzek and Duke and Gloria Pike. His greatgrandparents are Jimmy and Ethel Wagner and Millard and Jackie Lucas.


Spay, neuter clinic planned

Pawz and Clawz Humane Society will host a low-cost spay and neuter clinic on Friday, August 28, and Saturday, August 29. The Humane Society is urging everyone to get their animals spayed or neutered at this time, as it is not sure when it will have another clinic. Volunteers are needed to help with this clinic. To schedule an appointment, […]


• It was Canadian educator Laurence J. Peter who made the following sage observation: “An intelligence test sometimes shows a man how smart he would have been not to have taken it.” • You might (or then again, you might not) be surprised to learn that in this country, the most popular meal, for both lunch and dinner, is a […]

Line dancers entertain at Veterans Center


Hello everyone, hope you are all doing well. Another week has come and it’s almost gone. This was a very busy week for me. Sunday School and church on Sunday, prayer meeting on Monday night, birthday party for the ladies in the church on Tuesday, to the Veterans Center on Wednesday and my Wednesday night at Pine Mountain Grill with […]

Gwen Farmer, daughter-in-law freezing beans

Southern Ohio

Hey folks! Can you believe that summer is almost gone? I feel like I have been asleep and time has simply passed me by! My son Keith Ballard seems to be improving. He spent a couple of nights with me, cut the grass and trimmed around my flowers. He mistakenly pulled up a couple of them that made me want […]