Gabby’s fishing fever

Jig fishing for bass in winter

The jig has always been a top producer in winter of both largemouth and smallmouth bass. When the water temperatures are above 50 degrees, some anglers prefer a rubber skirt jig with a plastic trailer, then switch to a hair jig and a pork-type bait when the water is below 50 degrees. This combination of a hair jig and pork […]

Martha Fields, 89, dies in Somerset

Martha Ratliff Fields, 89, of Eubank, formerly of Kingscreek, died January 3 at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset. A daughter of the late James and Betty Ratliff, she was the widow of Owen Fields and the mother of the late Edward Gay Fields. Surviving are two sons, Stan Fields of Seymour, Ind., and Delbert Fields of Columbus, Ind.; a […]

Drug-resistant TB now in U.S.

LANTANA, Fla. It started with a cough, an autumn hack that refused to go away. Then came the fevers. They bathed and chilled the skinny frame of Oswaldo Juarez, a 19-year-old Peruvian visiting to study English. His lungs clattered, his chest tightened and he ached with every gasp. During a wheezing fit at 4 a.m., Juarez felt a warm knot […]

Pictures sought of old school

Big Cowan

Hello everyone. I hope everyone is staying warm. It sure has been cold. My cousin, Agnes (Bill) Maggard in Columbus, Ind., fell down her steps and hurt her ankle and knee. She said she is bruised up pretty badly. I don’t know what it is about our family and steps, but they don’t get along with each other. Carla Maggard […]

Answer to your air-bag problem — no charge

Dear Tom and Ray: I recently purchased a 2009 Chevy Traverse. My wife, who is a vertically challenged 5 feet 1 inch, likes to sit on a cushion to gain greater visibility. However, when she sits in the front passenger seat with a fabric material cushion, the warning light indicates that her seat’s air bag is off. So, currently, in […]

A silent winter at NASCAR

When it became apparent that success on the Sprint Cup circuit had a direct correlation with the amount of money and resources at the disposal of an owner, NASCAR decided to make some changes. The sanctioning body set limits on the maximum number of teams one owner could field in the series and it also began limiting the number of […]

Ballard Bentley rites are held

Ballard Bentley, 84, of Neon, died January 2 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. Born in Letcher County, he was a son the late William Payne and Nancy Stewart Bentley, and the father of the late Wilma Ann Bentley. Bentley was a retired coal miner and a member of the Neon Church of Christ. He was a brother of the late […]

Testing and Diabetes Control

Keeping blood glucose at near-normal levels helps people with diabetes avoid long-term complications, which can affect the eyes, nerves and kidneys. Testing blood glucose lets you see how well your medications, eating plan and exercise routine are working to achieve this goal. Self-Monitoring Self-monitoring using a blood glucose monitor should be performed each day, at scheduled times determined by your […]

This is global warming?

Points East

I’m really confused about all this global warming bull being foisted on us by the high and mighty numskull squad of overfunded, self-righteous scientists and the good old United States news media. My little corner of the globe has been getting colder and colder over the last couple of years. I don’t deny that we’ve had a few consecutive warm […]


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