MLK breakfast set for Jan. 16

The annual Community Unity Breakfast, held in celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and sponsored by the Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College Student Support Services, the Upward Bound Program and Office of Diversity, will be held Saturday, Jan. 16, at 9 a.m. at the Benham Schoolhouse Inn. The keynote speaker for the event will be […]

Snow packs stores with people


Hello everyone. I hope you are all doing well and keeping warm. It has been so cold I’ve been in hibernation and just get out when I or my critters need food. When they mention snow, I run to the store, and so does everyone else. The stores were packed with people. It’s a good time for their business. I […]

What would you do without family, friends?

Northeast Ohio

Hello family, friends and faraway relatives. Not a whole lot of good news right now. One member of the household is one-armed and the other has shingles in his right eye. His whole face is swollen and it’s going into the other eye. Our youngest greatgrandson, 4-year-old Alex, was run over by a pickup truck, but luckily, and thanks be […]

Health care: Easier than it looks

WASHINGTON Reaching agreement on a health care bill is harder in theory than it will be in practice. Between now and the day the measure goes to President Obama’s desk, there will be many crisis points, much posturing and dire warnings of impending failure. There are real differences between the bills passed by the House and the Senate. The last […]

County being asked to pay part of $400,000 bill to EPA

The Letcher County Fiscal Court was told this week that it may eventually have to pay a portion of a $400,000 bill to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to cover costs of cleaning up a fire at an Ashland landfill in 2006 where tires from Letcher County were shredded and used as an alternate daily cover material for the landfill. […]



Grin and bare it

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who resolved to get in shape this year but lack motivation, booking a flight at an airport near you might be just the ticket to push you to feel the burn. Whenever you fly, you’re used to tossing your bags on a conveyor belt and then removing shoes and enough clothing to […]

Bid-rigging trial opens

LEXINGTON As a federal corruption trial began Tuesday against a former Kentucky Cabinet secretary and an influential road contractor, the prosecutor alleged their “cozy” business relationship broke the law but the defense countered that the two men are victims of overreaching investigators. Former Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert and contractor Leonard Lawson stand accused in U.S. District Court in Lexington of […]