2010-01-13 E-Edition


Pike County judge chides Kentucky Power Company

PIKEVILLE, Ky. A judge-executive in eastern Kentucky is criticizing a power utility for “pure neglect” he said led to widespread outages during a recent winter storm. Pike County Judge-Executive Wayne Rutherford said Kentucky Power Co. has not done an adequate job of clearing tree growth around power lines in right of way areas. “Everyone in this county has noticed for […]

Isom man charged with making meth in his home

A 52-year-old Isom man was arrested Tuesday night after police found a meth lab in his home. Gary Smith, of 282 Marlin Lane, was charged with possession of a controlled substance first degree (methamphetamine), manufacturing methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a meth precursor (first offense). “In Letcher County so far we hadn’t really had a problem with meth but it […]

Keith Ballard recovering after hospital stay Southern Ohio

Happy New Year! I sure hope this isn’t a continuation of the old! I hope for new beginnings and a new direction for myself. I can’t speak for anyone else. I want to thank everyone for their prayers and well wishes concerning my son Keith Ballard, who is finally out of the hospital after a 14- day stay. I traveled […]

Selling a city’s soul for chicken scratch

Fire hydrants deserve more respect. They are utilitarian and ubiquitous icons of America’s urban landscape, yet they’re rarely noticed by anyone but dogs — who give them no respect whatsoever. Now, though, a brand-name corporation has noticed that these pieces of our public infrastructure are everywhere, and, like a dog, it wants to lift its leg on them! KFC, the […]

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 […]