Fuel behind grass-roots rage

So what exactly is the Tea Party movement and why has it risen up? The ferocity of its opposition to President Obama is mystifying to political progressives. Most of the left simply doesn’t see him as especially liberal, let alone “socialist.” Obama, after all, is the man who saved the banks and the capital markets. Now the bankers are secure […]

Topix.com’s posting policies are criticized by state officials

After receiving dozens of calls and complaints from citizens across Kentucky, Attorney General Jack Conway has asked Topix. com, an interactive message board website host, to provide information regarding its policies dealing with abusive posts that violate the website’s terms of service. Conway’s Office of Consumer Protection has received calls and complaints from citizens who allege that false and defamatory […]

KSP accepting applications for new Citizen’s Academy

The Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard is accepting applications for the second annual Citizen’s Police Academy. The academy provides an in depth look at the Kentucky State Police, as well as an opportunity to interact with troopers. Topics covered include patrol, criminal investigations, and drug investigations. Students will also get to take part in simulated traffic stops and […]

Tina Walters, Virgil Combs come home from hospital


My sympathy to the family of Don Bates of Letcher. He died Feb. 7. Don had cancer and had been sick for awhile. Tina Walters of Blackey has recently been in Whitesburg Hospital. She was in for about a week with a bad infection. She got to come home Feb. 8. Virgil Combs spent about a week also in WARH. […]

Moments In Time

• On March 6, 1475, Michelangelo Buonarroti, the greatest of the Italian Renaissance artists, is born. His most important early work was the Pieta (1498), a sculpture that showed the body of Christ in the lap of the Virgin Mary. Demonstrating masterful skill, Michelangelo extracted the two perfectly balanced figures of the Pieta from a single block of marble. • […]

Why leaving a good tip really matters

“Take a good look around And if you’re looking down Put a little love in your heart.” — Jackie DeShannon

In the early 1990’s, I was one of the nation’s top producers for a mutual fund company. One of the head dogs from New York came to Kentucky to see what I was about. He took me to dinner at Rick Pitino’s fancy restaurant. He was rude, overbearing and berated the servers. He liked to lord it over the “little […]

Gordon man charged after pills, marijuana are found in his home

A Gordon man was arrested on several drug-related charges Tuesday evening after police found marijuana and controlled substances in his residence. More than three pounds of processed marijuana, 200 pain pills and $2,500 in cash were seized on Feb. 16 from the residence of Jerry Halcomb, 46, of 378 Valley Branch Road. Lt. Brian Damron of the Letcher County Sheriff […]

Mountain Music School set for June

The ninth annual Cowan Creek Mountain Music School will be held June 21-25. The school brings together some of the country’s finest old-time musicians with students of all levels. Courses to be off ered are banjo (four levels), fiddle (four levels), beginning and lead guitar, old-time string band, harmony singing, and Kids on the Creek, an arts and music class […]

Downtown Whitesburg looking pretty


Hello everyone, hope you are all doing well. Are all of you as ready as I am for the snow to go away? On Friday it was melting, but according to the weatherman it was coming back over the weekend. I thought I would try and get my news in early and beat the snow. Have all you hometown people […]

Car Talk

The procedure to follow if gas pedal sticks

Dear Tom and Ray: Recently, there was a large recall of Toyotas because the gas pedal could get stuck on the floor mat and cause the car to keep accelerating wildly. Yesterday the pedal got stuck in my 2008 Honda Accord. What should you do if such a thing happens? — Dan RAY: Well, whether the gas pedal sticks because […]