Make change in hunting tactics

Most turkey hunters won’t enjoy a totally secluded spot when the season opens April 17. The small size of Kentucky’s average farm and an estimated 90,000 turkey hunters means many of us must hunt in places where a competing hunter may be just a ridge or two away. If you find yourself in a heavily pressured spot this season, try […]

Rites are held for Vernon Whitaker

Venon Whitaker, 56, died April 9 at his home in Cornettsville. He was a son of Ora Watts Whitaker of Cornettsville and the late Venson Whitaker. S urviving are two sons, Phillip James Whitaker and Jordan Whitaker, both of Redfox; three brothers, Manuel Dean Whitaker of Jeremiah, Denzil Whitaker of Leatherwood, and Rick Whitaker of Hallie; and four sisters, Grethel […]

Drivers urged to use caution at local construction projects

Spring is here and so is road construction season. Officials with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KTC) are encouraging motorists to pay attention to surroundings while driving in work zones. “What we are trying to emphasis is for motorists to be alert,” said Sara George, information officer with the KTC District 12 office. “The public sometimes doesn’t pay attention.” Chuck Childers, […]

Daily exercise fights ‘fatso’ gene in teens

CHICAGO A new European study suggests that one hour of moderate to vigorous exercise daily can help teens beat the effects of a common obesity-related gene. In the study, teenagers had their blood tested for a variant of what scientists call the “fatso” gene. The teens wore monitoring devices for a week to measure their activity. Exercising an hour or […]

Life gets crazy with two little boys

Blair Branch

Hello all, I hope this finds you doing well. As usual, I find myself needing to say sorry for my absence. Life gets crazy with two little boys to tend to. It seems like it is always late Monday afternoon before I find a second to even think about writing and by then it is too late to send anything […]

HCTC to hold songwriters night

Artists Les Taylor of Exile, Mitch Barrett and Bernie Faulkner will highlight Mountain Songwriters Night, hosted by Josh Pennington on Friday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the First Federal Center. This is a coffee house performance. The show is presented by HCTC Greater Hazard Area Performing Arts Series, in partnership with the Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music, […]

Justice dazzles; ‘DeMarcus who?’

Weekend all-star game gems bring sparkle to basketball fans along I-64. Louisville. Elisha Justice gave Cardinal fans an eyeful in the Derby Festival all-star game. Mr. Basketball dazzled with numbers: dozen points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals, and determination. Walk-on? No, a steal. Kentucky. Two words should move Wildcat fans to ask “De- Marcus who?” by Christmas. Eligibility […]

Services set for Jimmy Hampton

Jimmy Wayne Hampton, 58, died April 11 at his home at Jackhorn. A son of the late James and Aileen Bentley Hampton, he was a coal miner, enjoyed hunting and fishing, and was a member of the NRA. Surviving are his wife, Starla Fleming Hampton; a daughter, Melissa Collins and husband Johnny of Isom; a son, Tommy Hampton and wife […]


Pictured are three chicks which were recently sold at the Letcher County Extension Office. More than 100 chicks varying in breeds are expected to hatch soon. Day-old chicks are $2 each and feathered-out chicks are $3 each. Proceeds go to the Letcher County Poultry Club and will help fund a trip to the Kentucky State Fair to exhibit student poultry […]

CDC: Cigarette taxes rose in 14 states

“The industry is aggressively moving to undercut and blunt these taxes —Terry Pechacek, CDC

ATLANTA Fourteen states, the nation’s capital and the federal government hiked their cigarette taxes last year, but health officials worry that tobacco company discounts are keeping prices down. State increases ranged from 10 cents per pack in North Carolina to $1 in Connecticut, Florida and Rhode Island. Meanwhile, manufacturers devote billions of dollars on marketing and on promotions to reduce […]