‘Friday Night Lights’ gives viewers looking glass view’ of rural America

Stanley Crouch writes that whenever people pretentiously and proudly announce, “I don’t watch television,” they should follow it up with “I don’t look at America either.” Between cartoonish reality shows and grotesque game shows, there isn’t much dramatic television giving big, clear windows into America. However, on the rare occasion that TV does get it right, it is often the […]


Alexis Paige Fields, daughter of Missy and Wayne Fields of Cowan, is pictured with her first fish ever, caught at Carr Creek Campground the weekend of May 14.

EPA plan to revoke permit is debated

CHARLESTON, W.Va. A largely pro-coal industry crowd urged the Environmental Protection Agency to ease restrictions on surface mining Tuesday. The venue was a public hearing on an EPA plan to veto a key water quality permit for St. Louis-based Arch Coal’s Spruce No. 1 mine. But hundreds of mining industry supporters and environmentalists broadened the discussion to Appalachian surface mining […]

Deadline nears for sewer service

Haymond residents will have until May 28 to sign up for sewer service under the new Haymond Sewer Project at no cost. After May 28, when the construction phase of the project is complete, the tap fee will be at least $3,000.

Gay O’Neal Ison dies in Indiana

Funeral services for Gay O’Neal Ison, 73, will be held today (Wednesday) at Lowell General Baptist Church in Columbus, Ind. A son of the late John D. and Virgie Gilley Ison, he was born in Whitesburg. He died May 16 at his home in Elizabeth, Ind. He was married to the late Darrien E. Sitterding and was the father of […]

Let’s play game of ‘Imagine’

Let*s play a game, shall we? The name of the game is called “Imagine.” The way it’s played is simple: we’ll envision recent happenings in the news, but then change them up a bit. Instead of envisioning white people as the main actors in the scenes we’ll conjure — the ones who are driving the action — we’ll envision black […]

Metal great Dio ‘passes peacefully’

NEW YORK Even as he endured grueling chemotherapy treatments to rid his stomach of cancer, Ronnie James Dio showed the fiery passion that made him a metal legend, flashing his famous devil’s horns signal as he lay in a hospital bed. “This hasn’t really been a problem for me. Cancer? I’ll kick the hell out of you,” declared Dio in […]

Ermine wins 30 medals at Senior Games

Last week Ermine seniors had a full week of fun. Monday, Debbie Pennington was there until 11 a.m. We had a great time with her. Tuesday the County Judge, Jim Ward, was with us for the signing of the proclamation for Elder Abuse Awareness Month for May. After lunch we had Bingo, and we had about 15 gifts to give […]

ATV ride planned at Gordon May 22

The Gordon Fire Department will host an ATV ride Saturday, May 22, at 10 a.m. Registration at the fire department will begin at 9 a.m. The cost is $10 for the driver, $5 for an extra rider, and a limit of two people per ATV. Riders under 14 years old must have an adult rider accompany them on ATV. There […]


The Burdine Campus of Jenkins Independent School held a spelling bee March 25. Winners in the kindergarten through third grade category were (top photo, left to right) Tristen Cantrell, first; Julie Kiser, second; and Allison Johnson, third. In the fourth to sixth grade category, winners were (bottom photo, left to right) Emily Knight, first; Tyler Wyatt, second; and Katie Depriest, […]