Memorial services held at area cemeteries

Sunday, May 23, was the memorial service at the Hop Gibson Cemetery. We were blessed with perfect weather, great preaching by Woodrow Fields and Johnny Banks, and beautiful singing, which somehow sounds better outside. The cemetery was well tended and decorated. This meeting is an annual event since the late 1920s. There were five folks in their 90s and some […]

Meet the Grads

Jenkins High School graduating class of 2010

Shortage of self-rescuers affecting nation’s miners

CHARLESTON, W.Va. One of just two major makers of emergency air packs for U.S. coal mines has stopped selling the devices because they often don’t automatically start and the industry fears it will lead to a shortage, officials said Wednesday. Underground mines must increase stockpiles as their operations grow. Government rules require the nation’s 50,000 underground miners to wear an […]

Services held for Phyllis Brown

Phyllis Brown, 60, of Deane, died May 19 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. A daughter of the late Howard and Helen Cress Sturgill, she was a sister of the late Ricky Sturgill, Dorothy Sturgill, Shirley Sturgill and Helen Shepherd. Sur viving are her husband, Astor Brown; two sons, Pokey Brown of Payne Gap and David Brown of Ft. Campbell; a […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Fishing in a small Georgia lake

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to do fishing on a 10-acre private lake in Calhoun, Ga. This lake has been around for more than 50 years, and the stories of bass more than 12 pounds being caught there are many. So I was very excited to get to fish it. The first day I got to fish, it […]

Mason Salyers named 2010 Rogers Explorer

The Center for Rural Development has named Mason Salyers of Letcher County as 2010 Rogers Explorer, also making him part of a record number of participants this summer thanks to the addition of a new summer session on a third Kentucky college campus. The Center has invited 90 students from southern and eastern Kentucky to become Rogers Explorers and spend […]

Letcher County Central High School graduating class of 2010

LCCHS students not pictured Benjamin Adams Jessica Ison Kayla Adams Shawna Jones Ashley Ball Kayla Kiser Gilbert Bates Catherine Correa-Salgado Robert Blair Brad Sexton Remus Crawford Jared Sexton Isis Curi Brandon Smith Nona Davis Ethan Smith Heather Gibson James Stamper Robert Huff Rachel Tackett William Hughes Chad Wells

Judge to company: Don’t tip miners about inspections

LOUISVILLE A federal judge has ordered an eastern Kentucky mining concern to stop alerting miners to surprise inspections by federal regulators. U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove in London issued the order barring Manalapan Mining Co. of Pathfork from warning underground miners, in violation of the federal Mine Safety and Health Act, that inspectors are on site. The order stems […]

Ottie Mae Bilz succumbs in Indiana

Ottie Mae ‘Ginger’ Bilz, 71, died May 30 at her home in Madison, Ind. Born in Whitesburg, she was a daughter of the late Walter and Alzie Ada Amburgey Centers. She was a stepdaughter of the late Richard Garriott, the mother of the late Allen R. Naylor, and a sister of the late Shirley Jean Centers Facemire. Funeral services will […]

NASCAR, Charlotte get it right

When NASCAR began its search for a location for its Hall of Fame a few years ago, Charlotte immediately began putting together a package to land the coveted attraction. The city was the hub of the sport with its close proximity to all of the major race teams, plus it had Charlotte Motor Speedway that played host to the sport’s […]