‘Little Shepherd’ opens June 19

’The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come’ outdoor drama will begin its summer season at 8 p.m., Saturday, June 19 at the Little Shepherd Amphitheatre in Jenkins. Performances of the drama, based on the novel by John Fox Jr. with stage play and lyrics by Fern Oberbey Hilton, will take place each Saturday night. The play is presented by the Cumberland […]


Retired pilot flew presidents

MIDDLESBORO, Ky. A Kentucky native who flew presidents across the world and even to state funerals has retired from active duty. The Middlesboro Daily News reports that Master Sgt. Michael W. King of Middlesboro has hung up his wings after 20 years in the Air Force and eight as Air Force One Crew Chief. King joined the Air Force in […]

Millions forced to wait for food stamps benefits

SAN ANTONIO When Amanda Vaca’s husband lost his job, the couple took stock of their finances and drew a startling conclusion: They could not afford to feed their four young children. So Vaca filled out an application for food stamps. Then, the wait began. A month passed, then two. In some weeks, the food simply ran out. “There was several […]

Services are held for Amy Ison, 30

Funeral services for Amy Susanne Ison, 30, of Cowan, were held June 10 at Kingscreek Community Church. She died in an automobile accident June 8. Burial was in Roark Cemetery at Kingscreek. A daughter of Wayne and Sandie Roark Ison of Kingscreek, she was the wife of James Darren Ison, and was a granddaughter of the late Ed and Martha […]



Wednesday 10 p.m. on TVLAND Hot in Cleveland: The nostalgia based channel launches its first original scripted comedy with this delightful series, which stars a trio of TV comedy veterans — Valerie Bertinelli, Wendie Malick and Jane Leeves — as three friends who, somewhat improbably, rediscover themselves after their Paris-bound flight is grounded in Cleveland, where they impulsively move into […]

Struttin’ Time

Copycats trying to hurt Kids Day?

The morning broke as beautiful as any that I have ever seen over Jenkins on the morning of June 5. The God of Hope was smiling on this little town that time and the modern world have forgotten. That is, all except the good people of this small worked-out mining town and the Kids Day Committee. The committee was back […]

Wanted: 3 days of sun to make hay

Wet, humid weather conditions are making it difficult for local farmers trying to decide when to cut hay. Three days free of rain are needed for hay to cure once it has been cut. If it rains while the hay is drying, mold will start to grow on it. Shad Baker, an agent with the Letcher County Extension Office, said […]

Subpoenas issued in mine probe

CHARLESTON, W.Va. Government investigators have issued subpoenas to reluctant witnesses to the nation’s worst coal mining disaster in 40 years, West Virginia’s mine safety director said. The five subpoenas issued to date have gone to witnesses who skipped scheduled interviews about the Upper Big Branch mine disaster, said Ron Wooten, director of West Virginia’s Office of Miners’ Health Safety and […]