Strange But True

• It was journalist, entrepreneur and philanthropist Esther Dyson who made the following sage observation: “The Internet is like alcohol in some sense. It accentuates what you would do anyway. If you want to be a loner, you can be more alone. If you want to connect, it makes it easier to connect.” • In China, the Beijing Traffic Management […]

Christmas celebration

The City of Whitesburg is asking businesses to decorate for Christmas. Its ‘Christmas in Our Hometown’ will be held December 10 at the James W. Bates Bridge, beginning with a parade at 5 p.m. Trophies will be presented to businesses with the best decorations. Cash prizes will also be given to the best floats.


EQT’s home city bans drilling for natural gas

The home of the largest natural gas producer in Letcher County and Appalachia has banned natural gas drilling inside its city limits. Pittsburgh, home of EQT (formerly Equitable Resources), become the first city in gas-rich Pennsylvania to ban natural gas drilling after city council members, citing health and environmental concerns, unanimously approved the measure Tuesday. The council received a standing […]

Thurman Tackett dies in Ohio

Thurman ‘Jay Bird’ McKinley Tackett, 63, died November 12 at his home in Marion, Ohio. Born in Jenkins to the late Frank Harvey and Leitha Ray Tackett, he was a brother of the late Billy Tackett, Donald Ray Tackett, Ulysses Grant Tackett, Lexie Lee Ambrose and Patricia Lou Phelps. Tackett was a horse trainer for 35 years, and was a […]

Struttin’ Time

Dealing with dreary old November

Bear hunting is in my rear view, and I finally realize that I’m down to my last few days of hunting in 2010. I just returned from finishing up my bear hunt in North Carolina, but the Big Boy who climbed my tree didn’t return for a rematch. Enough said. We will live to fight another day. I will be […]

Moments and Memories of WHS

Orell T. Collins by F. Byrd Hogg Orell T. Collins, former chairman, president and chief executive officer of Nalco Chemical Company, Oak Brook, Illinois, died March 15, 1985 of what has become known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. He had retired from Nalco Chemical on September 1, 1984. Nalco Chemical Company is one of the largest chemical companies in the world. […]

Letcher Manor sponsors 13th Tree of Hope

Letcher Manor Nursing Home is sponsoring its 13th annual Tree of Hope. The tree is covered with residents’ names and volunteers are asked for a $10-$15 gift for a resident. Gifts should be taken the nursing home by Dec. 15, and gift wrapping will be provided if needed. For more information, call 633-1434 ext. 23.

Delivering early cheer

WMMT to host call-in show on gas drilling

On Wednesday (Nov. 17) from 6-7 p.m., WMMT-FM will be hosting a special “Mountain Talk” concerning gas extraction in the Appalachian Region. Mountain Talk’s guest will be Kentucky Resource Council’s Tom Fitzgerald. WMMT said the program will address the pros and cons of natural gas extraction in the region and explore the potential impact of the industry on our economy […]