Squirrel hunting

All For Fun

Grandpa loved to hunt, and he really didn’t care what he hunted just as long as he was out in the woods. He liked to hunt with all the grandkids when he could. We were always trying to get the best of him in a gun trade or trying to beat him in a shooting match. Neither one was easy […]


Snow didn’t stop fire dept. dinner


Hello again from Hemphill. Last week was an exciting week. We had our dinner for the Neon Fire Department and it was a success. Santa arrived and had gifts for all the little ones. It was an exciting day because we didn’t think we could make it to the center for all the snow and ice we had, but several […]

Wreck kills woman, 50

Authorities say an x-ray technician who was killed in a traffic accident in Letcher County on Saturday may have fallen asleep before her vehicle crashed into a pickup truck and a tractortrailer. Kentucky State Police Sgt. Keith Justice said Debra Lynn Sparkman, 50, of Littcar in Knott County, was heading south on US 119 at Kona around 11 a.m. on […]

Some dreams refuse to die

Last week, as millions of Americans toiled, Republican senators complained about having to work so close to Christmas. “Disrespecting one of the two holiest of holidays for Christians,” Sen. Jon Kyl boomed. “Sacrilegious,” Sen. Jim DeMint thundered. Two days later, these selfanointed champions of Christianity joined 53 other senators to defeat the DREAM Act, which would have helped thousands of […]

Salome’s Stars

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) A hectic period begins to wind down. Take time to draw some deep breaths and relax before getting into your next project. A long-absent family member makes contact. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) You’re eager to move forward with a new challenge that suddenly dropped in your lap. But you’d be wise to […]

We could be in for a bad winter


Sorry I haven’t had a column in the last couple of weeks. I just couldn’t get in the mood to write. The combination of cold, snowy weather and four days without water kind of took away my motivation. Many families have been touched by sadness since my last column. Faye Taylor of Isom died because of complications from her recent […]

Worry-free wreaths you can build just in time

“Tick tock,” goes the clock, and the holidays are near. Are you ready? Don’t panic. There’s still time to craft a beautiful Christmas, with wreaths that can be made in minutes or a few hours. These ideas also can be used to create garlands, tabletop decorations or to deck out the Christmas tree. Start with a noble fir or pine […]

Adams hopes he can rebuild his guitar shop

James Bennett Adams watched Friday evening as the two-story building he built with his son years ago burned to the ground. “We lost a lot of memories there,” said Adams. “It’s a total loss. In about an hour and a half it was done.” Adams and his oldest son, Rocky, built the structure located beside KY 15 at Van near […]