Cinderella officially departs the NCAA tourney

The NCAA tournament is at a tipping point. The old model of a dozen or so tradition-rich programs from the six power conferences fighting among themselves for the title year after year is on its last legs. If neither of the so-called mid-majors playing in Saturday’s first semifinal, Butler or Virginia Commonwealth, break that stranglehold this year, one of their […]


Social Security facts for women

While the Social Security program treats all workers — men and women — exactly the same in terms of the benefits they can receive, women need to know what the program means to them in their particular circumstances. Understanding the benefits to which they may be entitled may mean the difference between living more comfortably versus just getting by in […]


Letcher one of state’s least healthy counties, according to new report

By BRUCE SCHREINER The Associated Press LOUISVILLE Health educator Sue Brunk sees the warning signs of unhealthy lifestyles — the junk food, smoking and inactivity — in tiny Owsley County, ranked Wednesday as Kentucky’s unhealthiest place. Diabetes, cancer and heart disease are common afflictions, she said, and many in the sparsely populated Appalachian county fight a losing battle of the […]

Harrellson rises up from comic relief to cult figure

LEXINGTON Kentucky center Josh Harrellson could hear the murmurs when the NCAA ruled freshman big man Enes Kanter permanently ineligible in January. The thought was the Wildcats were done without the highly recruited Kanter. That they couldn’t thrive relying on Harrellson, a little-used reserve who played all of 88 minutes as junior, to serve as their only post presence. Harrellson […]

Services are held for Cora Bentley

Funeral services for Cora Stone Bentley, 99, were held March 18 in Jenkins. Burial was in the Stone Cemetery in Dickenson County, Virginia. Born in Dickenson County to the late Kenos and Elizabeth Fleming Stone, she was one of 12 children. She died March 14. She was a founding member of the Peaks Branch Christian Missionary Alliance Church, and would […]

Strange but true

• It was American educator Laurence J. Peter who made the following sage observation: “An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn’t happen today.” Incidentally, he also came up with what’s known as the Peter Principle: “In a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.” • Ever wonder […]

Car Talk

Start-stop technology is coming Dear Tom and Ray: I wonder if it is possible to take one feature from a hybrid car and use it on a regular car to save gas. When stopped at a red light or stop sign, or dead cold in a traffic jam, why can’t a regular car have the feature that simply shuts off […]

Mayking man faces 23 charges after car crash

A 28-year-old Mayking man has been charged with committing 23 crimes in connection with a recent car crash at Ermine. The charges against Jeremy Shane Ritchie, of 772 Pine Creek Road, are contained in two indictments returned last week by the Letcher County Grand Jury. In one indictment, Ritchie is charged with operating a vehicle under the influence of intoxicants […]