Now here’s a tip

• The end of the year is a great time to pick up next year’s holiday decorations at a discount. Before you pack away your holiday lights, ornaments, cards, etc., do an inventory and see if you are able to find what you need to complete your look at a slashed price. • Computer grocery lists can make not only […]

Board OK’s controversial school changes

The Letcher County Board of Education has voted to close the Beckham Bates Elementary School at Colson, to turn Martha Jane Potter Elementary School at Kona into a kindergarten through Grade 5 facility only, and to change Fleming-Neon Elementary School into a middle school for students in grades 6 through 8. The board also voted to transition Beckham Bates students […]

No performance Christmas Eve

The Country Cabin II in Norton, Va. will be closed Saturday, Dec. 24. The facility is located across Alternate Rte. 58 from the original Country Cabin, 1½ mile west of Norton. For more information, call (276) 679-3541.

Kentucky walk-on Malone is injured

Kentucky has announced walko n guard Sam Malone tore a ligament in his left knee in the Wildcats’ win on Saturday night against Chattanooga. Malone played in six games and has scored a total of six points and has two rebounds in 13 minutes while becoming a fan favorite. Malone played 3 minutes in the third-ranked Wildcats’ 87-62 victory over […]

Quit jazzing up Christmas carols

Could we please stop pimping the carols? Carols are just fine the way they were written — and particularly fine the way Nat King Cole sang them. They have, often enough, words that fall on the notes. They have recognizable tunes, usually beautiful. They do not need to swing, sway or swagger any more than they have done these past […]

Strange but true

• It was American journalist and satirist Ambrose Bierce who made the following sage observation: “There is nothing new under the sun but there are lots of old things we don’t know.” • Those who study such things say that when a ladybug is frightened, it squirts a foul-smelling goo from its knees. • You might be surprised to learn […]

Services held for Gracie Lou Ison

Gracie Lou Ison, 91, died December 9 at her home at Jeremiah. A daughter of the late Lenville and Mary Smith Adams, she was the widow of Elisha Ison, and the mother of the late Phyllis Watson. She was a sister of the late Gillis Adams, Otis Adams and Omar Adams, and the mother-in-law of the late Joe Swichtenberg. She […]

Letcher urged to cut water use; contract awarded for Thornton

Letcher County Water and Sewer District customers were asked to voluntarily cut back on water usage this week after a treatment plant in Knott County failed. Letcher County officials began notifying customers of the need to voluntarily conserve water late Tuesday afternoon. The alert will remain in effect until a new treatment plant at Carr Creek Lake can be repaired. […]

The best TV shows of 2011

NEW YORK Don’t look back. Maybe that’s one lesson to be drawn from TV in the year past. At least, nostalgia didn’t exactly pay off for the networks. ABC’s Kennedy-era drama “Pan Am” hasn’t soared in the ratings, and even with all the bunnies, NBC’s short-lived “The Playboy Club” was clearly missing a lucky rabbit’s foot, Meanwhile, ABC’s update of […]

Sue Carol Collins dies at 75

Funeral services for Sue Carol Auton Collins, 75, were held December 17 at First Baptist Church in Whitesburg. Burial was in Green Acres Cemetery at Ermine. Born in Lola to Charles and Myrtle Bentley Auton, she was a member of Bisbee Baptist Church in Mansfield and the local T.O.P.S. Surviving are her husband, Eddie B. Collins; a daughter, Lynn Morris […]