Consumer bureau helps prudent too

Let’s set aside the back-andforth over the recess appointment of Richard Cordray as chief watchdog at the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. President Obama named the former Ohio attorney general to lead the agency when the Senate was supposedly out of session, which he’s allowed to do. Republicans refuse to confirm him without changes that would render the bureau toothless. […]

Girls beat Pike, rise in rankings

For the first time since 2007 — the last time Letcher County Central High School won a regional title — the Lady Cougars are back in Dave Cantrell’s state basketball poll in the Lexington Herald- Leader. LCC, with a record of 13-2, is tied with Madison Central for this week’s 25th spot. Lady Cougars coach Dickie Adams said he has […]

Car Talk

When good motor mounts go bad

Dear Tom and Ray: The Toyota dealer where I have my car serviced recommended that I replace the motor mounts. Since I had never heard of motor mounts breaking, except maybe in an accident, I declined. They claim the engine is jumping around and that it is hard on the belts, etc. When I open the hood with the motor […]

‘The Revolution’ is coming

NEW YORK J.D. Roth’s first email upon learning that ABC had decided to air his transformational new daytime series, “The Revolution,” came from his mother-in-law: “You killed Erica Kane!” The network had coupled its announcement of two new series last April with the more distressing news to soap opera fans that “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” would […]

Accepting awards nominations

The 25th annual East Kentucky Leadership Conference will be held Thursday and Friday, April 26 and 27, in Prestonsburg. The goal of this conference is to give everyone who attends the opportunity to be a speaker, listener and an effective leader. The awards banquet that will be held Thursday evening, April 26. The East Kentucky Leadership Conference is seeking nominations […]

A GOP circular firing squad?

WINDHAM, N.H. It isn’t every day that political candidates are asked whether the 10th Amendment allows states to nullify federal laws, but that was precisely the question Rick Santorum faced at a forum here a few days ago organized by a libertarian-leaning group. To his credit, Santorum did not pander to the nullifier. “We had a Civil War about nullification,” […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Crappie active in winter, too

Some fish are more active in warmer water and some, like trout, prefer cold water. Crappie and many other fish stay active in most water temperatures during the year. The crappie is a very popular fish with most anglers. They are fun to fish for and are not super hard to find and catch. Some can grow to 20 inches […]

Rites held for Marcus Monroe

Marcus ‘ Dog’ Edward Monroe, 32, died December 31 at his home in Jenkins. Born in Whitesburg to Norman and Iris Monroe of Jenkins, he was a grandson of the late Vernon Ralph Chandler and Marcus and Elouise Monroe. Surviving in addition to his parents are two sisters, Norma Lucas and husband Byron of Haymond, and Getannia Blair, Payne Gap; […]

Van Halen tickets go on sale Jan. 16

Tickets will go on sale Monday (Jan. 16) for a Louisville concert by legendary rock band Van Halen. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will begin their 2012 North American Tour on Saturday, Feb. 18 at the KFC Yum! Center. Kool & The Gang will open the show. Tickets for the Louisville show are $29.50, $49.50, $79.50 and $149.50, […]

Miss Southeast Pageant planned

The annual Miss Southeast Scholarship Pageant will be held Saturday, Feb. 4, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Edsel Godbey Appalachian Center on the Cumberland campus of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College. The pageant will feature representatives from each of the college’s five campuses. Contestants will compete for the title and will be judged on their appearance, poise, talent […]