Hats off to reading

On Feb. 23, Jenkins Head Start/ Early Head Start teamed up with the Burdine Elementary School for their annual Reading is Fundamental (RIF) project. Each child between preschool and third grade received packets of hats, and each child was to read or be read to twice daily for two weeks. The hats have a place for information about books that […]

Tyme to play

East KY Tyme, a country/ bluegrass band, will play Friday, March 2, at Hemphill Community Center from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend. For more information, call Astor Taylor, (606) 633-2708, or visit www.eastkytyme.com or East KY Tyme’s Myspace or Facebook page.

Ivan and Freda Adams doing better


Sorry I haven’t written for the last few weeks, so I’ll try to catch back up. Our sympathy goes out to those who have lost loved ones recently. Alamander Blair, who was the son of the late Emmitt and Mae Howard Blair of Doty Creek, died. His wife, Billie Nadine, had been gone for about a year and a half, […]

Feds draft plan to fight Alzheimer’s

WASHINGTON The Obama administration has declared Alzheimer’s “one of the most feared health conditions” and issued a draft of a new national strategy to fight the ominous rise in this minddestroying disease. More than 5 million Americans already have Alzheimer’s or similar dementias, a toll expected to reach up to 16 million by 2050 — along with skyrocketing medical and […]

Three generations make up The Singing Jewells

Three generations are now part of The Singing Jewells, a musical group granddaughter, 12-year-old Krishanna Jewell Banks. The group plans to make a CD soon. Jewell McFall is also a songwriter and has written almost 200 songs. “I am still writing the songs,” she says, “and in the past few years using my writing skills to write several books. One […]

My grandfather, Cornelius Vanover

My grandfather, Cornelius Jay Vanover, born in September 1882 on the old Vanover farm near the mouth of George’s Fork Creek on Pound River, Va. During his life he was a farmer, and some say he was an herb doctor. When the coal companies started their mines in western Virginia and eastern Kentucky, he got a job with them. He […]

Scholarship available

The members of Letcher County Extension Homemaker Clubs will be sponsoring a $250 college scholarship to help a local student continue his or her education for the coming fall semester. The guidelines for the scholarship are: 1. The recipient must live in Letcher County 2. He or she must be a high school graduate or equivalent. 3. He or she […]


Whooping cough shots urged for adults

A federal advisory panel wants all U.S. adults to get vaccinated against whooping cough. The panel voted last week to expand its recommendation to include all those 65 and older who haven’t gotten a whooping cough shot as an adult. Children have been vaccinated against whooping cough since the 1940s, but a vaccine for adolescents and adults was not licensed […]

Earl F. Matthews dies at 92

Earl F. Matthews, 92, died February 16 at his home in Lexington. Born in Harrison County to the late Richard Raymond and Gertrude B. Fightmaster Matthews, he was a brother of the late Marvin H. Matthews and Helen Virginia Brooks, and a brotherin law of the late William Brooks and Clarence Horn. He served in the U.S. Air Force and […]