Who’s on first?

Depending on which poll you believe, Obama is either up by 3, 7 or 9 points, or down by 1, 3 or 5. Or none of the above. Figuring out who’s going to be on first in November (which is the only time that counts) is not something you can do just by looking at a photograph of where people […]

Moments in Time

• On May 31, 1859, the massive clock-tower bell known as Big Ben, located at the top of the 320-foothigh St. Stephen’s Tower, rings out over the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London, for the first time. Just two months later, however, the heavy striker cracked the bell. • On May 30, 1911, the inaugural Indianapolis 500 is run at […]

Police say suspect exposed himself to women 3 times

Police have charged a Whitesburg man with exposing himself on three separate occasions in Jenkins during the last year. Jeremy Christopher Colley, 32, of 73 Eagle Creek Road, is accused of flashing himself to a Girl Scout troop, a woman and a group of cheerleaders in Jenkins. Jenkins Police Chief Thomas Bormes said a Girl Scout troop was selling cookies […]

Young ignore skin cancer warnings

The warnings about skin cancer from too much sun don’t seem to be getting through. Half of U.S. adults under 30 say they have had a sunburn at least once in the previous year — about the same as a decade ago, according to a new government survey. In fact, the modest progress reported five years ago has been wiped […]

The slippery slope of advice

At the risk of reading a lot — and I mean a LOT — into one cautionary little tale, today we examine a recent article in The New York Times: “A Surprising Risk for Toddlers on Playground Slides.” Turns out that extremely loving, extremely cautious parents who, rather than let their kids navigate the slide on their own, put them […]


The Jenkins Homecoming Days Festival Committee will have a hotdog sale May 17 to May 19 at the Jenkins IGA parking lot. Hot dogs, barbeque sandwiches, chili in a bag, candy, cakes and pies will be sold. Profits will benefit the entertainment at the homecoming festival scheduled for August 23 to August 25.

Clara Helen Bledsoe dies at 80

Clara Helen Jones Bledsoe, 80, of Partridge died May 13. Born in Ohio to the late Obie and Sallie Robbins Jones, she was the widow of James Bledsoe She was a sister of the late Orville Jones, A.J. Jones, Donald Jones, Ira Jones and Irma Smithers, and the mother-in-law of the late Gail Bledsoe. Surviving are two sons, Alan Bledsoe […]

FDA delays new rules for sunscreen

Sunscreen confusion won’t be over before summer after all. The government is bowing to industry requests for more time to make clear how much protection their lotions really offer. The Food and Drug Administration ordered changes to sunscreens last summer but gave their makers a year — until this June — to get revised bottles on the shelf. The changes […]

What’s making this old farm tractor stall?

Car Talk

Dear Tom and Ray: Do you ever address questions about old farm tractors? Our 1945 Farmall- A starts well and runs well for about 10-20 minutes, but then it starts to miss and then stalls out, typically while going up a slope — even a small one. Along with our local mechanic, we checked out the carburetor (the original Schebler), […]

Diabetes workshop planned for May 23

A diabetes workshop will be held at the Letcher County Extension Office at 1:30 p.m., May 23. This workshop is free and open to the public. For more information, call 633-2362.