The United States of Gambling

A surprising fact: Gamblers spent more last year at commercial casinos in Indiana than they did at non-Indian casinos in all but three other states — not surprisingly, Nevada, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The 11 casinos and two racinos (horse racing tracks with slots) are the Hoosier State’s third-largest source of tax revenues. Cleary, the idea that gambling is sinful […]

Vauldra Holbrook buried at Ermine

Vauldra Holbrook, 89, died May 16 at her home at Mayking. Born in Letcher County to the late Joe and Betsy Adams Craft, she was the widow of Curtis Holbrook. She was the mother of the late Ricki Fields. Surviving are a son, Anthony Holbrook of Bowral, New South Wales, Australia; a brother, Joe Curtis Craft of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; a […]

Wildflower has smiley face


Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center. “Charity suffereth long, and is kind,” I Corinthians 13:4. As each spring brings with it the rebirth of nature and newness of life, I find it especially pleasant to receive a visit from a bird I’ve never seen before or a wildflower that makes its way to my yard. I’m […]

Baby boomers face hepatitis C risk

For the first time, the government is proposing that all baby boomers get tested for hepatitis C. Anyone born from 1945 to 1965 should get a one-time blood test to see if they have the liver-destroying virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in new draft recommendations. Baby boomers account for more than 2 million of the 3.2 […]

Rites held for Robert Thornsberry

Robert Reedy Thornsberry, 87, of Whitesburg, died May 17 at Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital. A son of the late Andrew Jackson and Malissa Slone Thornsberry, he was retired as hospital administrator of ARH, was a U.S Army veteran, and was a member of the Sergent United Methodist Church. He was a brother of the late C. B. ‘Lummie’ Thornsberry, Fred […]

County officials blast federal EPA

Accusing the federal Environmental Protection Agency of committing “administrative malpractice” and “egregious overreach upon the coal industry,” the Letcher County Fiscal Court this week adopted a resolution demanding the agency speed up the issuance of coal mining water permits in eastern Kentucky. The resolution, signed by Letcher County Judge/Executive Jim Ward and adopted Monday night during the court’s May meeting, […]

Jerry Collins responds

To the Editor: I was recently informed that I had been threatened in your newspaper. He or she had threatened to investigate my personal information and sue me. Perhaps I can help this ‘anonymous’ person in their quest. You will quickly learn that I have no voting or police record anywhere. You will find no vehicle or driver’s license, no […]

Golf tourney set for June 9

The annual Lillian Faye Simpson Southeast Scholarship Golf Classic, an event that generates funds for scholarships for students wishing to attend Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College, will be held Saturday, June 9, at the Sleepy Hollow Golf Course in Cumberland. The event, an 18-hole, select-shot best ball scramble format competition, will get under way at 9:30 a.m. with registration […]

Speech team competes at state

The Letcher County Central High School speech team has been participating in regional and state competitions for three years. In those years, the team has increased in size and in honors received. Each year the number of students competing in state has doubled. This year the team had its first state finalist, Drew Raleigh, in Humorous Interpretation. The students compete […]