Will election settle anything?

The most important issue in the 2012 campaign barely gets discussed: How will we govern ourselves after the election is over? Elections are supposed to decide things. The voters render a verdict on what direction they want the country to take and set the framework within which both parties work. President Obama’s time in offi ce, however, has given rise […]


‘Zombie Prom’ to be at Pound

Barter Theatre will stage a “’50s-style atomic rockn roll musical romp” as the cast presents “Zombie Prom” on Sunday, Oct. 7 at the Performing Arts Center in Pound, Va. The 3 p.m. performance is presented by Pro-Art Association, The University of Virginia’s College at Wise, and Mountain Empire Community College as part of the W. Campbell Edmonds Memorial Concert Series. […]

Cavs go on road to claim 4th win; Knott Co. is next

The Jenkins Cavaliers improved to 4-1 after traveling to Jackson County and defeating the Generals by a score of 21-0. The first quarter ended in a scoreless tie as both team could get little going on the offensive side of the ball. The Generals had their first substantial offensive drive of the game midway through the second quarter and moved […]

Cougars get a needed break after fifth loss

Letcher County Central fell to a record of 1-5 after losing to still undefeated Russell County at home Friday night, 59-14. For the first time this season the offense didn’t move the ball consistently and the defense played a decent game, but couldn’t get off the field on third down. LCC received the opening kickoff and Russell County all state […]

‘Working budget’ has small raise for teachers, workers

A “working budget” approved this week by the Letcher County Board of Education includes a proposed one-percent wage increase for all certified and classified employees. The proposed one-percent wage hike, which is estimated to cost $180,000, would have to be approved by the board at a later meeting. Letcher County school employees haven’t had a raise in five years. The […]

Nixon speech changed politics

Liberals strain to understand why so many blue-collar whites have made their home in the Republican Party. Yes, the GOP better connects with this group on social and lifestyle levels. Still, with working people under so much economic strain these days, it seems odd that they’d let a culture war centered on emotion trump their bread-and-butter concerns. When did this […]

5K run, mile walk set

The first Kingdom Come Swappin’ Meetin’ 5K run and a one-mile walk will be held Saturday, Oct. 6, beginning at 8 a.m. on the Cumberland campus of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College. The event will begin in the lower parking lot of the campus with participants following a course across the city of Cumberland before returning to the campus. […]

Jeremy Cornett, 37, dies in Mich.

Jeremy Cornett, 37, died September 15 in Detroit, Mich. Born in Fayette County to Dan and Donna Bates, now of Blackey, he was a grandson of the late Hobert ‘Poppy’ Caudill. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family, friends and pets. Surviving in addition to his parents are two brothers, Danny Bates II and wife Dionne, and […]