Pink contest set

Zeta Zeta will sponsor the Wipe Out Whitesburg with Pink contest to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation during October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Anyone can participate in the decoration contest by donating $25. Judging will take place on Oct. 26. For more information, call Mandi Parker at (606) 634-8365 or (606) 633-8747.

To perform

Mountain Melody will play Friday, Oct. 19, at Hemphill Community Center from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. For more information, call (606) 633-2708.

Open house set Nov. 10

Benchmark Family Service will host an open house at 6:30 p.m., Nov. 10, at its new office in Prestonsburg, which is located across from the municipal building. Information will be available on how to become a foster parent. For directions to the office, call (606) 886-0163.

Jamey Johnson returns with tribute to songwriting legend

Hank Cochran was one of country music’s greatest songwriters. He was also an opportunist, something Jamey Johnson discovered when he met him at a mutual friend’s office several years ago. “Hank was there, and as I was shaking his hand, Hank pulled out a CD of songs that had my name written on it,” Johnson said of the late music […]

Cajun band here Thursday

Cajun country musicians Joel Savoy, Jesse Lege & the Cajun Country Revival will appear in concert Thursday (Oct. 18) at 8 p.m. at Summit City in Whitesburg. The show is presented by the Pro-Art Association of Wise, Va., and Appalshop. Comprised of multitalented musicians from across North America, the Cajun Country Revival plays music with a joyful spirit that ensures […]

Coal would face problems even without Obama

Is the Obama administration wholly responsible for the high number of employee layoffs and other problems now confronting the U.S. coal industry? Washington Post energy reporter Brad Plumer writes that while some of the environmental restrictions favored by the administration will make coal more expensive to burn, coal’s biggest problem now is the influx of cheap natural gas — gas […]

Church plans fall festival

A fall festival will be held at First Baptist Church in Whitesburg from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20. The free event will include door prizes, games, inflatables, food, crafts and live music. For more information, call 633-2277.

Financial aid has a language of its own

As high school seniors and their parents begin the college financial aid process, they may find themselves faced with unfamiliar terms. This short glossary from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) may help. • Conversion scholarship/ loan. This type of financial aid requires recipients to provide certain services or pay back the funds with interest. • Expected family contribution […]

Sleigh Bells rock Orange Peel

Concert review

While many residents of Asheville, N.C., were settling into bed and preparing for the next day, vibrations of sound were emanating out of the city’s utmost music venue, The Orange Peel. The unique sound bursting from the wall of amps located on the venue’s stage was coming from none other than the aggressive indie band Sleigh Bells. The Brooklyn band […]

First beer shipment arrives

 The first truck bringing beer to Letcher County for legalized package sales arrived just before 2:30 p.m. Friday at the loading ramp outside Food City in Whitesburg. Legal sales have been anticipated since late June, when Whitesburg voters elected by more than a two-to-one margin to expand alcohol sales from restaurant-only. Beer sales at the grocery are expected to begin […]