Kitchen duty is fun if regular occupant is in bed sleeping

Points East

Early on Christmas Eve — just after the drizzling, foggy, rebel-gray, sort-of “daybreak” announced itself — I hobbled out of bed and wobbled to the kitchen to put on a pot of coffee and to check out the big Bundt cake pan I had put to use just after midnight Monday morning. The pan contained the nowcooled fruitcake I had […]

LCC band needs to raise $70,000 for Inaugural Parade trip to D.C.

Fund-raising efforts are in full force now that the Letcher County Central High School Marching Band and the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Cadet Honor Guard have accepted an invitation to march in the 57th Presidential Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C. “Obviously something like this is monumental,” said Dr. Jason Griffith, LCCHS band director. “What a wonderful history lesson for […]

Christine, James Fields mark 43rd anniversary

Big Cowan

Hello everyone. Hoping all had a good Christmas and glad we are all still here. I never believed the world would end on Dec. 21. The Bible says no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, only God knows. Hope everyone enjoyed the beautiful snow. It was pretty but ready for it to move on. My cousin Nancy Fields […]

Political Cartoon

Water board careful before accepting bid

The Letcher County Water and Sewer District’s Board of Directors deliberated for some time before awarding a bid for the construction of Phase II of the Deane Water Project, including Shelby Fork and Mill Creek. The bid was awarded to Akins Excavating of Corbin, although another firm submitted a slightly lower bid. Steve Caudill of Bell Engineering, a firm that […]

Young storyteller to compete nationally in Utah showcase

David Benning, a seventh grade student at Rosspoint Elementary School in Harlan County, has been named a Kentucky Storytelling Association winner. He will participate in the National Youth Storytelling Showcase in Orem, Utah, Feb. 6-9, as part of the Timpanogos Storytelling Midwinter event. He is the son of Brent and Jami Benning of Baxter, and the grandson of Jimmy and […]

Notable success in 2012

This being the season of giving, it’s worth looking back at some special gifts from November’s election that received little acknowledgement at the time. These victories came in campaigns that had no candidates — no Democrats, Republicans or other party designations. Rather, they were ballot initiatives — policy ideas put to a vote of people themselves. This is an exercise […]

Do’s and don’ts for a hangover

Want to avoid the misery of a New Year’s hangover? Loyola University Health System family physician Dr. Aaron Michelfelder offers the following tips: Before the Party: — Plan to drink moderately — a maximum of five drinks for men and three drinks for women during a minimum three-hour period. — To prevent inflammation, take an anti-inflammatory drug such as ibuprofen […]

Wanda Back dies in Alabama

Wanda Hammonds Back, 66, died December 20, at her home in Fayette, Ala. Born in Bellcraft to the late William Joseph and Cordelia Cuzzort Hammonds, she was the mother of the late Vickie Lynn Back. Surviving are her husband, James Virgil Back; a daughter, Kim Lewis and husband Tim of Fayette, Ala.; two sons, James Virgil Back and wife Chris […]

Online and in your face: Woes of Internet shopping

They don’t like the crowds, the traffic, the parking chaos. They dislike the sameness — the same mall chain stores piping in the same music and selling the same made-in-China sweaters, whether in Spokane, Indianapolis or Raleigh. They stress out when waiting for someone to take their payment. Small wonder that 45 percent of consumers did at least some holiday […]