When all men are seen as predators

The other day, one of the parenting blogs had a frank and nicely written piece by a woman who came to the exact opposite conclusion I did. She was mulling whether or not to hire a male baby sitter for her child. On the one hand, the young man she interviewed seemed like a dream. He grew up in the […]

Hillard Howard, Bruce Gilley celebrate birthdays


Hello again. Hope you are all doing well. It’s so good to see how pretty everything is looking. Trees are blooming and flowers are looking like springtime. I love this time of year. Belated birthday wishes to my brother Hillard Howard on April 2. I called him in Florida. His daughter Hillary Booker and her family were visiting him. He […]

Jail escapee still at large

Police are still looking for a Letcher County inmate who escaped during work release last week. John Paul Wells, 31, of Deane, and two other inmates had been clearing brush on April 2 when a deputy jailer stopped at Frazier’s Farmers Supply to drop off a chainsaw that needed sharpening. While the deputy was inside the store, Wells jumped out […]

Rethink this engagement

Car Talk

Dear Tom and Ray: I have an issue. OK, not so much an issue, more of an argument between me and my fiance. I just bought a 2008 Dodge Caliber. My new toy has everything I love, including cruise control. I do a lot of highway traveling, and I love my cruise control. My fiance says it’s no good that […]

Stop asking, ‘How did you like …’

I’m shopping for a sweater online, and as so often happens, up pops a “tell us what you think” box. Or I’m on social media, and another social media company hijacks the screen, trying to sell me another product. Then there’s: “How did you like the app?” “Tweet about us.” “Leave a review.” This does three things: It diverts my […]


Theft suspect out on bond

A 34-year-old Linefork woman has pleaded not guilty to stealing $32,240 from a beer and tobacco store in Whitesburg. Susan Faye Sturgill Meade (also known as Susie Sturgill Meade) pleaded not guilty Tuesday morning in Letcher Circuit Court to one count of theft of more than $10,000. During the arraignment, Letcher Circuit Judge Sam Wright set a surety bond at […]

Cruise-in to benefit archery team

The SkillsUSA student club at the Letcher County Area Technology Center will have a car cruise-in to raise funds for the Letcher County Central High School archery team on Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at LCCHS. Proceeds will be used to send the archery team nationals. All cars, trucks, and bikes are welcome. Admission is free […]

The Way We Were

Cook was among 4 here who came back ‘Battle of Bataan’

It was a Saturday night in April and members of a Whitesburg High School organization known as the Girl Reserves were busy with a banquet they sponsored yearly to honor the school’s football and basketball players. As the girls and their guests sat in the basement of the Whitesburg Presbyterian Church for a dinner of meatloaf, potatoes, hot biscuits and […]

Mother Earth wakening from winter sleep


Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach. “A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.” Proverbs 15:18. Spring, a wonderful time of the year when Mother Earth awakens from her winter sleep, yawns and shakes off the last chill of winter. As the mountains green up and the chilly winds become […]