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About those TV ads

Points East

If you watch television at all, say 15 minutes a day, chances are good that you’ve seen a commercial advertisement for at least one prescription pharmaceutical or another. I’m not going to mention any specific brand names in this column other than the fictional ones that I make up as I go along, because I figure that if the real […]

Now here’s a tip

• “Before traveling, I write down the numbers, expiration dates and contact information for any credit cards I plan to bring with me. I keep one copy hidden in my luggage, and another is left with a friend back home. This way, if anything happens to my wallet, I can easily call and cancel cards and arrange for replacements.” — […]

‘Flimflam’ would take overtime pay

My state of Texas seems to have an inordinate share of nincompoops in public office. But it’s only fair that officeholders from other place be considered before deciding which state is the nincompoopiest of all. Give credit to Pennsylvania, for example, whose GOP governor, Tom Corbett, recently scored big nincompoop points by explaining why his state ranks 49th in job […]

Nearly half of JHS grads will get scholarship help

The Jenkins Independent Schools Board of Education heard good news at its May meeting about the end of the school year and some strange news as well. Of 41 seniors in the 2013 graduating class at Jenkins High School, 22 received scholarships to area colleges. Superintendent Deborah Watts told the board she was very pleased with the result and attributed […]

Eli Hatton celebrates birthday


Hello everyone. Hope you are all doing well. This has been a very interesting week for me. My great-grandson, Eli Hatton, a son of Julie and Jamie Hatton, had a birthday party last Sunday evening. It was a great party with a large crowd of beautiful children and also three of our local doctors, Jonathan Hatton, Heath Cook and Byron […]

She thanked God …

It was a flash of joy against a relentless backdrop of despair. So, of course, the video of Barbara Garcia’s happy news went viral. Just as predictably, her breathless moment of gratitude sparked debate on virtually every site I could find that posted the video. Garcia mentioned God. That’s all it takes. The interview clip starts with the elderly Garcia, […]

Music, arts festival is bigger, better

The Agrestic Music and Arts Festival is back. The format has changed some from last year’s event and instead of an all-day concert, this time it will be a two-day event. “It’s much, much bigger,” said Malinda Hull, one of the event organizers. Festivities will begin at 3 p.m. on May 31 at River Park in Whitesburg. Folk Soul Revival […]

Cowan Music School to open June 24

The 12th annual Cowan Creek Mountain Music School will be held June 24-28. The school will offer courses in banjo, fiddle guitar, mandolin, dulcimer, singing, and Kids on the Creek, an arts and music class for kids ages five to 10. Other faculty members include Bruce Greene, Jimmy McCown, Jamie Wells, John Harrod, Sarah Howard Montgomery, Betty Vornbrock, John Haywood, […]

‘Correctness’ has gone way too far

Do you have a right not to be offended, ever, by anything anyone else says or does? If you find someone boorish, insensitive or prejudiced, can you just say you’re offended and — poof — that person disappears? Pretty much, yes. If you’re at college and you’re offended by someone’s remark of a sexual nature, that is now enough to […]