Jimmy Lay succumbs at 78

Memorial services for Jimmy Lay, 78, of Jenkins, were held May 29 and May 30 at Millstone Missionary Baptist Church. He died May 24 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. Born in Pine Knot to the late Elbert and Evelyn Lay, he was a brother of the late Ann Vaughn and Margie Craft, and the father-in-law of the late Michael Witt. […]

Cheer Camp set June 10-13

The Letcher County Central High School Cheer Camp will be held June 10-13 at the LCCHS gymnasium from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. It is open to ages 3 years old through 8th grade. The cost is $50, which includes a camp T-shirt. Registration will be June 10 at 8:30 a.m. For more information, contact Donna Perkins at (859) 644-2032.


Avastin fails brain tumor study

New research raises fresh questions about which cancer patients benefit from Avastin, a drug that lost its approval for treating breast cancer nearly two years ago. Avastin did not prolong life when used as a first treatment for people with brain tumors like the one U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy died of several years ago, two studies found. In one, patients […]

2013-06-05 E-Edition

Joy Amburgey, 83, succumbs

Joy Elizabeth Castle Amburgey, 83, died June 1 at Rose Manor in Lexington. Born at Thornton to the late J. W. ‘Sam’ and Maude Short Castle, she was the widow of Earl Amburgey was preceded in death by brothers and sisters Ovid, Carl and his wife Louise, Sam Jr. and wife Mary, Cecilia, and Mildred and husband Arnold. She enjoyed […]

Smith honored for work in education

A Knott County school official has been recognized by Forward in the Fifth for her efforts to advance education in eastern Kentucky. Debbie Joseph Smith, coordinator of the Family Resource Youth Services Center at Carr Creek Elementary School, was presented the Appalachian Leaders in Education (AppLE) Award. She was given the award in the K-12 support staff category at Forward […]


Vinegar test can save lives

A simple vinegar test slashed cervical cancer death rates by one-third in a remarkable study of 150,000 women in the slums of India, where the disease is the top cancer killer of women. Doctors reported the results earlier this week at a cancer conference in Chicago. Experts called the outcome “amazing” and said this quick, cheap test could save tens […]

Ruling against UMW means more trouble ahead

When the word came down from St. Louis last week that a federal bankruptcy judge had approved Patriot Coal’s plan to dump its union contract and its retiree health-care plan, the reaction from the United Mine Workers was about what you would expect. United Mine Workers of America President Cecil Roberts said in a prepared statement that the ruling was […]