Still remembering ‘Tony’

In the endless cycling that has all but overtaken my profession, if you had anything to say about actor James Gandolfini’s death, you were supposed to write it, post it and move on within 24 hours of his passing on June 19. As we all learn sooner or later, grief doesn’t work that way — especially when the death is […]

Back-to-school bash, Kids Day

The Letcher County Kids Day Committee will hold a back-to-school bash from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, July 26, at Riverside Park in Whitesburg. The free event will include fire truck and train rides, pony rides, a raptor program, a watermelon eating contest, Isaacs inflatables, a stick pony race, a petting zoo, face painting, and a mechanical bull. […]

Letcher Co. Police Beat

Monday, July 8 • At 3:10 p.m., a representative of Chesapeake Energy calls the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Office to report a burglary at a natural gas well site at Eolia. The representative asks to speak with Deputy Bert Slone, who opened a similar felony theft case last week. Tuesday, July 9 • At 1:59 p.m., a deputy is dispatched […]

Group to play at Country Cabin II

Appalachian Strings will play at Country Cabin II in Norton, Va., on Saturday, July 20. The show will take place from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children 2 to 11 years old.

The curse of the full-time job

Free time is the great hunger for so many productive Americans, often trumping money. Studies show a huge desire for more self- and family-time, especially among parents. But Americans remain stuck in work schedules drawn up early last century. That doesn’t make sense today, so why do we continue punching the old time clocks? One big reason is that job […]

Rites held for Ralph Hall, Sr.

Funeral services for Ralph D. Hall Sr., 84, were held July 11 at the First Baptist Church in Whitesburg. Burial was in Green Acres Memorial Park at Ermine. A son of the late Bill and Claudia Jenkins Hall, he was the widower of Jo Ann Moneyhun Hall. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Jack , Bill and Raymond. […]

Coach writing book

Kentucky coach John Calipari will reveal some of the philosophy behind his championship program in a book he’s writing for release next year. Calipari’s tome is titled, Players First: Success From The Inside Out, co-written with New York Times contributing writer and author Michael Sokolove. The coach said Tuesday via Twitter that the book will give him “a chance to […]

Storms cause scary time

Southern Ohio

Hello all relatives, family friends and anyone else who may be reading this. Having any rain your way? Seems we get a shower most every day. Have had some really bad storms. One day it was almost black outside and everyone was warned to take shelter. I can tell you, ‘twas a really scary time. Would like to say Red […]

Drowning in safety while we stand by?

At some of the YMCAs around the country, a rule for free swimming is now this: If a child is under a certain age — sometimes as high as 11 — and has not yet passed a swim test, a parent must be in the water with him at all times, not more than an arm’s length away, in the […]

Freddie Mullins succumbs at 73

Freddie Mullins, 73, of Winchester, Va., died July 11, in Martinsburg, W.Va. Born in Jenkins to the late Hubert and Gertrude Mullins, he was a brother of the late Geraldine Mullins Collins, Sam Mullins, Henry Mullins, Johnny Mack Mullins and Russell Joe Mullins. He was a great-grandfather of the late Drake Cameron Davis. He was retired as a truck driver […]