The Armageddon Caucus

Are you ready for the Big Magilla of American politics? This fall, every important domestic issue could crash into every other: health care reform, autopilot budget cuts, a government shutdown, even a default on the national debt. If I were betting, I’d wager we will somehow avoid a total meltdown. House Speaker John Boehner seems desperate to get around his […]

Banks family holds reunion


Just a few items this week. Sometimes I just don’t seem to talk to anyone other than my own family, so if anyone has something that they want put in, please call me. Sorry I forgot to mention that the Poor Fork Church is also helping Blair Branch to host the upcoming Regular Baptist Association meeting. Also, I know my […]

Man charged with theft, stolen jewelry returned

Police have charged a Dry Fork man with stealing jewelry from a neighbor’s house. Bennett Mathew Kincer, 29, of 949 Little Dry Fork Road, was arrested Monday by Letcher County Sheriff ’s Deputy Travis Cantrell and charged with second-degree burglary (forced entry). Police recovered jewelry stolen from Freda Campbell’s home located at Little Dry Fork and returned the items to […]

Tree of Hope seeks help

Volunteers and donations are now being sought for the annual Tree of Hope, in which Christmas gifts are gathered for children from low-income families. Last year, more than 500 children in Letcher County received gifts from the Tree of Hope. The names of the children come from the schools, Kentucky River Community Care, social services, the women’s shelter and the […]

Do cops really need this tank?

Attention citizens: I have received inside information revealing that global terrorists are targeting us again. Their target is not Washington, New York City or even Disneyland. Rather, it is: Concord. You know, in New Hampshire. The state capital. Even though only about 43,000 people live there, Concord apparently has some sort of secret significance that makes it a target. We […]

Class, workshops being offered

The Workforce Solutions Office of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College will offer workshops and a class. On Sept. 7, a class on digital photography will be presented by photographer Jennifer McDaniels. The class will be held from 1-3 p.m. on the Cumberland campus, room 111 of Chrisman Hall. The fee is $20. Participants will be introduced digital photography with […]

Cougars usher in new era with a victory

The much-anticipated 2013 Letcher County Central Cougar football season began with a rousing 47-0 victory over the visiting Berea Pirates. It was the first game for new Coach Mike Holcomb who brings an impressive resume from his 30-year stint at Breathitt County. Holcomb’s teams won three state championships and had nine undefeated season during his tenure with the Bobcats and […]

Services held for Bonnie Hall

Funeral services for Bonnie Jean Bentley Hall, 75, were held August 26 at the McRoberts Old Regular Baptist Church. Burial was in the Bentley family cemetery at Long Fork. A daughter of the late William Payne and Nancy Ann Stewart Bentley, she was born in Pike County. She died August 22 at her home in McRoberts. She was also preceded […]

Needed: Moderate Republicans

Moderate Republicans are, were, good things. I use the past tense “were” because as they became rarities, the centrists’ chief function was preserving majorities in Congress for their radicalized party. New England used to send lots of moderate Republicans to Washington. No more, and it’s not because there aren’t attractive Republican candidates. It’s because the ones representing liberal-to-moderate regions became […]

Pancake breakfast

A pancake breakfast will be held from 7 a.m. to noon at the Blackey Community Center on Sept. 1. The cost is $5. Proceeds will benefit Holly Whitaker’s mission trip to Haiti. For more information, cal Michele Caudill, 634-9686; Steve Caudill, 634-9690; or Holly Whitaker, 634-9093.