Drugs rise multiple births

Triplets-and-more increasingly are the result of drugs given to women to make them produce eggs — not from using multiple embryos from IVF, or lab-dish fertilization, new research shows. More than one-third of twins and three-quarters of triplets and higher multiple births in the U.S. are due to fertility treatments of all types, researchers from the federal Centers for Disease […]

Film review: New ‘Hobbit’ breathes fire into trilogy

Sleeping dragons, as we know from our childhood literature, eventually awaken. If they didn’t, there wouldn’t be a story. So it’s hardly news that in the second installment of Peter Jackson’s “Hobbit” trilogy, the dragon rouses from his slumber. What IS news: the franchise wakes up, too. Die-hard fans might disagree, but to many, the first film, last year’s “The […]

Salome’s Stars

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) The arts are a strong part of the Arian aspect, with music becoming more dominant. An important decision looms as a longtime relationship takes an unexpected turn. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Surrounding yourself with beautiful things helps restore the Taurean soul. Enjoy an art exhibit, for example. Or redecorate your personal space […]

Thelma Eldridge dies in Tenn.

Thelma Jean Eldridge, 70, died December 2 at her home in Maynardville, Tenn. Born in Perry County, she was a daughter of the late Lige and Katie Bowling Smith. She was a sister of the late Tom Smith, Astor Bowling, Carlos Smith, David Smith, Lloyd Smith and Beatrice Sparkman. She was a member of Rockvine Baptist Church. Surviving are her […]

Kynect adds Sunday hours

A health care call center is expanding its hours to sign up Kentuckians for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. The Lexington Herald- Leader reports the call center for Kentucky’s program, called Kynect, has added Sunday hours to operate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Operators will continue taking calls at 1-855-459- 6328 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. […]

To play here Saturday

The Cold Stares are a Nashville-based duo whose members are originally from western Kentucky. The band, whose music is favorably compared to that of the White Stripes and The Black Keys, will be in concert Saturday night at Summit City in Whitesburg. The duo earned many fans here in August while opening for Rival Sons.


Kentucky State Police Trooper Adam Hall watched as children he assisted chose presents during Kentucky State Police Post 13’s annual Shop with a Trooper event held at the Whitesburg Walmart on Dec. 6. Seventy-seven children from Breathitt, Knott, Letcher, Leslie and Perry counties went on the shopping spree. Each child picked out about $125 worth of clothing and toys. (Photo […]


RECAPS – DEC. 9 – 13

THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL — Torn by the ultimatum that Liam is giving her, Hope must decide whether he is more important to her that Wyatt. Quinn presents Eric with a token of appreciation for allowing her and Wyatt to be a part of the Forrester Creations team. Wyatt prepares a special evening for him and Hope to celebrate […]

Tax tips for college students

Income tax season is approaching, and students may want to consider these tips from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) to help the process go more smoothly. Although you may not have earned enough to be required to file, you may get a refund if your employer withheld taxes from your pay. Before you file, discuss the tax situation […]

Gene therapy blocks leukemia

In one of the biggest advances against leukemia and other blood cancers in many years, doctors are reporting unprecedented success by using gene therapy to transform patients’ blood cells into soldiers that seek and destroy cancer. A few patients with one type of leukemia were given this one-time, experimental therapy several years ago and some remain cancerfree today. Now, at […]