Santa sure is a colorful guy

Many of us who grew up believing in Santa Claus can recall that moment when we started having our doubts. If we were lucky, we had a special someone in our lives willing to quash the ugly rumors for a little bit longer. That was my mother. She had her reasons. She was only 8 when her parents divorced and […]

Tony Fugate is Roads Scholar

One hundred twenty-four Roads Scholars and 120 Road Masters have completed the 2013 Kentucky Roads Scholars/Road Masters Training Program, according to the Technology Transfer Program of the Kentucky Transportation Center. Graduates were honored November 26 at the Morehead Conference Center, December 11 at Rough River Dam State Resort Park, and December 12 at Lake Cumberland State Resort Park. Among those […]

Rites held for Margie Sturgill

Margie “Granny” Sturgill, 91, of Dry Fork, died December 3 at Pikeville Medical Center. A daughter of the late Johnny and Sally Ann Maggard Boggs, she was the widow of Carl Sturgill, the mother of the late Louise Collins, and a grandmother of the late Rodney Sturgill. She was the mother-inlaw of the late Roy Brown, John Wyatt, Clyde Mason, […]

Meeting a Triple Ace

Sixty-seven years ago, while flying with the 72nd Air Sea Rescue, I met a Triple Ace. This hero of mine was Clarence ‘Bud’ Anderson, and he is now a retired colonel with 30 years of military service who visited Travis Air Force Base recently. Col. Anderson is a World War II ‘Triple Ace’ who is credited with 16.25 aerial victories […]

Our security vs. our privacy

Last week, a guard insisted on looking into my handbag as I entered Radio City Music Hall to see the Christmas Spectacular. He had absolutely no reason to suspect me or the hundreds of other patrons whose bags he similarly inspected of carrying guns or explosives. But none of us objected to the incursion. Speaking for myself, I didn’t want […]

Sleds were once tools and toys in Letcher Co.

Points East

When I was growing up in the head of Blair Branch, no loose plank, stray board or old mop handle was safe this time of year because every boy on the holler needed to be building a new and better snow sled than the one he had last year. Many a time when Dee Smith had his sawmill going there […]

Bible trivia

1. Is the book of Benaiah in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. 2 Corinthians 5:17 and Galatians 2:20 are among the Bible’s verses to focus on what in a new year? Blessings, Moving forward, Grace, Church attendance 3. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego went unscathed after being put into whose fiery furnace? Satan’s, Nebuchadnezzar’s, Haman’s, Laban’s 4. Which […]

Now here’s a tip

• It might be hard to get motivated to exercise with winter’s shorter days and lower temperatures. Exercise is important to your health, so get it any way you can. Did you know that a half-hour snowball fight can burn 100 calories? Get out there and enjoy the winter weather! — JoAnn • If you face frequent snow in your […]

Appalachians once celebrated ‘Old Christmas’

Christmas used to be celebrated on what is now January 6. The Catholic Church changed the day of celebration to December 25 in the late 1500’s. However, Protestant Great Britain and the American colonies continued celebrating the birth of Jesus on January 6 until the mid-1700’s. Many of our independent thinking ancestors living in the southern Appalachian Mountains clung to […]


Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation of Whitesburg won the prize for best parade float in the City of Whitesburg’s Christmas Parade.