Will Flight 17 sober us up?

Tragedies concentrate the mind. American politics was trundling along on its usual unserious and trivial trajectory when news of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine shook the world. Suddenly, the stakes in public life and foreign policy were very high. Vladimir Putin’s recklessness in Ukraine was no longer just about his quest for regional hegemony. Miscalculation and […]


Herman and Carol McIntyre of Ulvah, announce the engagement of her daughter, Nancy Walters, and Jason Leet, son of Ronnie and Mable Leet of Fleming County. The wedding will take place at Kingdom Come State Park on October 11.

Back-to-school bash to be held at Kids Day July 25th

The Letcher County Kids Day Committee will hold a back-to-school bash from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, July 25, at Riverside Park in Whitesburg. The free event will include a library program at 11 a.m., fire truck and train rides, pony rides, a raptor program, a watermelon eating contest, Isaacs inflatables, a stick pony race, a petting zoo, […]

Former rental cars are good buys

Car Talk

Dear Tom and Ray: What are your thoughts on buying a car from a rental agency? Would you buy one? — Byr RAY: Sure. Rental-car companies sell relatively new cars, and they maintain them pretty well. After all, if anything’s broken, it has to be fixed before the next customer rents it. TOM: And because the cars are pretty new, […]

Why GOP wants Palin to hush

It is often said, believed and undoubtedly right that the Republicans’ ace in midterm elections is apathetic Democrats not showing up at the polls. But that once predictable waltz into November is threatened by blabbermouths of the right’s seeking self-aggrandizement by hurling darts at the sleeping Democratic bear. It’s not that they don’t know better. It’s that their fame and […]

Healthy baby workshop July 25

A healthy baby workshop, hosted by KIDS NOW Plus Program and Kentucky River Community Care Regional Prevention Center, will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., July 25, at the Harry M. Caudill Memorial Library in Whitesburg. The event will include information about having a healthy baby, free baby items, door prizes and refreshments. The workshop is open to […]

Shriners to host bluegrass festival at Roxana Aug. 2

The Mountain Shrine Bluegrass Festival will be held August 2 at Meade’s Farm in Roxana. Gates will open at noon and the show starts at 4 p.m. The event will include food, vendors, inflatables, and train rides for children. Performers will be The Bibbers at 4 p.m., Sunrise Ridge at 5 p.m., Blackpowder Express at 6 p.m., Mountain Melody at […]

Moments and Memories of WHS

Whitesburg High School football coaches Part 1 Marvin Glenn was born March 17, 1901 at Calhoun. Mr. Glenn attended Calhoun Graded School and high school, being graduated from high school in 1921. He taught school for a year in McLean County. He then entered Kentucky Wesleyan College at Winchester in the fall of 1922. Mr. Glenn finished his college course […]

Smell you later

Maybe we should just go back to Old Spice. At least with Old Spice, a gal knew what she was getting: a guy. And frankly, that was enough. Men were not trying to telegraph exactly who they were and what they stood for via a particular, pinpoint-accurate scent. A guy could be meek or macho, Dem or Repub, on a […]

Bobby Breeding dies at 79

Bobby D. Breeding, 79, of Mt. Sterling, died June 14 at St. Joseph Mt. Sterling Hospital. Born in Whitesburg to the late Charles and Nan Adams Breeding, he was retired as principal of Mt. Sterling Elementary School, and was a farmer. He was a member of the First Church of God, Montgomery County Cattlemen’s Association, Masonic Lodge, Kentucky Retired Teachers […]