Two decades in the making

The lies and distortions that Donald Trump’s campaign messengers deploy to rationalize their candidate’s outrageousness are more typical of the last couple of decades of our politics than we’d like to admit. Especially revealing and infuriating are the efforts to use Al Gore as a human shield against the public indignation Trump aroused by refusing to say whether he would […]

Malinda Cole & Band to play at Hemphill

Check out our Facebook page for announcements and pictures posted after each event, www.facebook.com/ pages/ Hemphill- Community-Center. Schedule of events: The Senior Fellowship will continue each week on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Don’t be lonely! Come hang out with this youthful, fun-loving group. Never a dull minute. Friday Nite Pickin’, Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m., Malinda Cole & Band will […]

Plan to get water to Eolia-Partridge is a ‘high priority,’ KRADD proclaims

Building a water treatment plant to serve Letcher County residents in the Upper Cumberland River area has been given a ranking of “high priority” at the Kentucky River Area Development District’s (KRADD) water council meeting on October 12. According to representatives of Bell Engineering, a central Kentucky firm that works with the Letcher County Water and Sewer District, the next […]


Yoga pants: The fashion police are going both ways

He thought the readers could use a break from the election craziness and so sent a lighthearted letter to his suburban paper tendering an opinion on yoga pants. “Yoga pants can be adorable on children and young women who have the benefit of nature’s blessing of youth,” Alan Sorrentino wrote to the Barrington Times in Rhode Island. “However, on mature, […]

Courtney Sexton dies at 31

Courtney Jade Brooks Sexton, 31, died October 18 in Morristown, Tenn. A daughter of Tammy Brooks of Morristown, Tenn., and Hershel Ray Brooks, Jr., of Coeburn, Va., she was a granddaughter of the late Hershel “Buddy” Brooks, Sr. Surviving in addition to her parents are her husband, Terry Shane Sexton; two sons, Brayden Sexton and Koltyn Sexton, both of Morristown, […]

A busy fall for JROTC cadets

2016-10-26 E-Edition

A tale of two pipes

In bad movies (and bad history alike), the Native American ceremonial pipe figured prominently as symbol of defeat — typically in a cliched scene of subdued chieftains signing a treaty of surrender and passing around a “peace pipe” in a sorrowful gesture to seal the raw deal. The reality is that the communal smoking of a ceremonial pipe, often filled […]

Elva Brown succumbs at 80

Elva Brown, 80, died October 18 at her home at Mayking. Born in Dongola to the late Riley and Clarenda Fields Miles, she was the widow of Raymond Ellis Brown. She was also preceded in death by three brothers. Surviving are two sons, Ricky Brown and wife Heidi, and Teddy Ray Brown, all of Whitesburg; three grandchildren, Rikki Nicole Bailey […]