Leaders should be ashamed of how school bills passed

Before I became a state representative, I had the great privilege of serving on two site-based decision making councils for the Letcher County Public Schools. This important forum provides an opportunity to craft school policy as it was meant to be — parents, teachers and administrators working together, at the local level, to ensure state educational standards are met and […]

Donate eyes, clerk urges

Letcher Circuit Clerk Larry Adams is drawing attention to cornea donation as part of National Eye Donor Month. March is set aside to honor those who donate their corneas after death to give others sight. More than 48,000 Americans have their sight restored each year as a result of corneal transplants, according to a statement from Adams’s office. First proclaimed […]

Our farm on Can Branch

In the mid ‘30s, when we had to move out of our company house in Camden after my dad lost his job along with many other miners who worked for the coal company, we moved to the last house at the head of Can Branch to our 100-acre farm that my dad rented for $50 a year. I was a […]

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Billy Blair dies at 59

Billy Ray Blair, 59, died March 16 at his home in Connersville, Ind. A son of the late Elbert and Alice Blair, he was a brother of the late Joyce Plummer, Alta Blair, Dorothy Mae Ison, Russell Blair and Bobby Wayne Blair. Mr. Blair worked several years at Sperry Rubber in Brookville, Ind., then at Randall’s Textron in Greensburg, Ind. […]

Highlights of Fleming-Neon Hi

1968 Boy and girl of the year Glenna Elizabeth (Judy) Brown was selected by her classmates as the Girl of the Year. Judy has been very active in school activities throughout her high school years. In her senior year she has been selected girl of the month and was voted Most Friendly by the entire student body. Judy is the […]

Dear American Express: Don’t punish an honest man for your mistakes

I’ve been an American Express cardholder for longer than I care to say. Let’s just say it’s been close to 40 years, and American Express has always been the first card I use. No more. Hello, MasterCard and Visa! Here’s the short version. I bought a suit for my son at an off-retail store. For the next few months, the […]

Services set for Gladys Cornett

Funeral services for Gladys Irene Huff Cornett, 73, of Judy Branch in Roxana, will be held at 11 a.m. at Letcher Funeral Home in Whitesburg today, March 22. Burial will follow at the family cemetery on Judy Branch. A daughter of the late Varsh and Cynthia Slone Huff, she died March 19 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. She was also […]

Billy Ray Taylor dies at 84

Billy Ray “Tooty” Taylor, 84, died March 16 at Letcher Manor Nursing Home in Whitesburg. Born in Whitaker to the late James Blaine and Betha Ellen Taylor, he was the widower of Wilma Jean King Taylor. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by 10 siblings, Clarence, Otis, Bernard, Nippy, Lonnie, Bobby, James, Donnie, Effie […]

Dump the myth that Obamacare froze out those who opposed it

It’s true. The Affordable Care Act was passed without a single Republican vote. Republicans repeatedly cite this fact as Obamacare’s original sin, a fatal flaw that justifies their efforts to dismantle the ACA. But let’s set that record straight. Obamacare was a bipartisan plan. It just didn’t get a bipartisan vote. Despite rumors to the contrary, the reforms weren’t some […]