Colleges come to senses — finally

Harvard University came under justified attack when it named Chelsea Manning a visiting fellow. Critics asked how Harvard could honor a former U.S. Army private convicted of leaking 750,000 classified or sensitive documents. The university rescinded the invitation, and Manning hit back, tweeting, “Honored to be 1st disinvited trans woman visiting Harvard fellow.” That went far in answering the “how […]

To perform

Cross Country Bluegrass will play at the Country Cabin II in Norton, Va., from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., September 23. Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children 2 to 11 years old. For more information, call (276) 679-3541.

Moments and Memories of WHS

1986 Class will I, Tim Smith, being of not so sound mind but fairly sound body, will my car stereo and my ability to “Jam” to Dale Thomas, and my ability to skip to my brother Keith. I, Angie Mullins, will my weird clothes to Justine Richardson, my big mouth to Candy Nantz, my sense of humor to Mr. Sexton, […]

Pioneer Festival planned Saturday, Sept. 30

Go to our Facebook page for announcements and pictures posted after each event, www.facebook.com/pages/Hemphill Community-Center. Come see us on Sat., Sept. 30, from noon to 8:30 p.m. for the Pioneer Festival, which is the grand fi- nale of the Back to Our Appalachian Roots Project. Various presenters will be on hand to demonstrate their skills. A community dinner and a […]

Services set for Alberta Bailey

Funeral services for Alberta Bailey, 75, will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, September 22, at Letcher Funeral Home in Whitesburg. Burial will follow in the Frazier Cemetery at Premium A daughter of the late Anderson and Florence Shell Barrett, she died September 18 at her home in Premium. She was the widow of Ulyes Bailey, and was also preceded […]

Sportwagen recall presents an opportunity to upgrade

Dear Car Talk: I bought a used 2014 VW Jetta Sportwagen, which is subject to the recall on diesels (buyback or emissions system repair). It’s a car model that I really enjoy driving, with excellent handling and acceleration. It’s also a size I like and is bike-friendly to transport my road bike. My question is whether to keep the car […]


Ducks are sight to see as they fly southbound

Maybe it was the remnants of Hurricane Irma that prompted at least a dozen flocks of wild ducks to head south from wherever they’d been all summer during what had to be extremely miserable flying weather during the last few days of the first week of September. Or maybe they thought they might be of assistance to the millions of […]

Services held for Jeri Blair

Jeri L. Blair, 70, of Blackey, died September 12 at Pikeville Medical Center. She was a daughter of the late Brady and Stella Blair. She is survived by William Walters, whom she loved; two sisters, Ruth Blair Price “Greg” of Blackey, Dorothy Ison “Gid” of Blackey; a brother, Earl “Bud” Blair of Letcher; three daughters, Melissa McCoy “Ralph” of Walton, […]

Adopt-a-ducks to race on the Kentucky River

Up to 2,500 adopted rubber ducks will race to the finish line under the walking bridge on the North Fork of the Kentucky River at Mountain Heritage Village in Whitesburg in the Adopt-A-Duck Race sponsored by HOMES, Inc. The race will begin at 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 23. The first 10 ducks to cross the finish line will win prizes […]