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36 years of wild turkey hunting

This turkey season will make 36 years I have been chasing the wily old bird. Man how things have changed! The year was 1982, and it was Kentucky’s first wild turkey hunting season. I was working in Washington, D.C., as a lobbyist for the Untied Mine Workers of America. My lifelong friend Leonard Fleming, a safety director for the UMWA, […]

Teacher rebellion hits lawmakers

OKLAHOMA CITY A teacher rebellion in red states from West Virginia to Arizona has put Republicans on the defensive, forcing them to walk a fine line in the months before midterm elections between placating constituents who are angry over education cuts and conservative supporters who want a smaller government and low taxes. In Oklahoma, most Republicans last week broke with […]

Your 7-day horoscope for week of April 9

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Rumors of a change in the workplace could make you a mite uneasy about going ahead with implementing your ideas. Best advice: Ignore the talk and proceed as planned. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Everyone has an opinion on how to handle a recent business suggestion. Thank them for their advice. Then go […]

In praise of school events

You may recall that, just before Christmas, I did a column on my sixth grade grandson Braden Ochs’s Christmas concert as a member of the B. Michael Caudill Middle School Band. I was so blown away with that performance that I asked readers to let me know if any other middle schools had upcoming musical programs that might be similarly […]

UK player enters NBA draft

Kentucky freshman forward PJ Washington says he will enter the NBA draft but not hire an agent, leaving open a possible return for his sophomore season. Washington averaged 10.8 points and 5.7 rebounds this season. He is the first of several Wildcat underclassmen expected to enter the June 21 draft. The draft combine is May 16-20 in Chicago. Players must […]

2018-04-04 E-Edition

Metry Kuracka, Jr., 80, dies

Metry Kuracka, Jr., 80, died March 30 at Letcher Manor Rehab Center in Whitesburg. Born in Perry County to the late Metry and Anna Miller Kuracka, he was a brother of the late Brooke Burns, Francis Davis, Helen Elamon, Carl Kuracka, Martin Kuracka, and Donald Kuracka. Mr. Kuracka enjoyed gardening and was proud of his peaches that he loved sharing […]

Studies link legal marijuana use with fewer opioid prescriptions

NEW YORK Can legalizing marijuana fight the problem of opioid addiction and fatal overdoses? Two new studies in the debate suggest it may. Pot can relieve chronic pain in adults, so advocates for liberalizing marijuana laws have proposed it as a lower-risk alternative to opioids. But some research suggests marijuana may encourage opioid use, and so might make the epidemic […]

Services set for John Compton

Memorial services for John Morgan Compton, 77, of Lexington, will be held at 11 a.m., April 5, at Liberty Road Faith Fellowship Church in Lexington. That evening, a celebration of life will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Thoroughbred Center at Stapleview Hall in Lexington. Born in Neon to the late Morgan Fitchue Lee and Delilah Margarett […]

ATF agents toss reporter’s home

Federal agents accompanied by Kentucky State Police, served a search warrant on the home of Mountain Eagle reporter William Farley last week, a few days after the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department raided his next-door neighbor and brother-in-law. Farley was not charged with any crime, and he said nothing belonging to him or his immediate family was taken. Farley, 67, […]