Children are different now

Believe it or not, I made another mistake last week. There was a picture I wanted to put in the column, but when I transferred it to my email draft it sent it way too big and, so they received the article but that picture wasn’t with it. It did however go along with the state employees’ and teachers’ rallies […]


Ethel Mae Morris dies at 78

Ethel Mae Morris, 78, of Shelbyville, died Tuesday, April 10. A native of Lee County, she was a daughter of the late Herman and Lydia Powell. Mrs. Morris was an honorary Kentucky Colonel and member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Shelbyville. She was graduated from Lee County High School. She had served on the boards of numerous organizations including […]

Jenkins Schools present at Pikeville FIRE summit

Jenkins Independent School District teacher Crystal Smallwood presented a project, “Put A Story in Your Pocket”, at the Forging Innovation in Rural Education (FIRE) summit, hosted by the 22 school districts of the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) in Pikeville on April 11. The summit streamed live on The Holler from 10 locations across the Eastern Kentucky Expo Center. The […]

Waiver keeps SKCTC ties to student loan programs

Students at a college serving Letcher and other coalfield counties in eastern Kentucky will have continued access to federal student aid under a waiver announced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The waiver approved by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will allow Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College to continue participating in federal student loan programs, McConnell announced this week. The […]

Local historian shares some Celebrating Freedom stories

David Chaltas, a nationally recognized historian, preacher, educator, writer, re-enactor, and veteran, deliver the April 3 Rotary Club program on the topic of Celebrating Freedom. Rotarian Jack Burkich introduced Mr. Chaltas as a motivational speaker, author of more than 50 books, and the winner of the 2001 Teacher of the Year Award from the Kentucky Council of Children with Behavioral […]

Finley Bates dies at 78

Funeral services for Finley “Drum” Bates, 78, of Millstone, were held April 17 in Whitesburg. Burial was in Green Acres Cemetery in Ermine. A son of the late Martin and Anges Halcomb Bates, he was born in Whitesburg. He died April 14 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. Mr. Bates was a member of the Colson Pentecostal Church. He enjoyed working […]

Cold weather didn’t stop fun at ballpark

In baseball parlance, this column was scheduled to be a double header featuring both the Lexington Legends opener a couple weeks ago and grandson Tyler K. Ochs’s (a/k/a TKO) Richmond Little League opener last Saturday. Unfortunately TKO’s game was rained out and the reschedule may be snowed out this week. But that’s okay because I enjoyed the Legends’ opener so […]

Community calendar

April 20 – Friday night special show at Country Cabin II in Norton, Va. If Birds Could Fly will play, and on Saturday, April 21, Appalachian Strings will be featured. The shows will take place from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children 2 to 11 years old. . April 24 — The National […]

Strange but True

• It was Hungarian psychiatrist Thomas Stephen Szasz who made the following sage observation: “If you talk to God, you are praying. If God talks to you, you have schizophrenia.” • That iconic symbol of the Old West, the Pony Express, was based on the mail system used throughout the Mongol Empire in the 13th century. However, the Mongol riders […]