It was a dark day on Jan. 6 as Congress planned to confirm the Electoral College vote for the next president. Around 1 p.m. a group of pro-Trump protesters pushed their way into the Capitol building, disrupting the official count as Congress was forced into lock down. The issue at hand was t…

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I’m going to date myself pretty badly here, but remember when you were a kid in school and your pencil went dull? If you were a vain child like I was, it bothered you a lot. Suddenly, your pretty cursive (Your grand capital G! Your elegant capital S!) looked mushy. The lead on the page was f…

I’m not sure who has or doesn’t have access to cable TV service in our neck of the woods, but I do know, for sure, that Charlie Brown Road is not among the more gifted. We mostly rely on satellite TV, except for a few folks who still use antennas to make do with all the TV they want or need.

You may recall the story about the old fellow who had a routine of walking around the Social Security office, picking up every piece of paper he found. He’d examine the paper closely and say, “No, that’s not it.” He’d then throw it back down.

I want to start with a query we have received. Do you know the name of a business located on Fifth Street between Main and Broad in the early 1950s? There was the drug store on the corner at the intersection of Main and Fifth. I think Lucy’s Restaurant was beside the drug store. The place I …

I’m not sure if it was, or still is, just a Letcher County thing, but when I was growing up the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day were unofficially called “firecracker season.” After school evenings and all day weekends consisted of an almost steady roar of exploding firecrackers…

December 25th has passed, and January 1st has passed, but wait -- we're not done with the season yet, because today is January 6th.

We heated our old house on Blair Branch with a combination of wood and coal. The kitchen cook stove was started with a fire made with short, slender sticks of “stove wood”, as was the big “warm morning” heating stove in Dad’s and Mom’s big bedroom. After the wood fires were going strong, bot…

Seasonal traditions for this time of year abound in cultures around the world and in the United States. Settlers traveled to the Appalachian region before it was legal to do so. They were independent-minded people who wanted freedom from the crowding and restrictions of the established colon…

A few nights ago, we were sitting in the living room when a car pulled into our driveway unexpectedly. Seeing its lights, my instinct was to look around for a place to cower. Being part Grinch and full introvert, I never expect something good will come from an unexpected visit. If I’m honest…

My closest friend, when I was growing up on Blair Branch, was Truman Caudill. Actually Truman was my best friend off and on because his parents moved around a lot and often spent 1 or 2 years at a time in Indiana before his mom would move back home for 3 or 4 years while his dad would rent a…

With Christmas just two days away, it is imperative - especially after such a trying year that we have faced - to remember our blessings this year.

If you’re looking for a partner in crime to help you indulge in your every last craving this holiday season, look no further, kids, because I am your girl.

My younger brother, Andy, was already talking about gardening two weeks ago. He is ready to get all the tomato cages and fall bean hoops set aside and spend a day cutting down corn stalks and all the dead stuff that grew several dozen varieties of fresh vegetables between April and the end o…

Mary didn’t plan on changing the world that day.  But God had other plans.  He sent a shocking, larger than life messenger with good news (Luke 1).  The virgin the prophets had spoken of was HER!  God wanted to use her in a great way…if she was willing.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) -- Most Christians have never experienced the Christmas season during a global pandemic. Some may think there will be few opportunities to share their faith during this special time of the year. Still, several Kentucky Baptist leaders see a multitude of ways for Christ-f…

Walking through the wrapping paper aisle in Hobby Lobby, tears filled my eyes.  Surrounded by the sights and smells of Christmas, I was suddenly overwhelmed with the loss of my mom – my friend of friends, my best cheerleader.  While it has only been 10 months, it seems like forever!

I’m pretty sure I’ve written about this story before, but if you are younger than 40, you probably missed it. In fact, if you are younger than 50, you probably didn’t spend a lot of time reading a weekly newspaper in the early 1980s unless an elementary school teacher forced one on you. I’m …

That's what I'm doing at my house. Sort of. Yesterday I put out a sweet figurine of a little boy on a sled transporting a Christmas tree, titled “Riding Into Christmas.” My sled keeps getting stuck.

Reports of scams to the Attorney General’s Office have skyrocketed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, with dollar losses up as much as 8,000 percent compared to 2019. In August 2020, employment and work-from-home scams accounted for nearly half of the dollar losses reported to our office.

As the number of COVID-19 cases in our community rises, and the seasonal flu an active threat to many, we are concerned about being able to continue to serve the needs of our community. While Saint Joseph London is prepared to handle for a surge of patients, we are limited in the number of p…

If I had caught myself going to the garden three hours after dark, on a night when the temperature was supposed to drop into the low 20s, nobody would have been the least bit surprised. I love turnips and mustard greens so much that I’ll try to save them from a hard freeze if I’m able.

Thanksgiving is again upon us. I think of it as an American holiday, but while several of its aspects are uniquely American, its roots rest in ancient harvest festivals.

Maybe you’ve heard about the very elderly gentleman who walked into the senior citizen’s hall, reeking of cologne. With a flower in his lapel and tonic in his hair, he had made an obvious attempt to look dashing. He sashayed across the room, his cane clicking as he went, and took a seat besi…

"In this historic election." How many times have you heard this over the past two weeks? In truth, there are some historic elements. This election had the greatest number of votes cast in history. Is that historic or population growth? It's also a higher voter percentage than we have seen in…

So where do we go from here? Of course, it's too early to tell. At best, we might ask “Where should we go?” or even “How did we get here?” Looking back can be a futile endeavor, but it can also provide insight into how to move forward.

Across the nation and around the world, the number of coronavirus cases is on the rise. This alarming trend has raised concerns that the economic lockdown from the spring could return. Leaders in Frankfort can and should be creative in using available resources and developing guidelines to p…

Halloween is once again almost upon us, and while it isn't anticipated with quite the excitement of Christmas, it is, nevertheless, our second biggest holiday in America. While we gear-up for it, collectively spending billions on our preparations, we probably don't give much thought to the o…

A slogan, but also a commitment. This year, October 24 is World Polio Day. Of course, every day is "world polio day" in the fight to eradicate this pervasive virus that most commonly affects children under 5, but which can attack at any age, and typically produces life-long paralysis or death.

Mid to late October was pretty much the end of harvest time on Blair Branch before the 1960s and also the end of an era. By the 1940s, hillside farms were already dwindling down to inherited acreage that was far too small for a single family to subsist by living mostly off the land. Many, if…