I may have jumped the gun in regards to the Letcher County Schools history project reported in last week's column. At least I have not yet heard from anybody about following up on it. This would not be the first time I've had my wires crossed and I don't expect it will be the last. I will ke…

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John Henry Robinson, 76, of Cincinnati, Ohio, died Saturday, May 30, 2020. He was the father of Rhonda Robinson. Funeral 2 p.m. Thursday. Burial at Dunn Cemetery. Visitation 1:30 p.m. until the funeral hour Thursday.

Jack Miller, 68, of London, died Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at The Heritage in Corbin. He is survived by his siblings, Kathy Miller and Patricia Eubank. There were no services.

Donna M. Hernon, age 62, of London, Kentucky passed away Friday, May 29, 2020 at St. Joseph Hospital in London, Kentucky. She leaves behind her sister, Deborah M. Hernon of Cape May, NJ; her best friend, Jan Simmons of London, KY, plus a host of other friends and family to mourn her passing.…

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It was 2:34 a.m. I was standing in my yard with my dog on a leash. And while sweet Fitz took his nature break, I kept my eyes peeled for the big black bear that had been spotted in the subdivision next door earlier that day.

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Memorial Day was Monday, so now we are officially in summer. Where I grew up, Memorial Day was a week or two from graduation, depending on its date. And that has taken me down a path of nostalgia. June 11 will mark our 55th anniversary.

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I had a US postal, hand-written, letter last week from a lady who lives near Whitesburg, in Letcher County. She is compiling a book about the history of Letcher County schools, past and present, and was asking if I’d be willing to share anything I remembered about the schools I had attended …

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Six words for you today, kids. Six, little words. Ready for 'em? Talenti. Chocolate. Peanut. Butter. Cup. Gelato.

Since this will make three consecutive installments having to do with chickens, I promise to change the subject next week before the column becomes known as Diddle Squat instead of Points East. (For those of you who didn't grow up in eastern Kentucky before 1960, the vernacular for baby chic…

Governor Beshear continues to tell us to stay "Safe at Home", and he's right. For many of us that means a lot more time on the internet to work remotely, keep our kids up to date on school assignments, access telemedicine, tune into public meetings, shop for essentials, and stream something …

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I watched exactly one YouTube video about how to cut your husband's hair before I started hacking and buzzing away on William's head a few weeks ago.

According to the grapevine, word has gotten back to Charlie Brown Road that, in last week’s column, I had been giving chickens a bad rap. As usual, the grapevine has gotten so twisted up in barbed wire, saw briars, poison ivy and spider webs that it‘s probably impossible to tell where it sta…

They say that adversity brings out the best in some people and the worst in others. And while I'd like to focus on those “bests,” I've become increasingly angry about the “worsts” that have surfaced.

My friend Rick Segal has been cooking for 58 days straight now. Every night, he posts photos of his and his wife Becca’s dinner and, with the exception of from-scratch pizza a few times and chicken and waffles twice, he hasn’t cooked the same meal more than once.

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May has arrived in Kentucky, and rather than planning a Kentucky Derby celebration, a road trip to Pineville for the Mountain Laurel Festival, to Cumberland Falls to take in the moonbow, or to Louisville to jam at Louisville’s Kentucky Reggae Festival, we’re practicing social distancing and …

To say the last few weeks have been tough on us all would be a strong understatement. We have all been greatly affected by the COVID-19 global pandemic, and each of us has taken measures to protect ourselves, our families, friends and loved ones. This has been an unprecedented time, and like…

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Call me skeptical, and the Good Lord knows I sincerely hope I'm wrong, but I suspect that hundreds of thousands of people are going to wish that they had stuck to hoarding toilet paper and left it at that, instead of jumping right in there and buying up every garden seed, vegetable plant and…

Loretta spent a few hours on the phone one day last week trying to locate several varieties of garden seeds and plants that her husband holds near and dear. She never did find Yellow Sweet Spanish onion sets, Boston Bib Lettuce nor Oregon Sugar Pod II peas, but she only called about half a d…

I think it's sort of funny that, during this pandemic, questions which I would never think about surface in my mind. Like, “Should we privatize the US Postal System?”

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The COVID-19 pandemic is an eye-opening experience for everyone in today's society - one that will, no doubt, be included in the history books of the future.

Old timers on Blair Branch when I was growing up in the 1950s and 60s used to predict that thunder in February was a sure sign that it would frost in May. I can tell you, for sure, that on Charlie Brown Road, we had late night thunder at least three times during February so loud and rumbling…

Last week I wrote about the Spanish Flu deaths here in Laurel County during the week of October 10-16, 1918. I reported seven deaths using the newspaper and the death certificates. Most likely there were other deaths which were not reported in either one of those sources, but those are the o…

It’s been roughly seven weeks since the coronavirus entered Kentucky, causing citizens to wrestle with its grim realities. As of April 19th, according to the Governor’s calculations, there have been 148 COVID-19 related deaths in the Commonwealth. Using the Governor’s “Age of Death” chart an…

After waiting more than an hour and a half for her date, one young lady decided she had been stood up. So, she changed from her best dress back into her pajamas and slippers, fixed herself some popcorn and plopped down on the couch for an evening in front of the television.

Last week’s paper hadn’t been on the street for more than an hour before someone sent me a Facebook message saying they would give up reading before they’d do it on an E-reader. Almost simultaneously another message bearer wanted to know what brand of Android tablet I’d recommend.

So here we are (yes, I feel like this is an on-going, never-ending conversation) in the umpteenth day of the coronavirus epidemic-turned-pandemic. Now known as COVID-19 because, as it turns out, everything from the common cold to this novel virus is part of the same viral family.

Every household has expenses. What expenses you have and how much you spend on them will vary based on your family's needs and wants. Some expenses are fixed, or a set amount that doesn't change from month to month, such as a loan payment or television service subscription. Other expenses ar…

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The 2020 Session of the Kentucky General Assembly will be remembered as one of the most unprecedented in Kentucky history. This comes as no surprise as the world, nation, and our Commonwealth are still dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Though it has been difficult for everyone, I am happy …

I had an email last week from retired Perry County educator, Mike Caudill, who now lives at Carcassonne in Letcher County. Mike is an avid reader and is doing his part to encourage folks to read while we are all supposed to be at home, riding out this COVID-19 virus epidemic. Knowing that I …

These last few weeks being stuck indoors with no sports to fill my time have been pretty lonely, so let’s all think back to simpler times when we weren’t confined to our homes and there wasn’t a global pandemic threatening our lives.

Are you in a self-imposed lock down? Or shelter-at-home, home quarantine, or whatever else you call it? If you're like me, you are.

On Thursday, March 27, the Kentucky General Assembly convened for day 50 of the 2020 Regular Session. Though our top priority is passing a budget, it also falls to the legislature to help provide relief to Kentuckians suffering as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are, after all, the onl…

The world is continuing to learn more about the COVID-19 pandemic with each passing day. As your State Senator, I am proud to see how Kentuckians are responding. Even while implementing safety precautions such as “social distancing” that physically keep us apart, we are pulling together like…