LCCHS students clean river, win PRIDE award

WHITESBURG, KY — For serving as good stewards of the Kentucky River, the Letcher County Central High School PRIDE Club has earned the PRIDE Environmental Education Project of the Month Award.  

These Letcher County Central High School PRIDE Club members earned a PRIDE award for volunteering to clean the Kentucky River on Nov. 23. Kneeling (left to right): Cassidy Breeding, Kacey Trout, Amber Crawford and Kennedy Breeding. Back Row (left to right): Cody Baker, Jarrett Fields, Danielle Cuellar, Regina Donour, Mason Salyers, Jarod Sexton, Austin Aversole, Antonio Acevedo, Joshua Smith and Dustin Watts
These Letcher County Central High School PRIDE Club members earned a PRIDE award for volunteering to clean the Kentucky River on Nov. 23. Kneeling (left to right): Cassidy Breeding, Kacey Trout, Amber Crawford and Kennedy Breeding. Back Row (left to right): Cody Baker, Jarrett Fields, Danielle Cuellar, Regina Donour, Mason Salyers, Jarod Sexton, Austin Aversole, Antonio Acevedo, Joshua Smith and Dustin Watts

The club members volunteered on Nov. 23 for a cleanup organized by Headwaters, Inc., a local community watershed group in Whitesburg. They joined volunteers from Headwaters and AmeriCorps to remove trash and other debris that had been making it difficult for canoes to navigate the river. 

“The Letcher County Central High School PRIDE Club got up early on a cold Saturday morning to get dirty and clean up their environment,” said Evan Smith, who is president of Headwaters. “The students cleaned up over a half-mile of the North Fork of the Kentucky River and collected a truckload of garbage in just a few hours.” 

“This event showed the students’ dedication to bettering their community and that their environmental education goes beyond the classroom,” Smith added. “The students learned that if we can clean up aesthetic problems like litter then we have beautiful natural resources that are ours to enjoy.” 

“Volunteering for this local cleanup project was a great hands-on lesson in stewardship,” said PRIDE’s Jennifer Johnson, who presented the plaque yesterday.  

“I thank the club members for taking responsibility for the river, which is so important to their community’s health and economy,” Johnson said. “They are on the right track to be excellent stewards of Letcher  County’s beautiful landscape in the future.” 

“We also want to thank Regina Donour for her leadership,” Johnson added. “As the PRIDE Club sponsor, Ms. Donour has inspired countless teenagers over the years. She has made a difference in their lives and this community.” 

Headwaters, which is a nonprofit organization, formed five years ago to improve the watersheds in Letcher County. The group envisions a community where citizens are committed to and take responsibility for clean water and a desirable environment necessary for a thriving and diverse economy based in responsible business and local investment. 

To be informed about opportunities to clean up local streams and build the infrastructure to encourage more people to canoe the North Fork, follow Headwaters at 

The PRIDE Environmental Education Project of the Month Award rewards creative, effective ways of promoting environmental awareness and stewardship. PRIDE presents one award each month to a school within the 42 counties of southern and eastern Kentucky. 

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Maxine Saint Obit

Maxine Saint, 55, Jackson passed away Sunday, Dec. 22, at her residence.  She

Maxine Saint
Maxine Saint

was preceded in death by husband, James David Saint; daughter, Lisa Marie Saint; mother, Mable Matney; two brothers, Rex Honaker and Tommy Honaker; two sisters, Hazel Clark and Jackie Melson.  She is survived by one son, David Lee Saint of Jackson; father, Virgil Honaker of Hardshell; two brothers, Ronnie Honaker of Jackson, Randell Honaker of Florida; one half brother, Roy Matney of West Virginia; two sisters, Bonnie Honaker of Jackson, Corby Clark of Indiana; one grandson, Cameron Aiden Lee Saint.  Funeral Fri., Dec. 27, 12:00PM at Breathitt Funeral Home with Rev. Emmitt Campbell officiating.  Burial in the Fugate Family Cemetery at Hardshell.  Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Courtney Holbrook Obit

Courtney Holbrook
Courtney Holbrook

Courtney Collen Holbrook, 28, passed away Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Ky. River Medical Center in Jackson.  She was preceded in death by brother, Richard Holbrook.  She is survived by parents, Jim & Judy Holbrook of Jackson; four brothers, JR (Sara) Greeley of MI, Bobby (Dawn) Hoffman of Jackson, Scott Holbrook of OH, Rodney Lowe of IN; five sisters, Mary Hollon of Vancleve, Susan Miller (Harold Armstrong) of Vancleve, Melissa Taulbee (Freddie Pelfrey) of Vancleve, Connie Holbrook of IN, Debbie Holbrook of FL; host of aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.  Funeral service Tuesday, Dec. 17, 1PM at the Breathitt Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Armon Nichols officiating.  Burial in the Holbrook Cemetery at Strong Fork.  Pallbearers – Robert Hoffman, Anthony Holbrook, Harold Armstrong, Nolan Herald, Billy Dieringer, Travis Nichols.  Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Herman Campbell Obit

Herman Campbell
Herman Campbell

Herman Campbell, 65, Clayhole passed away Sun., Dec. 8, at his residence.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Lovins Campbell; his parents, Lee Campbell and Bertie Fugate Campbell Neace; three brothers, Lewis, Jesse, Omer.  He is survived by two sons, Lee Daniel (Melissa) Campbell of Clayhole, Delbert Campbell (Marlena Jones) of Clayhole; five brothers, Hobert Campbell of Southfork, Roy Campbell of Lost Creek, Lee Campbell Jr of War Creek, Ola Campbell of Noctor, Cornelius Neace Jr. of Vancleve; five sisters, Snowymae Gayheart of Hazard, Romanie Marshall of Byron, IL, Geneva Baker of War Creek, Becky Miller of Southfork, Lavernie Neace of Hazard, two stepbrothers, Earnest Neace of Cynthiana, Isaac Neace of Cynthiana; five granddaughters, Kasey Leigh Campbell, Asheley Jade Campbell, Kinsey Tianna Fern Campbell, Riley Jayden Ritchie, Sherissa Ann Napier, two grandsons, Brantlee James Campbell, Jeremiah Trey Little.  Funeral services Friday, Dec. 13, 12PM.  Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Norma Christine Watts Obit

Norma Watts
Norma Watts

Norma Christine Watts, 81, Lost Creek passed away Sun. Dec. 8, at her residence.  She was the widow of the late Thaddeus Watts and the daughter of the late Ben and Ethel (Halsey) Madden.  She was also preceded in death by five brothers, Elmer, Vernon, Lee, Harold, R.C.; two sisters, Elsie, Martha; grandson, Matthew McKnight.  She was a member of the Neace Memorial Church at Ned.  She is survived by two sons, Douglas (Vicki) Watts of Vancleve, Darrell Watts of Watts; three daughters, Beverly (Ralph) Neace of Ned, June (Roger) Barnett of Lost Creek, Lisa (Derek) McKnight of Jackson; one special sister-in-law, Helene Madden; twelve grandchildren, Gregory Watts, Eric Lindon, Travis Watts, Jeremy Lindon, Wesley Watts, Andrea Neace, Jared Neace, Dustin Barnett, Megan McKnight, Courtney McKnight, Sarah Watts, Rebecca Watts; seven great grandchildren, Brandon Watts, Landen Watts, Micah Haney, Noah Barnett, Mattie Barnett, Rhiannon Epperson, Waverly Watts.  Funeral Thursday, 1PM at Breathitt Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bobby Collins officiating.  Burial in Jackson Cemetery.  Pallbearers – Gerald Madden, Jared Neace, Wesley Watts, Dustin Barnett, Jeremy Lindon, Eric Lindon, Travis Watts, Greg Watts.  Honorary pallbearers – Ralph Neace, Derek McKnight, Roger Barnett, Dean Smith, Helene Madden.  Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Wilson Baker

Wilson Baker
Wilson Baker

Wilson Baker, 81, Jackson passed away Fri., Dec. 6, at the Pikeville Medical Center.  He is survived by three sons, Wilson Jr. (Becky) Baker of Scottsburg, IN, Douglas (Elizabeth) Baker of Jackson, Darren Baker of Jackson; three daughters, Darlene (Cecil) Howard of Jackson, Gail (A.B.) Howard of Jackson, Clair (Greg) Center of Commiskey, IN; two brothers, James Baker of Booneville, Ervin Baker of Booneville; one sister, Geraldine Herald of Booneville; ten grandchildren, five great grandchildren.  Funeral services Wed., Dec. 11, 12PM at the Breathitt Funeral Home Chapel with Rev.John Abner and Rev. Joe Powlas officiating.  Burial in Baker Cemetery at Booneville.  Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


Positive Energy

Most of us would not knowingly ingest a toxic substance or breathe poisonous fumes. It is challenging to maintain the awareness that negative thoughts are just as toxic to our lives. When we think a negative thought, it is like we are inhaling negative energy deep into our psyches, and it will surely poison our bodies, our relationships, and our social environment.


A negative thought may take the form of a judgment, a criticism, labeling someone, or generally not seeing the positive in life. When we think negatively, we distance ourselves from other people, and from the world. Positive energy is expansive. Negative energy contracts – we feel tightness in our bodies, and interactions with others become strained or constricted. Positive energy opens our hearts – negative energy closes them. An open-hearted person is radiant and a joy to be around. A closed-hearted person tends to pull back from life, and so it is harder to get close.


Naturally, they then find the world to be less warm and accepting than the open-hearted soul. I do believe open-heartedness is our natural state – it is associated with higher levels of physical health. I have also taught the principles of open-hearted living to children, and they grasp it readily. They practice it, and teach it to others, because it feels so right, and so good to them.


The more we practice open-heartedness ourselves, the easier it becomes to recognize when our heart is closing. If we open it right up again, miraculously, the hearts of those around us seem to open as well.


Gwen Randall-Young is an author and award-winning Psychotherapist.  For permission to reprint this article, or to obtain books or cds, visit

Breathitt County Farm Bureau recognized for outstanding membership and program achievement

Louisville, KY. (December 6, 2013) – The Breathitt County Farm Bureau was recognized for outstanding membership and program achievement during the recent 94th Kentucky Farm Bureau annual meeting in Louisville.  Here, Holden Williams, center, accepts the award from David S. Beck, right, Kentucky Farm Bureau executive vice president, and Brad Smith, executive vice president of Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance Companies, during a December 6 recognition and awards program.

Breathitt County KYFB Honored
Breathitt County KYFB Honored

Perry Skating Rink on Fire


Fugates Skating Rink on Fire

PERRY COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) –   We are following some breaking news this morning out of Perry County.

Dispatchers tell Mountain News the skating rink at Fugate’s Entertainment Center is on fire.

We’re told the first reports of the fire came in between 4 and 4:15am.

Crews from several departments are on the scene now.

We have a reporter on the way and will bring you more information as we get it.

Where was Julius Randle in North Carolina loss??

By Ron Hamblin – Let’s face it folks, the Cats are a work in progress. They have played five really tough teams, Michigan State, Baylor, Providence, Boise State & North Carolina. They lost to Mich. St., & Baylor on neutral courts, and lost to N.C. in their first true road game. The defeated Providence on the road and beat a solid Boise State team at home. Should we really be worried about the North Carolina loss? Not really. The UK Wildcats are finding out just how tough it is to have a team filled with promising stars.



UK vs NC - Julius Randle - Photo by Michael Huang - East KY Media
UK vs NC – Julius Randle – Photo by Michael Huang – East KY Media

Kentucky will go as Julius Randle goes and let’s face it, he did not show up at N.C. No one can deny Randle’s heart. It just seems that he is letting opponents double and triple teaming to cause him to fade in to the background. He has been steady in his offensive numbers since being in beast mode to begin the season. Against North Carolina he was a no show compared to games past. There is no doubt U.K. players will start to jell sooner than later, they are too good not to. Julius Randle should touch the ball 2 out of every 4 trips down the court and with the Cats other talented players coming together, should ease the double and triple teaming of Randle.

Julius Randle Game by Game Stats
Julius Randle Game by Game Stats

A look at Kentucky’s schedule so far shows they have been in every game and with a few free throws and about 4-5 fewer turnovers, the young Wildcats are still number 1 in the nation and undefeated, but that is why we play the games. Against Michigan State, they were dominated in every category, yet only lost by 4 points. Against Baylor, they blew a late 9 point lead only to fall by 5 points. At North Carolina, in what I still think was the worst officiated game in recent memory and with no Julius Randle, U.K. loses by 5 on the road.


No one will want to go near the Wildcats in February and March. Kentucky may lose another game or two but rest assured, they will be the favorites when March Madness rolls around.


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