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.


Jewell Alsept

Jewell Alsept, 75, Jackson passed away Wed., Dec. 4, at the Wolfe Co. Health Care Center in Campton.  She was the wife of the late Richard Alsept and the daughter of the late Jairette and Bertha (Back) Caudill.

Jewell Alsept
Jewell Alsept

She was also preceded in death by one son, Richard Wade Alsept.  She was a member of the Hampton United Methodist Church.  She is survived by one son, Sonny Joe Alsept (Victoria Gross) of Jackson; three daughters, Arlene Jewell of Winchester, Kay (Haven) Barnett of Jackson, Connie Alsept of Jackson; three sisters, Lena (Adrian) Back of Noctor, Lou (Alvin) Ritchie of Rousseau, Sue (Subby) McIntosh of Rousseau; three granddaughters, Dana (Fudd) Hays, Missy (Clayton) Smith, Brittany Gross; three grandsons, Josh (Tonya) Barnett, Brandon (Deanna) Alsept, Dakota Creech (Andrea Graham); five great grandchildren, Taylor Smith, Dawson Hays, Brayden Barnett, Audrey Barnett, Tressany Hays.   Funeral services Fri., Dec. 6, 1PM at the Breathitt Funeral Home Chapel with Rev.John Bunn officiating.  Burial in Jackson Cemetery.  Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Bradley Stephen Noble

Bradley Stephen Noble, 29, passed away Fri., Oct. 11, at the Greg and Noreen Wells Hospice Care Center in Hazard.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Tina Combs Noble.

Bradley Stephen Noble
Bradley Stephen Noble

He is survived by his wife, Wanda Noble of Hazard; his father, Gerald Noble of Clayhole; his grandmother, Ersie Noble of Clayhole; his loving pet dog, Bama; host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.  Funeral services Tuesday, October 15, 1PM at the Breathitt Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Clay Gross and Rev. Eldon Miller officiating.  Burial in Noble Family Cemetery at Riley Branch, Clayhole.  Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Verdila Harvey Miller

Verdila Harvey Miller, 88, of St. Petersburg, Florida passed away Friday, Oct. 25, at the Northside Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida.  She is survived by daughters, Helen Miller and Alena (Bob) Bowen; son, Doug (Janet) Miller; brother, Burton Harvey; grandsons, Mark (Jessica) Opyd and Carl Miller.  Funeral will be Fri., Nov. 1, 11AM at the Breathitt Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Kerney Bouchard officiating.  Burial in the Harvey Bend Cemetery.  Visitation begins Wed., Oct. 30, 6PM.  Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

David Lee Nichols

David Lee Nichols, 69, passed away Mon., Nov. 4, at the Ky. River Medical Center in Jackson.  He was a member of the House of Prayer Church.  He was preceded in death by his father, Samuel Nichols; his brother, Jerry Michael Nichols; his stepfather, Andrew Taulbee.  He is survived by his wife, Mae Riley Nichols of Jackson; his mother, Edna Taulbee of Clay City; his brother, Kenneth (Penny) Taulbee of Clay City; his sisters, Nellie Sue (Joe) Weaver of Churubusco, IN and Shirley (Mike) Connor of Jackson.  Memorial services will be held Sat., Nov. 9, 1PM at the Breathitt Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Harold Conner officiating.  Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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