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Pucker up buttercups, the next four years could be challenging for Eastern Kentucky. The Gov.-elect, Andy Beshear, is no dummy and he knows how he was treated at the polls in this region. I hope he truly can set aside politics and do what is right for all of Kentucky, not just in the regions…

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Last week, a prayer rally was held, which could be the start of a movement or it may backfire if people are not careful.

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I hear it all the time. “He ain’t from here so he doesn’t belong.” That is probably the most moronic statement someone can say. And I hear a lot of moronic statements.

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The school system is under fire because someone decided to have a vacant locker become a place for students to drop off prayer requests. An outside group stuck their nose in the school’s business, I assume because one person was offended and the locker was on lock down.

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On Nov. 5, voters across the commonwealth will go to the polls to cast their votes for their choice of candidate for a variety of state offices, including governor. In Pike County, voters will also cast votes for their choice for the unexpired term of Family Court Judge Larry Thompson, who l…

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No one in this area needs to be convinced of the importance of coal mining to not just this county, but to the entire region. For generations, it drove everything here. Every single business and industry in the region was subjected to the industry’s ups and downs, as every business was eithe…

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 On Wednesday, fans of metal descended on the Appalachian Wireless Arena for something they’ve not experienced in quite some time — a concert featuring their favorite kind of music.

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The Pike County Schools Board of Education, like similar boards in the region, is facing some tough choices.

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If you know me, you know that I don’t like to go on vacation or travel much. Occasionally, I have to travel for work, which is not bad because I only have to worry about me.

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Infrastructure, tourism and jobs were the theme for this week’s SOAR summit.

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If you have been following this newspaper, you may have noticed there are some big issues between the Pikeville Independent School board and its superintendent. 

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Collusion requires competence. Obstruction requires cooperation.

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Turns out the Democrats have been cuddling with some witch hunters in hopes that they’d one day go all the way, only to have Robert Mueller and company lead them on and then dump them right at the climactic moment. What did they get for bedding down with people with ill intentions and bad re…

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Once again, the lure of Big-Pharma money has reared its ugly head. If you don’t think Big-Pharma controls our society, politics and greed, you are sadly mistaken.

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The roller coaster news cycle has been jarring this week. Who better to ride the Beast with than Meat and Tater?

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The common loon is well known for its echoing, eerie cries and wales. So no wonder it was adopted as the official state bird of Minnesota back in 1961. Given the list of folks they’ve elected to represent them, it’s obvious that the population there is in love with loons in general. 

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The City of Pikeville, owners of the building formerly known as Jenny Wiley Theater, gave the boot to the theatre, hired away the theatre manager and created their own entity, called Appalachian Center for the Arts.

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Off the road again. Like a van with blowouts, I’ve pulled off the highway.

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It’s Hillbilly Days Festival time in Pikeville, which means common folk like me head to town while all the snooty people head for the hills. You know the type — the ones who think their poop don’t stink just because they got themselves an Associates of Arts degree from a community college, a…

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In the early morning hours last Friday, I had the honor of spending time with many people with guns and cuffs. I was on their side and was happy to be there. The round up was just beginning. 

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Paddling upstream is on the road this week. Today we’re paddling uptown.

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A television actor that I’d never heard of before hired two pumped-up Nigerian pool boys to beat him up in Chicago. Turns out Jussie Smollett’s goal was to gain sympathy from his fellow elite Hollywood liberals by blaming the concocted hoax on white Trump supporters. He paid $3,500 for a del…

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I love when people send me anonymous letters. They all get tossed in the trash. That’s my policy. On very rare occasions, I may respond. Today is rare. 

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In the words of the late, great, Roy Orbison, “It’s over, it’s over, it’s o-o-ver!” Will the last cockroach standing please turn out the lights.

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The Texas House of Representatives just passed a bill legalizing lemonade stands operated by children. Not to be outdone, the Kentucky House passed their own seemingly unnecessary law which would outlaw sex with farm animals, and, yes, even if it’s consensual. I know of no such Kentucky law …

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An open letter to “60 Minutes” after their piece on “Billionaire on the Bus”:

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Life can be many things. Many of those things are wonderful, enjoyable and eminently satisfying.

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A white supremacist nut in New Zealand shot up a Mosque Friday and killed 50 Muslims. The mainstream media is all giddy over it and within a few days, they’ll figure out a way to blame it on Donald Trump. Meanwhile, hundreds of Christians are being slaughtered in Nigeria by Islamic extremist…

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A recent lawsuit filed in the Sandy Hook shooting pits the families of the victims against the manufacturer of the gun used in that tragedy. The lawsuit claims the marketing tactics used by the manufacturer targeted violent youths. If other cases like Purdue-Pharma and the tobacco industry a…

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It’s been a busy week in the webb wide whirled. If I can get your signature on this, we’ll get started.

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Although the measure didn’t pass, 125 dizzy U.S. House Democrats and one crazy Republican recently voted to lower the national voting age to 16. It’s sad to think that liberals in Washington are so desperate to force socialism, climate change and gun control upon us all that they’d use child…

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In case you hadn’t noticed, there was an election Tuesday for the unexpired term in the 31st District state Senate seat. Ray Jones won the election for Pike County judge-executive, leaving his senate seat open. 

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There are two types of Kentuckians in the news today: Those who are compensating and those who simply want compensation.

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Taxes are a part of life. So is dying. And just because taxes are legal it doesn’t mean that we should be taxed to death.  

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It’s time for a vacation. Wonder if Allegient offers flights to Vietnam from Tri-Cities?

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There’s something horrible in my past that I must confess. I’ve had this monkey on my back for years, and for me to hold it inside one more day isn’t fair to me, and it’s not fair to you. It’s eating me from the inside. Here goes — As a young kid I was a Democrat. 

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You would think that a tiny city in rural Eastern Kentucky that has a history of corruption and cronyism would exercise the epitome of transparency and eliminate the back-door politics. Martin officials apparently haven’t learned their lesson. 

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The emergency isn’t. Why don’t you emerge from under that bed before the dust mites eat you.

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The richest man in the world is getting a divorce. And before you jump to conclusions, no, it’s not Al Gore. And no, it has nothing to do with the discounted break-up rates offered by local attorney Paul Howard Jr. throughout the month of February. 

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“A rich tradition of academic excellence for over a century.”

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Today’s column is for all the bleeding hearts out there. Please share it with someone with a dry pump on Valentine’s Day.

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If you’re a registered Democrat, I imagine the emergence of the young congresswoman from New York has put a new pep in your step. 

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No one could have predicted the turmoil in the Middle East affecting Eastern Kentucky.

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The familiar sound at my door yesterday morning brought a smile to my face. Meat and Tater have been missing in action lately.

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Last week’s climate change closed some Kentucky schools — Reason: Freezin’. And Gov. Matt Bevin’s bitter response did little toward thawing his frosty relationship with educators across the Commonwealth. He told a Louisville radio station that allowing students to stay home during frigid wea…

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We have already established that the last group of “leaders” in the fiscal court intimidated people. Solid Waste Commissioner Bobby Mullins said that his reprimands were often overturned, and he was asked to give credits on trash bills, all in the effort for the old court members to get re-e…

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If you don’t want smirked straight to hell and back, you’d best not mess with those white boys from Covington Catholic. I’m telling you man. When they’re all jacked up and in their “Make America Great Again” uniforms, you’re apt to get a hole stared straight through you. And that usually spe…

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