Obituaries

Karin A. Smith

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Karin A. Smith, 75, of Hillsboro, passed away Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023, at the Laurels of Hillsboro.

June Marie Huff

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June Marie Huff, 69, Leesburg, died Dec. 30, 2022. Services by Turner Funeral Homes.

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Cathryn Pauline Gragg, 83, of Hillsboro, Ohio, passed away Saturday morning, Nov. 19, 2022, at Hospice of Dayton.

Thomas Edward Farley

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Thomas Edward “Ed” Farley, 88, Sabina, died Nov. 19,2022. Services by Littleton Funeral Home.

Here comes the Santa Train

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“The ground shuddered as the deafening blast reverberated throughout the rugged mountains of Southwest Virginia and Eastern Kentucky. The local women, though miles away from their husbands, dropped their work when they heard the terrifying dull boom, hoping a neighbor was blowing up tree stumps in the holler. Yet, in the hidden part of their souls, they knew it was a coal mine explosion,” my wife Brenda’s aunt Rose told her 10 siblings and her parents, who grew silent as they gathered around the brilliantly illuminated tree on Christmas Eve to hear Rose’s story.