September 19, 2007 RSS feed / News

Fletcher brings money for bridge, sidewalks, computers

Gov. Ernie Fletcher was in Whitesburg last week to present two checks totaling $1.2 million to help fund two transportation projects in Letcher County. More...

GED test set

The GED test will be given Friday, Sept. 21, beginning at 8 a.m. Participants must have already passed the practice test and must pre-register. The cost of the full test is $40 and the cost of each section re-taken is $10. More...

All but one of Kentucky's 10 unhealthiest counties are in state's eastern half

All but one of Kentucky's 10 unhealthiest counties are in the Appalachian hills, where smoking, obesity and poverty are most common, according to a study released Monday. More...

Boil-water notice issued

Residents of the City of Whitesburg and the community of Cowan were placed under a boil-before-drinking water notice on Monday. More...

City of Whitesburg to insure employees only

The Whitesburg City Council has voted to stop paying insurance premiums for family members of city employees. More...

Wreck fatal to woman, 59

A 59-year-old Ermine woman died last week after a two-vehicle collision on U.S. Highway 119 near Mayking. Linda G. More...

Black lung rates double in 10 years

Black lung disease rates among U.S. coal miners have doubled in the last decade, according to new federal government data released last week. More...

Purple Hearts should never be out of stock

A while back, a Korean War veteran decided he'd like to collect the Purple Heart he earned when he was wounded in a shell attack. He never did get the award back then. Now he wants it. More...

Candidates tell how they'll increase jobs

In the 2-1/2 years since a fire destroyed the plant that was home to its largest private employer, Jackson County still hasn't recovered from the eventual job losses that ensued. More...

Q & A with Beshear, Fletcher

QUESTION: AP: How would you increase jobs in poverty-stricken areas of Appalachia and elsewhere throughout the state? Why do you believe it hasn't happened so far? More...

Concealed carry class scheduled

A Kentucky concealed carry training course will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sept. 22, at the Letcher County Cooperative Extension Office in Whitesburg. This training is required before applying for a concealed carry permit. More...

Randall Click: My hobby became a passion

Randall Click of Betsy Layne in Floyd County has been making woodcrafts for 15 years but only recently has he realized the marketability of his fine crafts. More...

Sorting through rhetoric of war

Even here in Hardin County, the Heartland of Kentucky where many of our neighbors, colleagues and friends have experienced combat firsthand, it's a challenge to penetrate the rhetorical fog of war. Army Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. More...

Rains helped little here

Despite exended periods of rain last week, Letcher County is still 11.64 inches short of rainfall needed to end the present drought, officials with the National Weather Service in Jackson say. More...

Most Kentuckians want to vote on casino issue

A majority of voters want the chance to decide whether casinos should be allowed in the state, according to a new poll. The Lexington Herald- Leader/Action News 36 Election Poll found that 82 percent of Kentuckians want to vote on the issue. More...

Cost of health insurance has risen 78 percent in U.S. since year 2001

The increasing cost of health insurance is putting coverage out of reach for many small to midsize U.S. companies and their workers, even though the rise in premiums this year was the lowest increase in eight years. More...

Life has been nightmare for Powerball winner

In his darkest moments, Jack Whittaker has sometimes wondered if winning the nearly $315 million Powerball game was really worth it. More...

Powerball winner answers questions

Jack Whittaker should be living a fantasy after winning a nearly $315 million jackpot in 2002. But his life since then has been a downward spiral, punctuated by well-publicized indiscretions such as philandering and drunken driving. More...

Coal Week

Rising global demand expected to boost U.S. coal

There are signs of hope for U.S. coal companies that have endured a year of rising costs and depressed coal prices. Strong international demand appears likely to help tighten the U.S. More...

Tourist trains draw thousands to West Virginia communities

Moments after it pulls out of the station, chugging into the dense cover of the Monongahela National Forest, the Shay locomotive begins its climb. More...

Apply early online

Record numbers of new retirees will apply for Social Security benefits in the coming years. Why? More...