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School district gets group’s top award

The Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA) presented the Letcher County Public School District with the Public Education Achieves in Kentucky (PEAK) Award on May 5 at Letcher Elementary School in recognition of a districtwide piano program.  More...

Study: Fracking for natural gas brings methane to ground water

Methane levels were 17 times higher in ground water near areas where shale-gas “fracking” wells had been drilled compared with areas where no gas drilling had occurred, a new study has found.  More...

AT&T offers $2,500 reward for vandals

AT&T is offering a $2,500 reward leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons responsible for the vandalism of AT& T aerial copper telephone cables which occurred recently along Highway 588 and Highway 7 in Letcher County.  More...

Columns

SPEAKING OF SOAPS

RECAPS – 5/9-5/13   More...

Salome's Stars

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Home conditions still demand attention. Also, keep an open mind about a sudden question of trust involving a close friend. All the facts are not yet in.  More...

TOP TEN MOVIES

1. Fast Five (PG-13) Vin Diesel, Paul Walker 2. Rio (PG) animated 3. Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family (PG-13) Tyler Perry, Loretta Devine 4. Water for Elephants (PG-13) Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson 5. More...

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When the weather is foggy or rainy, please turn your car headlights on. You might not need them to see with, but they make you show up better. More...

Health

Acetaminophen drops to get ax

WASHINGTON   Johnson & Johnson and other makers of cold and fever medications are discontinuing infant drops of medicines containing acetaminophen in an effort to avoid confusion that can lead to dangerous overdoses.  More...

FDA expands use of neck stent

WASHINGTON   Federal health officials have expanded approval of an artery-opening stent from Abbott to a larger group of patients at risk for stroke caused by plaque buildup in the neck arteries.  More...

Prostate treatment helps younger men

Men under 65 with early prostate cancer had better survival odds if they had surgery right away instead of waiting for treatment only if their cancer got worse, a study in Sweden found.  That was true even for tumors thought to be lowrisk becaus More...

Obituaries

Linda Gibson dies in Florida

Linda Faye Profitt Gib- son, 61, of Naples, Fla., died May 8.  Born at Camp Branch, she was a daughter of the late Taft and Mattie Tyree Profitt. She was a sister of the late Bobbie D. More...

Services are set for Sarah Profitt

Sarah Profitt, 75, of Whitesburg, died May 8 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital.  A daughter of the late Bill and Minnie Collins Williams, she was a sister of the late Jack Williams, Carl Williams, and Mattie Sue Williams.  More...

Sturgill rites to be held in Indiana

Kaylee Lynn Sturgill died May 5 at Hancock Regional Hospital in Greenfield, Ind.  More...

Drug suspects still in jail

Two Kentucky high school sports officials being held here on felony drug charges waived their right to a preliminary hearing here last week — a decision which sends their cases to the Letcher County Grand Jury for further action.  More...

Company calls on city to raise rates for water

The company managing the City of Whitesburg’s waterworks is calling on city officials to raise monthly rates for customers.  More...

Opinions

So, pick your poison

Longtime proponents of nuclear power like myself have had to confront the ongoing events in Japan with a refocused critical eye. More...

GOP: Try again on Medicare

Nice try, Republicans, running a political protection racket to push your Medicare scheme. More...

Predators vs. storms

The woman lowered her voice. She sounded embarrassed, even ashamed. Early last week, she said, she let her kids, ages 5 and 2, wait in the car while she ran into UPS to drop off a package. More...

Sports

HELLO/GOOD-BYE —

University of Kentucky basketball players DeAndre Liggins (left) and Brandon Knight (right) are leaving for the NBA. Terrence Jones (center) announced he will stay another season. (AP photo)   More...

Can Joker Phillips do what is needed to fix UK football?

Did anybody notice that a certain Big East football team had five players drafted in last week’s NFL draft? More...

Here’s a toast to all of Kentucky’s winners

Raise a glass, please. A congratulatory toast to ....  You and your win ticket for Kentucky Derby 137. All half dozen of you.   At 20- to- 1: Animal House. Uh, Animal Cookies. Er, Animal World?  Who? Animal Kingdom paid $43.80.  More...

Families & Friends

ATV charity ride

The sixth annual Letcher County Mountain Crawlers Relay for Life all-terrain vehicle Charity Ride will be held May 21 at Fishpond Lake. Registration will be at 9 a.m. at the new ATV Park at the lake, and the ride will begin at 10 a.m. More...

Class on mental illness offered

National Alliance on Mental Illness Hazard will host a free class for family members caring for adults with chronic mental illness. More...

Cruisin’ for a Cure at Fleming-Neon

Crusin’ for a Cure will take place May 14 in Fleming Neon to benefit Relay for Life. The cruise will start at 11 a.m. on Main Street. The cost is $10 per vehicle and includes one dinner. Additional dinners are $5. More...

Entertainment

Cory Chisel, considered among top new artists, to perform here

Cory Chisel been called one of America’s best new musicians by Rolling Stone magazine.  More...

To perform at Mayking Saturday

The Pure and Simple Band of Letcher County will peform Southern and Classic Rock and originals this Saturday at 7 p.m. at Magic Dog at Mayking. More...

Coming events

LETCHER COUNTY   ROCK, POP, BLUES  RAP, CHRISTIAN  CORY CHISEL & THE WANDERING SONS with VELVET TRUCKSTOP; Fri., May 13 in Whitesburg at Summit City.  More...