December 14, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

Virginia bank robber may be in Letcher Co.

Police say a man who robbed a Virginia bank at gunpoint could be in hiding in Letcher County.  More...

Two still sought after robbery

Police are looking for two men who stole cash and cigarettes from an Isom gas station while armed with handguns Sunday night.  Kentucky State Police say two men dressed in green camouflage clothing entered the Isom Double Kwik on Highway 15 at 1 More...

Features

Letcher Co. Farm Bureau wins awards at meeting

Letcher County Farm Bureau won top honors for its region of the state in the 2011 Safety Challenge Awards competition during Kentucky Farm Bureau’s annual meeting in Louisville. More...

Gets big buck

Trace Bentley of Deane killed this 12-point buck on Saturday morning, the first day of the 8-day December muzzleloading season for deer in Kentucky. More...

Sports

Changes abound for 2012

It is a common occurrence in every major sport that as soon as the season is over, those teams that failed to win the championship begin making the changes that they feel will bring them the title the following year.  More...

Lady Cougars (4-0) face tough test Saturday

The Letcher County Central Lady Cougars ran their record to 4-0 with wins on the road at Pikeville and Cordia before coming home to turn back a determined Belfry team for their fourth consecutive win.  The Lady Cougars are expected to get their More...

Loss to IU will help Cats

Hopefully no member of Big Blue Nation jumped into any of the Commonwealth’s 19 gorgeous state park lakes or off any of eastern Kentucky’s beautiful mountaintops after the University of Kentucky’s last-second loss at Indiana on Satu More...

Families & Friends

If not for first trip here, Belfrey might be home

Loretta grew up in Madison County and she thinks Big Hill, where Jackson, Madison and Rockcastle counties come together, is a mountain. More...

Moments and Memories of WHS

WHS bands gave birth to music careers for many  Part 2  Last week we featured the music career of Johnny Doyle as part one of a twopart series. This week profiles the music career of Eddie Cornett.   More...

File FAFSA early to get state grants

Kentucky students planning to attend an in-state college or university beginning in fall 2012 should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after Jan. 1. More...

Obituaries

Services held for Gideon Brown

Gideon ‘Cow’ ‘Brownie’ Brown Jr., 69, of Somerset, died December 6 in Atlanta, Ga.  Born in Whitesburg to the late Gideon and Laura Brown, he was a brother of the late Justine Williams, Lorene Perry, Russell Brown, Ralph More...

Services are held for Iona Hall, 77

Iona Hall, 77, of Little Cowan, died December 5 at Pikeville Medical Center.  A daughter of the late Ed and Virgie Hall Johnson, she was the widow of Hubert Hall.  More...

Earleana ‘Lena’ Lowe dies at 36

Earlena ‘Lena’ Lowe, 36, of Isom, died December 6 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital.  A daughter of Faye Cook Lowe of Isom and the late Arnold Lowe, she was a sister of the late Earl Lowe.  More...

Breaking News - 12/19/2011 10:22 PM

Letcher board OK’s controversial school changes - Free Access

The Letcher County Board of Education has voted to close Beckham Bates Elementary School at Colson, to turn Martha Jane Potter Elementary School at Kona into a kindergarten through Grade 5 facility only, and to change Fleming-Neon Elementary School i More...

‘Postal-geddon’ will be delayed

Agreement affects 9 Letcher offices

The closing of nine small post offices in Letcher County and a regional sorting center in Hazard has been delayed for several weeks at least.  The U.S. More...

Jenkins miner, 49, was father, sports fan

Funeral services were held Saturday for a Jenkins man killed in a surface mining accident in Virginia.  Services for Richard Neal “Rick” Yonts II, 49, were held Dec. 10 at Polly and Craft Funeral Home in Jenkins. More...

News

FIRST DEER —

Matthew Howard, 7, killed his first deer recently in Clay County. He is the son of Darryl and Darlene Howard of Clay County, and grandson of Gaynell Watts of Letcher and George Watts of Hallie. More...

Visit with Santa planned Dec. 18

The American Legion Post 152 Ladies’ Auxiliary on Pine Mountain will sponsor a visit with Santa on Sunday, Dec. 18, from 3 to 6 p.m. All children attending will receive a treat bag, and refreshments will be served. More...

Scholarships offered

Elkhorn- Hazard Coal Land, LLC, is now accepting applications for the Roy Crawford Memorial Scholarships to be awarded for the spring semester of 2012.  More...

Columns

Moments in time

• On Jan. 1, 1876, the first area-wide New Year’s Day Mummers’ Parade is held in Philadelphia. Mummers’ celebrations in America date back to colonial times. More...

Salome's Stars

ARIES ( March 21 to April 19) With the new year’s opportunities almost within reach, the Arian’s courageous aspects are raring to go. And don’t be surprised if a lot of people follow the zodiac’s most trusted leader.  More...

Speaking of Soaps

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Health

Three-year study looks for answers to high lung cancer rate in E. Kentucky

The University of Kentucky’s Dr. Susanne Arnold and colleagues have been awarded a $1.4 million grant by the U.S. Department of Defense to study potential environmental reasons for the high lung cancer rates in eastern Kentucky. More...

New Letcher weather station is up

The Kentucky Mesonet has added a strategic weather and climate monitoring site in Letcher County to its network of automated weather stations and will soon add a similar site in Harlan County.  More...

Does having sex put stress on heart?

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: How much stress does sex put on the heart? I don’t have a heart problem. I know two fellow workers, who, according to scuttlebutt, died while having sex. They were about my age. More...

Entertainment

‘Dallas’ returns to its home

DALLAS  J. R. Ewing has returned to Dallas.  More...

Song inspired by Shelton’s brother

NASHVILLE, Tenn.   Miranda Lambert is paying tribute to husband Blake Shelton’s late brother with her new single, “Over You.”  More...

Has Bob Dylan had a No. 1 single?

1. Syd Barrett was a founding member of which English rock band?  2. Of his very large body of work, how many of Bob Dylan’s singles have climbed to No. 1 on the charts?  3. Dr. John is best known for which 1973 song?  4. More...