January 25, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

Extension Service board accepts resignation letters

The Board of Directors of the Letcher County Cooperative Extension Taxing District has accepted the resignations of four board members and the district’s treasurer. More...

News

Jenkins says free school meals save money for district

Since the Jenkins Independent School District joined with the National Food Service Program to provide meals at no charge to all students, deficits in food service have actually gone down.  More...

ALC cites 19 students

Nineteen students from Letcher County have been honored by Alice Lloyd College in Pippa Passes for earning a high level of academic distinction during the Fall 2011 semester.  Named to the President’s List for achieving a 4.0 grade point a More...

Discontinued flights to hurt eastern Kentucky residents

Getting there from here by air is about to become a little more difficult for southeastern Kentucky residents.  On the heels of American Airlines’ decision to pull out of Tri- Cities Airport in Kingsport, Tenn., comes the news that AirTran More...

Columns

Strange but true

• It was 20th- century American critic John Leonard who made the following sage observation: “To be capable of embarrassment is the beginning of moral consciousness. Honor grows from qualms.”  More...

Speaking of Soaps

RECAPS – 1/23-27

THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL . Brooke and Hope discussed Hope’s new plan for her “Hope for the Future” line. Katie learned the extent of Bill’s manipulation to keep Steffy and Liam’s marriage together. More...

Car Talk

Why is car going through batteries so fast?

Dear Tom and Ray:  More...

Speak Your Piece

Speak Your Piece

Tell us what’s on your mind. No need to give your name. Call 633-7508 from 9 am Tuesday to 9 am Friday. E-m@il address More...

Families & Friends

Planning is underway for Blackey Day event

It is January and it’s cold and snowy and deep wintertime in Letcher County.  But there is one bright spot. More...

Family, friends, neighbors help out

By EMMA LOU ENGLE   Good morning! I thought it was until I looked outside, but it’s snowing pretty good. Our driveway is covered already.  More...

Everyone is a winner at Kingscreek center

Hello from Kingscreek.  Hope everyone is having a good week. We at the center sure are.  On Tuesday, we played Bingo and everyone won something. I won a small ceramic basket. Since I love baskets, I considered it a great win. More...

Entertainment

Coming events

LETCHER COUNTY   More...

McGraw soars on new album

Audio Review

Tim McGraw, “Emotional Traffi c” (Curb)   Tim McGraw never has lacked ambition, as illustrated by the country star’s film acting and selfnamed cologne.  More...

Mountain Melody to play at Norton

Mountain Melody will perform at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Country Cabin II in Norton, Va. The facility is located across Alternate Rte. 58 from the original Country Cabin, 1½ mile west of Norton. More...

Breaking News - 1/27/2012 4:35 PM

Alleged copper thieves plead not guilty - Free Access

Three Blackey men entered not guilty pleas on copper theft charges in Letcher District Court Friday afternoon.  More...

College plan now drawing criticism here and elsewhere

A measure that would take millions in coal severance taxes to place the private University of Pikeville into the state system is starting to draw criticism from local officials in eastern Kentucky.  More...

Mild weather is expected to continue into February

Highs of 64.5 and 56.3 degrees on Monday and Tuesday helped lift the average temperature for the first three weeks of January in Letcher County to a very mild 39.2 degrees, but somewhat colder weather was expected to return to the area beginning Frid More...

Opinions

Home keeps getting vandalized

I live at 303 Harrison Branch, Isom, Ky., and my home was broken into January 16, 2012. More...

America’s class divide

What planet does presidential wannabe Rick Santorum live on? When it comes to grasping the situation of America’s hard-hit workaday majority, this sweatervested ultra-right-winger is further out than Pluto.  More...

What might you say when it’s your time to face death?

In 2001, a friend who was terminally ill asked me to interview her for a video to leave behind for her infant daughter.  More...

Sports

Some won’t have to pay ‘tap’ fees

No tap-on fees will be charged by the Letcher County Water and Sewer District on water line projects funded by the Division of Abandon Mine Lands (AML).  More...

Bob Watkins

Kentucky now No. 1 with target

It’s late January and …  Murray State is the lone unbeaten college basketball team in the land. More...

Hall of Fame gets new class

NASCAR’s Hall of Fame in Charlotte last weekend played host to the induction of its third class and by far this was its most diverse group of inductees. More...

Health

Teen moms were clueless

ATLANTA  A new government study suggests a lot of teenage girls are clueless about their chances of getting pregnant.  In a survey of thousands of teenage mothers who had unintended pregnancies, about a third who didn’t use birth cont More...

Sex is safe for most heart patients, study confirms

Risk does rise for married men in affairs

Good news: Sex is safe for most heart patients. More...

Bone scans not needed for many, study finds

New research could mean millions of older women can skip frequent screening tests for osteoporosis: If an initial bone scan shows no big problems, many can safely wait 15 years to have another one, the study suggests.  More...

Obituaries

Doris Gibson dies in Indiana

Funeral services for Doris A. Gibson, 71, of Hanover, Ind., were held January 22 in Indiana. More...

Services held for Anna Lou Combs

Funeral services for Anna Lou Combs, 64, of Cowan, were held January 19 at Whitco Faith Tabernacle Church. More...

Bailey rites held

Vernon ‘Burn’ Bailey, 81, died January 20 at his home at Isom.  A son of the late Granville and Eliza Stamper Bailey, he was the widower of Oma Fields Bailey and the father of the late Andy Bailey.  Funeral services were held Ja More...