April 29, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

At least 81 witnesses expected to testify in Hogg murder trials

Prosecutors are expected to call at least 81 witnesses during the murder trials of two Pike County men accused of stabbing a Letcher County man to death and wounding two others on January 1, 2014.  More...

News

Honored at LCC Football Banquet

ery times more because trucks must travel longer distances to pick up and deliver mail. More...

Man pleads guilty in 2014 shooting

A 48-year-old Cornettsville man has pleaded guilty to firing a handgun backward, resulting in the death of a Blackey man.  More...

Tennessee man brought back to Letcher County to face theft allegations

A Tennessee man accused of scamming a Thornton man last summer was extradited to Letcher County Monday to face a theft by deception charge.  Johnny Wayne Cooper, 50, of 4830 St. More...

Columns

60 years later, his 5th grade teacher is still smart as ever

In a previous article, J.T. Oney remembered Mrs. Anis Clark, his fifth grade teacher. At the end of the article he became determined to visit and renew her acquaintance. This is an article about that visit.   More...

The way we were in Letcher Co.

Thursday, April 30, 1925 With the new road now finished, the travel time from Whitesburg to Blackey has been reduced to 58 minutes, down from the four hours it took not too long ago by horseback.  . More...

Salome's Stars

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) A seemingly stalled romantic situation could benefit from your reassurance that you want this relationship to work. And if you do, use a tad more of that irresistible Aries charm.  More...

Speak Your Piece

Speak Your Piece

Electric bills are ridiculous. Kentucky Power Company is trying to make us pay to run their company for them. Why do I have to pay fuel adjustment? Come on, people.  . I want to wish my wonderful man Blue a happy birthday on April 21. More...

Families & Friends

Photo

  CONTRASTING IMAGES — The bottom photo showing volunteers cleaning up Tuesday after Monday’s rioting won’t be the one of three seen here that most of us will remember. More...

Hail storm on Cowan put dings on car

Hello friends, neighbors, family and all those who are far off. Hoping everyone is surviving the cold weather that goes along with these little winters.  More...

BIRTHDAY—

Benjamin Meade Sr., of Wise, Va., formerly of Whitaker, celebrated his 66th birthday April 14. He is working on 43 years as an underground miner. More...

Entertainment

Coming events

LETCHER COUNTY ROCK, POP, BLUES, RAP, CHRISTIAN, JAZZ KIP WINGER (singer/founder of rock band Winger); Thu., April 30 at Summit City in Whitesburg. More...

Kip Winger is much more than frontman of rock band

Multi-platinum recording artist Kip Winger, best known for his success with Winger and his early days as a bass player with Alice Cooper, will perform in concert Thursday night (April 30) at Summit City in Whitesburg for a solo acoustic show. More...

131 turkeys taken so far

Letcher County hunters appear poised to best harvest more wild turkeys than in recent spring hunting seasons.  As of April 28, 11 days into the 23-day spring season, hunters here had taken 131 wild turkeys, all but two of them female. More...

Postal delivery is getting worse

“The U.S. mail is slowing down.” Those words written this week by Washington Post reporter Lisa Rein come as no surprise to Letcher County residents, especially those who live in the county’s more rural areas. More...

Letcher Schools’ ‘robot’ resembles a storyline from popular TV series

Four years after Sheldon Cooper created a Mobile Virtual Presence Device (MVPD) on the television series “Big Bang Theory,” Letcher County Public Schools has a similar robot.  Instead of “Shelbot” roaming around Caltech, More...

Opinions

Don’t paint all with same brush

Tuesday’s impressive reaction by Baltimore citizens who live in the same neighborhoods where rioting and looting occurred Monday serves as a reminder why one should never use the same broad brush to paint a portrait of an entire community.  More...

Is democracy unraveling?

WASHINGTON The world’s democracies, perhaps especially our own, face a peculiar set of contradictions that are undermining faith in public endeavor and unraveling old loyalties. More...

On the Internet, nobody knows if you’re a fraud

There’s been some tense back-and-forth over the Canadian mother who said she had stopped opposing vaccinations after all seven of her kids came down with whooping cough. More...

Sports

For a ‘name’ Derby pick, try Carpe Diem

Sports in Kentucky

The Kentucky Derby, the most famous two minutes in sports, takes place this Saturday at Churchill Downs in Louisville.  My pick for the winner? More...

Pirates off to 6-3 start

The Fleming-Neon Middle School Pirates defeated Shelby Valley last week to improve its season baseball record to 6 wins and three losses.  Fleming-Neon won the game played at Skyview Park at Haymond last Wednesday, 14 to 0, as three pitchers com More...

Gabby’s fishing fever

Bass are now hitting at Carr Creek

Several small baits will catch crappie in the spring, including minnows, small tube baits, curly tail grubs, and flies. More...

Health

New treatment for advanced Parkinson’s unveiled at UK

The University of Kentucky has unveiled a new treatment for people with advanced symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and invited one of the first patients to participate in the clinical trial to share how this treatment has improved his function an More...

The jury is still out on smoking e-cigs

DEAR DR. ROACH: I was a smoker for 65 years, and I got tired of my doctor and everyone else telling me the dangers of smoking. I tried e-cigarettes about two months ago, and I am hooked on them. More...

Kids lead Middlesboro smoke ban

The Middlesboro City Council has approved on first reading an ordinance that would ban smoking in public, enclosed spaces. More...

Obituaries

Wanda Akemon succumbs at 76

Wanda Carolyn Miller Halcomb Akemon, 76, died April 21 at her home at Big Branch.  A daughter of the late Dixon and Lovell Combs Miller, she was the mother of the late Glenna Halcomb, and was also preceded in death by two grandchildren.  More...

Services held for Melinda Daniel

Melinda Kaye Daniel, 43, of Cowan, died April 26 at Pikeville Medical Center.  She was a daughter of Brack Sexton of Cowan and Mary Faye Hall Sexton Jacobs.  More...

Sterlin Caudill dies at 90

Funeral services for Sterlin Caudill, 90, of Jeremiah were held April 27 at Letcher Funeral Home in Whitesburg. More...