World of pain

Use of pain medicines up by 90%, analysis finds

Retail sales of five leading painkillers nearly doubled over an eightyear period, reflecting a surge in use by patients nationwide who are living in a world of pain, according to a new Associated Press analysis of federal drug prescription data. The analysis reveals that oxycodone usage is migrating out of Appalachia to areas such as Columbus, Ohio, and Fort Lauderdale, […]

LEAK REPAIR



City of Whitesburg water and sewer employees Chris Caudill (on backhoe) and Larry Hall worked to uncover the source of a leaking water main in West Whitesburg last week. A split in the galvenized steel was soon repaired.

New post office near ready



Although Mayking, Millstone and Thornton residents have different ZIP Codes, they will soon be receiving their mail at the same location. Whitesburg Postmaster Tim Reynolds said the new post office located next to Sears in the Mayking Mall may be ready in two weeks to serve customers from Mayking and Thornton. Customers from Millstone have been using the facility since […]

Sheriff gives thanks, warns of problems



Webb described how his vision of a large and well-equipped department had met with the reality of a small tax base as he addressed the August meeting of the Letcher County Fiscal Court on Monday. Webb told the court he wanted to take the opportunity to speak to the citizens of Letcher County and to thank the court for appropriating […]

City earns $5,050 from alcohol sales



The decision by voters to legalize the sale of alcohol in some restaurants appears to be a financial windfall for the City of Whitesburg. The Las Peñas Mexican Restaurant this week paid the city $5,050 – the amount due for a six-percent tax on gross revenue that was approved by the Whitesburg City Council shortly after the limited sale of […]

Official says Utah miners are likely buried



CASTLE DALE, Utah Cody Allred closes his eyes and pictures his father and five other miners sitting in the impenetrable darkness of a collapsed mine waiting for a sign, any sign of rescue. “I picture my dad wondering ‘Where the hell are they? Any time now,’” he said. Federal and mine officials are less hopeful. Knowing there has been no […]

New cancer treatment center now open near Hazard ARH



The Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) system recently dedicated a new $7 million cancer treatment center in Hazard, giving patients in the Kentucky River area local access to state-of-the-art equipment and advanced oncology services. U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell was on hand for the ceremony held earlier this month. Designed by an architectural firm specializing in cancer centers, the ARH Cancer Center […]

Death toll in Iraq reaches 3,707



As of Monday, Aug. 20, 2007, at least 3,707 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The figure includes seven military civilians. At least 3,049 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military’s numbers. The AP count is six higher than […]

Jenkins Homecoming Days Festival Schedule of Events



Thursday, August 23 11 a.m. Food booths open 4 p.m. Festival welcome, Chuck Johnson sings 5 p.m. Children’s dress-up contest 6 p.m. Anderson Road performance 7 p.m. DeAnna Kay performance 8 p.m. Mountain Melody performance 9 pm. VW Boys Friday, August 24 11 a.m. Food booths open 1-4 p.m. Tours of the Old Jenkins High School 4 p.m. Festival welcome, […]

Whitesburg residents soon will have new cable TV provider



Most Whitesburg residents should have a new cable-television provider by the end of the month, officials say. Comcast, the nation’s largest cable company, is expected to complete the sale of its Whitesburg franchise to TV Service Inc. of Hindman by the end of August. Comcast representative Steve Pollard told the Whitesburg City Council at its August meeting last week that […]


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