County may obtain loans to speed up water line projects

Borrowing up to $20 million could get lines built quickly, judge says

Letcher Judge/Executive Jim Ward said he is exploring the possibility of securing up to $20 million in low-interest loans to make it possible to extend water and sewer service throughout the county in one fell swoop rather than continuing on a more conservative course set by the Letcher County Water and Sewer District when it was formed 12 years ago. […]


Driver in handcuffs wrecks stolen police car in Jenkins

A man wearing handcuffs and driving a stolen police car led authorities on a high-speed chase through two counties in two states before he wrecked near Jenkins. The chase began Sunday in Virginia after police there arrested 55- year-old Willie Lee Little of Shelby Gap on drug charges after narcotics were found in his vehicle during a traffic stop. After […]

Letter to governor helps girl, 9, get free computer

One student’s dream came true during a visit to Letcher County last week by Gov. Ernie Fletcher. Melissa Baker, a third-grader at Burdine Elementary School, dreamed of owning her own computer and Fletcher made that dream a reality on September 12. In April, nine-year-old Melissa sent the governor a handwritten letter asking for a computer. In her letter, Melissa explained […]

Fletcher brings money for bridge, sidewalks, computers

Gov. Ernie Fletcher was in Whitesburg last week to present two checks totaling $1.2 million to help fund two transportation projects in Letcher County. Fletcher, a Republican seeking re-election, presented the checks to the Letcher County Fiscal Court and the Letcher County Board of Education during a ceremony at the Whitesburg Middle School on Sept. 12. The county received a […]

Randall Click: My hobby became a passion

Randall Click of Betsy Layne in Floyd County has been making woodcrafts for 15 years but only recently has he realized the marketability of his fine crafts. When I spoke with him by phone, he revealed that he and his dad, Robert, bought a scroll saw and started teaching themselves how to cut out various pictures and designs. “Neither of […]

GED test set

The GED test will be given Friday, Sept. 21, beginning at 8 a.m. Participants must have already passed the practice test and must pre-register. The cost of the full test is $40 and the cost of each section re-taken is $10. For more information, call 633-9617.

Sorting through rhetoric of war

Even here in Hardin County, the Heartland of Kentucky where many of our neighbors, colleagues and friends have experienced combat firsthand, it’s a challenge to penetrate the rhetorical fog of war. Army Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan C. Crocker assured a joint hearing of two House committees that progress toward […]

All but one of Kentucky’s 10 unhealthiest counties are in state’s eastern half

All but one of Kentucky’s 10 unhealthiest counties are in the Appalachian hills, where smoking, obesity and poverty are most common, according to a study released Monday. The study, titled “Health of Kentucky,” says most of the health problems in the state are due to poor lifestyle choices, such as tobacco use, unhealthy diets and not enough exercise. The study […]

Rains helped little here

Despite exended periods of rain last week, Letcher County is still 11.64 inches short of rainfall needed to end the present drought, officials with the National Weather Service in Jackson say. Letcher County usually has had 41.98 inches of rainfall at this point of the year. As of 7 a.m. on September 13, Letcher County had received only 30.34 inches […]

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