Neon puts owners of ‘eyesore’ on notice



A long-standing dispute between the Fleming-Neon City Council and East Letcher Ministries could be resolved soon, and an eyesore and “breeding ground for rats” could be removed from the city. At its October meeting, the council voted to implement an existing ordinance which calls for a fine of up to $500 a day to an individual or company responsible for […]

True to her word, principal cuts hair



Students can’t accuse Martha Jane Potter Elementary School Principal Linda Hall of breaking promises. Hall promised MJP students she would have her head shaved if they scored high on the annual Commonwealth Accountability Testing System (CATS) exams. They did. And she did. “If they scored an 80 I was going to dye my hair red because we would have met […]

Fiscal court’s vote to support nurses leaves ARH upset



The Letcher Fiscal Court voted unanimously last week to adopt a resolution supporting members of the Kentucky/West Virginia Nurses Association who are on strike against Appalachian Regional Healthcare. Court members also said that ARH may lose nearly $2 million in government funding if the hospital chain doesn’t reach a labor agreement which meets the terms of the striking nurses. ARH […]

Man killed in ATV accident



Funeral services were held yesterday (Tuesday) for a Letcher County man who was killed in an all-terrain vehicle accident. Police say Travis Lynn Meade, 27, of Jenkins, died of injuries he received after he lost control of his ATV while riding in an area between the communities of McRoberts and Dunham. Meade was pronounced dead at Jenkins Community Hospital by […]

Chief praises work by officers in saving lives of two citizens



Two Whitesburg City Police officers deserve recognition for their efforts in helping save the lives of two citizens, their boss says. Whitesburg Police Chief Scott Adams said he has nominated Patrolman Justin Gayheart and Sergeant Mark Sexton for a Kentucky State Police life-saving award. Adams said both officers were able to save lives recently by performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in […]

Premier Elkhorn tipple is cited as being safest in United States



Premier Elkhorn Coal Company’s Burke Branch Tipple has been recognized for its outstanding safety record in the annual Sentinels of Safety awards program jointly sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and the National Mining Association. The Burke Branch Tipple, located between Jenkins and Pikeville at Myra, won the “Large Coal Processing Facility Group” […]

Blackey City Council receives bids on materials for community center



Materials needed for the construction of a new community center for Blackey will cost $94,268, the Blackey City Council learned at its October meeting last week. Mayor Cathy Back told the council the low bid for materials came from AmerLink Log Homes. The bid was for a 60 foot by 30 foot two-story house which can be custom designed to […]

Whitesburg, Riverside to sponsor ‘safe night’



The City of Whitesburg and Riverside Days recently announced their sponsorship of Whitesburg’s first annual Halloween Safe Night at Riverside Park. The event will be held on Wednesday, October 31, from 5 until 8 p.m. The city is encouraging parents to bring their kids to trickor treat in a safe and fun environment with businesses they know and trust. In […]

Receives accreditation



Mountain Medical Equipment Inc. of Ermine has received accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Health Care Inc. (ACHC) for services of durable medical equipment and supplies. ACHC, a private, notfor profit corporation, was developed by home care and community based providers to help companies improve business operations and quality of patient care.

Top 10 questions about stamp collecting (and answers, too!)



What’s the world’s most popular hobby? Millions of enthusiasts around the world will tell you it’s stamp collecting. However, most people know very little about stamps, except that they go on a letter! So here are the answers to the Top 10 questions about stamp collecting: Where did stamps come from? Postage stamps were invented in the 19th century in […]


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