Petition asks court to let businesses set smoking rules



The Letcher County Fiscal Court was presented with a petition this week signed by citizens who want to challenge the “no smoking” ordinance adopted in April 2006. The ordinance now bans smoking in all public buildings in Letcher County. The petition, presented by Whitesburg resident Elbert Lee, wants the ordinance modified to allow individual business owners to determine whether smoking […]

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Whitesburg’s new cable firm says better service just ahead



Cable television customers in the City of Whitesburg should expect to soon see an improved channel lineup and better signal quality, the city’s new cable franchise owner says. Archie Everidge, general manager of TV Service Inc. in Hindman, told the Whitesburg City Council he doesn’t know the exact date when every customer now receiving a signal from Comcast will be […]

Workers visiting homes as part of E-911 project



Don’t be alarmed if you see a Letcher County E-911 worker in your neighborhood, says the agency’s director. E-911 workers are going to each residence in the county to record Global Positioning System (GPS) readings from satellites to help improve the county’s emergency response system. The project will make it possible for physical addresses to be located when 911 calls […]

Local officials hope voters cast ballots on new machines



As Election Day draws near, county officials are showing voters how to use touch screen voting machines instead of older ones with push buttons. Letcher County Clerk Winston Meade and Letcher County Judge/Executive Jim Ward are visiting senior citizen centers this week to show people how simple the newer machines are to use. “I just thought it was something that […]

Jackson forecasters travel the country to help put out wildland forest fires



When you turn on the local news and see reports about forest fires raging in different parts of the country, someone from the Jackson National Weather Service (NWS) Office may be out there providing weather forecasts to the firefighters. The Jackson Weather Office has three forecasters who are certified as incident meteorologists (IMETs). This is the only NWS office east […]

Special stamps help raise money, awareness



Few things reach as many Americans each day like the U.S. Mail, so postage stamps provide a wonderful opportunity to raise money and awareness in support of important social issues. The Postal Service currently has two fund-raising or “semipostal” stamps on sale. The price of these stamps pays for the First-Class Mail single-piece postage rate in effect at the time […]

Letcher County AARP to meet



The Letcher County AARP Chapter will meet at 6 p.m., Thursday, October 18, at the Blackey Senior Citizens Center. This is the group’s annual auction, so attendees should bring items to sell. Proceeds of this auction are used for donations to local charities and fire departments. The AARP is also gathering food for the Letcher County Food Pantry. Bring non-perishable […]

AEP, feds settle pollution lawsuit for $4.6 billion



American Electric Power is well on its way to finishing new pollution control projects touted by the Bush administration as part of a $4.6 billion air quality lawsuit settlement. But regulators say their lawsuit pushed AEP into those reforms, while critics argue the Bush administration is taking too much credit for the new settlement. The deal, announced last week, ends […]

Cromona fire burned 20 acres, officials say



A forest fire which scorched nearly 20 acres at Cromona is under control, the Kentucky Division of Forestry says. Firefighters with the Division of Forestry got the fire on School House Road at Cromona under control on October 14. The fire burned for about a week before on 10 other acres, said Mark Wiedewitsch, information officer with the Kentucky Division […]


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