Stories helping children learn ‘personal heritage’

Kentucky roster artist Angelyn DeBord is conducting a storytelling residency at Burdine Elementary and McRoberts Elementary School through the month of November. The residency is sponsored by the Kentucky Arts Council and the 21st Century Community Learning Centers After School Program, and focuses on the importance of being able to tell stories with pride and confidence. DeBord says, “In these […]

Two arrested after series of wheel thefts reported

The Letcher County Sheriff’s Department has arrested two people in connection with recent thefts of aluminum wheels, but police say there are more people involved in these crimes. Lieutenant M.K. Terry of the Letcher County Sheriff’s Department said wheels have been stolen from at least 30 different vehicles in the county and several other people are involved but have not […]

Ceremony will honor business at Jenkins

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for Drillers, LLC will be held at 1:30 p.m., Nov. 8. at the business’s site at Gateway Regional Business Park. The ceremony is hosted by the Appalachian Industrial Authority Board of Directors and the Letcher County Chamber of Commerce. Those planning to attend should call Annette Napier at (606) 436- 3158 by Nov. 7.

Meeting set

A public meeting will be held at 5 p.m., Nov. 3, at Skyview Park at Haymond. Those interested in a Haymond homecoming next year or any community activity are encouraged to attend. For more information, call Randy Hall at 633-2182 (work) or 855-4249 (home).

Help offered to veterans

A field representative of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs will be at the Letcher County Courthouse from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 13 to assist veterans and their dependents filing for federal and state veterans benefits. There is no charge for this service. For more information, call (877) 856-0004.

World’s demand for coal will continue many years

JUNGAR QI, China Almost nonstop, gargantuan 145-ton trucks rumble through China’s biggest open-pit coal mine, sending up clouds of soot as they dump their loads into mechanized sorters. The black treasure has transformed this once-isolated crossroads nestled in the sandsculpted ravines of Inner Mongolia into a bleak boomtown of nearly 300,000 people. Day and night, long and dusty trains haul […]

Debate focuses on nursing homes, mining

LEXINGTON Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher, behind in the polls and seeking a last-minute surge before next week’s election, had to defend his administration’s work in monitoring nursing homes during a televised debate Monday night. “People in nursing homes … are not a priority for this administration, and it’s very clear that they’re not,” Democratic challenger Steve Beshear charged during their […]

Better tracking systems sought

WASHINGTON House-passed legislation orders a government study into the technology needed to overcome the circumstances of miners being trapped far underground without the ability to communicate with would-be rescuers. The bill, approved by voice vote Monday, commissions the National Institute of Standards and Technology to research, develop and demonstrate next-generation miner tracking and communications systems and to promote the creation […]

Bluegrass night set

Beckham Bates Elementary School will host a bluegrass night at the Hemphill Community Center from 7 to 11 p.m., Nov. 3. Kentucky Mountain Grass, Austin Johnson, and the Beaver Dam Boys will perform. Admission is $5, no charge for children under six. All proceeds will benefit the Beckham Bates Elementary School eighth-grade class trip.

Sausage, bake sale planned

There will be a Polish sausage and bake sale sponsored by Jenkins United Methodist Women on Friday, Nov. 9. The sale will take place from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Jenkins United Methodist Church, Main Street, Jenkins. The sandwich will be served with a choice of peppers, onions, and sauerkraut. There will also be a white elephant sale.

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