Proposed sewage plant at Blackey clears hurdle

A proposed $2.5 million sewage collection system and wastewater treatment plant to serve the communities of Blackey and Woodrock has passed an environmental assessment ordered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Corps announced this week from its Nashville District headquarters. The announcement means the Corps intends to keep its promise to fund nearly half of the project, which […]


Court will seek bids from firms who haul trash

The Letcher Fiscal Court has agreed in a 5-1 vote to solicit bids from waste management companies that might be interested in taking over the operation of the county’s sanitation department. The court took the action at its November meeting after Letcher Judge/Executive Jim Ward reported that the county government is paying $129 for each ton of garbage it now […]

Woman, 30, indicted in death of boyfriend

A Letcher County woman was indicted in Lexington last week on a charge of second-degree manslaughter in connection with the death of a 36-year-old Pine Creek man. Sharon Collins, 30, was originally charged with murder in the death of David B. Hogg, with whom she had lived with for several months. The Lexington Herald-Leader reported that Collins testified before a […]

Building of health department may begin soon

Construction of the new Letcher County Health Department is expected to begin soon, says the department’s director, Lana Mullins. Mullins said the building site on East Main Street has been prepared, and that bids for construction are being advertised this week and will be opened December 13. The $4.5 million project will be located on the site of the former […]

Hospital renovation underway in Jenkins

Work is underway on a $1 million renovation project at Jenkins Community Hospital, which joined the Wellmont Health System of Kingsport, Tenn., earlier this year. In addition to remodeling the exterior of the building, a portion of which is shown above, an empty service station on Main Street (below left) was razed so that the lot on which it sat […]

Registered nurses continue strike against ARH

Registered nurses in Letcher County and elsewhere in Kentucky and West Virginia continued their strike against Appalachian Regional Healthcare this week, more than five days after both sides in the bitter labor dispute announced they were mulling the possibility of an extended “cooling off” period. West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin suggested that striking nurses consider returning to their jobs for […]

Larry Sparks to play

Larry Sparks, one of the legendary performers in bluegrass music, will return to the Appalshop in Whitesburg on Thursday, Dec. 6, for a 7:30 p.m. performance. Sparks has spent more than 40 years delighting bluegrass audiences all over the world and has earned the admiration of fans and musicians alike. His career spans from his teenage years with Ralph Stanley […]

White Thunder to play

White Thunder will perform from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., December 1, at American Legion Post 152 on Highway 119. The band features Gale Herald, Tony Shortt, Gary Slone and Larry Hall. For more information, call 633-5212.

Revival planned

A revival will be held Nov. 28, 29 and 30 at 7 p.m. nightly at the Burdine Church of God of Prophecy. Speakers will be Donald Harding Jr. and family, Nov. 28; Willard Estep, Nov. 29; and Danny Hurst, Nov. 30. Everyone is welcome.

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