Willa Moncrief Banks dies in Elizabethtown

Funeral services for Willa Moncrief Banks, 89, were held Dec. 1 in Elizabethtown. Burial was in the Patrick Banks Cemetery in Letcher County. Born in Letcher County, she died Nov. 29 at her home in Elizabethtown. She was a daughter of the late Starks and Kizzie Adams Moncrief and was married to the late Virgil Banks. She was a sister […]

Fish supper planned

A fish supper will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., Dec. 7, at the Mountain Shrine building. The cost is $6 and proceeds will benefit the Mountain Shrine Club building fund.

Square dance set

The Carcassonne square dance will be held Saturday, Dec. 8, from 8 to 10 p.m. Charlie Whitaker will call and Lee Sexton, Shawn Stamper, and Beverly May will play music. For more information, call 633-2092 or 633-0851.

Understanding the dangers of wind chill

Wind chill is the term used to describe the rate of heat loss on the human body resulting from the combined effect of low temperature and wind. As winds increase, heat is carried away from the body at a faster rate, driving down both the skin temperature and eventually the internal body temperature. The wind chill index combines the temperature […]

Nancy Brown’s work on display

Nancy K. Brown of Whitesburg, will have her handmade jewelry and hollowware included in an exhibition from Dec. 7 to Dec. 14 at the Kentucky School of Craft Gallery at The Kentucky School of Craft in Hindman. The public is invited to an opening reception Friday, Dec. 7, from 4 to 7 p.m. and to visit the exhibit. For more […]

Christmas parade set for Friday

The City of Whitesburg will hold its annual Christmas parade at 6 p.m., December 7. Local nonprofit organizations are invited to set up food booths and arts and crafts booths on Main Street. The Christmas tree lighting will take place at 5:30 p.m. in front of the Letcher County Tourism building across from the Harry M. Caudill Memorial Library. The […]

Take Center Stage With Holiday Sides


The holidays are all about spending quality time with family and friends, and creating special memo ries that will last for years to come. This year, take a step back from the hustle and bustle of the season … grab your family and closest friends and enjoy cooking for the holidays together! One way to organize this pre-holiday gathering is […]

Lawmakers view mountaintop sites

Eastern Kentuckians concerned about mountaintop removal felt they didn’t have a voice in Frankfort, so they brought Frankfort to eastern Kentucky. Members of the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee arrived in Perry County on Monday to learn about the impacts of mountaintop removal through a tour organized by Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, an environmental group that opposes such mining activity. […]

Woman suffers serious burns after truck hits restaurant wall

A “freak accident” in Jenkins last week left one woman badly burned and authorities trying to find out why a late-model truck was able to roll down a steep hill even though it was in park gear and its emergency brake was set. Reda Watkins, an employee at the Cavalier Cafe, was being treated in a Lexington hospital for injuries […]

Nurses say offer by ARH favors replacements

Registered nurses striking against Appalachian Regional Healthcare hospitals in Whitesburg and elsewhere in the region were expected to vote yesterday (Tuesday) to defeat the company’s latest contract offer. Hundreds of striking nurses in eastern Kentucky and West Virginia were to vote on the new contract offer, but their negotiator called it a flawed proposal and complained they had no assurances […]

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