Court abandons new trash plan

County will continue picking up garbage, but layoffs may occur

The Letcher County Fiscal Court voted 3-2 this week to stop its earlier plan to hire an outside waste collection company to take over the operation of the county’s sanitation department. The court took the unexpected action at its December meeting Monday night after Jeremiah resident Dale Johnson questioned the plan during a portion of the meeting set aside for […]

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Striking nurses survive close call



A labor dispute between registered nurses and Appalachian Regional Healthcare nearly turned into a tragedy last week when a drunken driver just missed crashing his car into a tent occupied by pickets and their families. Whitesburg Police Officer Mark Sexton said at least seven registered nurses and various family members were sitting inside the tent at 8:30 p.m. last Wednesday […]

Boy dies in hunting mishap



Funeral services will be held Wednesday (today) for a 14-year-old boy who was killed in a deer hunting accident at Roxana. Ryan Cantrell, of the Lawrence County community of Blaine, died Saturday from an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound to the neck and head while hunting near the Fleenor strip mine site at Mill Branch, said Letcher County Deputy Coroner Wallace […]

Late sheriff will get honors at Arlington



Ben Buster Taylor of Millstone, a highly-decorated veteran and a former Letcher County sheriff, died December 12 at the age of 71 after a long battle with cancer. His ashes will be buried with full military honors January 4 at Arlington National Cemetery. At Letcher County’s annual Veterans Day celebration this year, the day of November 10 was declared “Ben […]

Trash pick-up dates are changed



Because of the holidays, garbage collections which would normally take place on Mon., Dec. 24, will be made on Fri., Dec. 21. Pick-ups which would normally be made on Tue., Dec. 25, will be made on Wed., Dec. 26. The same schedule will apply for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Woman, 23, can’t get parole before 2012



A 23-year-old woman who pleaded guilty last year to helping her late boyfriend carry out a plan to rob and murder his grandmother has been denied parole. In addition to denying the request for early release by Kyla Bellis, the Kentucky Parole Board ruled that Bellis won’t be considered for parole again until at least 2012. Bellis, a native of […]

Stolen chicken made a good dinner



While my brother and I were young lads, one of our most enjoyable and memorable excursions was going walnut hunting in the fall. Besides, that was one of the few things that our stepmother would allow us to go outside the fence-in yard to do. She loved to sit by the fireplace and crack walnuts and eat them. I don’t […]

Rotary offers scholarships



The Whitesburg Rotary Club is offering the Meryl Brown Rotary Scholarship of $500 to a Letcher County student attending college during the spring semester of 2008. Criteria for selection of the recipient are scholastic achievement, person character, and financial need. Scholarship applications may be obtained by writing Roy Crawford at P.O. Box 929, Whitesburg, Ky. 41858, or by visiting the […]

Bluegrass at Norton



South Mountain Boys will perform at 8 p.m., Dec. 22, at The Country Cabin II in Norton, Va. The new facility is located across Alternate Rte. 58 from the original Country Cabin, 1 1/2 miles west of Norton. For more information, call (276) 679-3541.


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