Legislation will address truckers driving on drugs



State Rep. Leslie Combs said she will sponsor legislation designed to make it tougher for coal truck drivers to continue working after they’ve failed a drug test. Combs, a Pikeville Democrat who represents most of Letcher County, said she intends to file the “drugged truck driver bill” during the next few days. She said the bill would require the state […]

State says it won’t install guardrail

Transportation Cabinet kills Isom-area project a month after it was approved

After spending several months getting petitions signed and writing letters to state officials, Shirley Breeding received word in December that guardrails would finally be placed on a dangerous stretch of Kentucky Highway 1148 between Isom and Little Colley. Mrs. Breeding has since received another letter her the project has been canceled. In a letter from State Highway Engineer O. Gilbert […]

Grand jury returns more indictments



A 23-year-old Letcher County woman has been indicted on 104 criminal charges in connection with the theft of more than $35,000 in cash from a Partridge machine shop. Ashley Renee Halcomb, of 13766 Highway 1103, Linefork, is named in five indictments returned last week by the Letcher County Grand Jury. The indictments charge that Halcomb stole $35,248 by forging 52 […]

Mini-grants are available here



Thirty-two southern and eastern Kentucky counties, including Letcher, are eligible to apply for funding assistance in the form of mini-grants for community projects that encourage and support improved community strategic planning and implementation. The Center for Rural Development in Somerset is accepting applications through its Developing and Implementing Community Strategies program. Funding is provided by the Appalachian Regional Commission.

Bill addresses shortage of doctors



The Kentucky Medical Association has announced a plan to address the state’s physician workforce shortage and its negative effects on the healthcare delivery system. A recently released study conducted by the Kentucky Institute of Medicine says Kentucky needs 2,300 more doctors just to meet national standards. The five-point plan includes: • Ease health insurance burdens on families and physicians. • […]

Top students



Students at Jenkins Middle/ High School named to the A All Honor Roll for the third six weeks of school are: Hillary Brashear, Kevin Brashear, Katilyne Burke, Katherine Church, Corey Collins, Sarah Corbett, Erica Creech, Ali Goff, Allison Goodson, Eric Grimm, Justin Hunsucker, Michael Kelly, Tameka Kirby, Matthew Little, Billy Mullins, Jessica Mullins, Joshua Potter, Tamara Potter, Brook Puckett, Christopher […]

Colson center working on Valentine’s display



Happy birthday wishes are being sent out to Debbie Isaac, Linda Lou Sturgill, Jack D. Sturgill, Drax Fouts, Katina Benton, Coolie Baker and Brooklynn Lucas. Brooklynn is the great-granddaughter of Coolie and Janice Baker. She was born January 25, 2007 on Coolie’s 69th birthday. That’s telling Coolie’s age! Get well wishes are being sent to Lawnie Isaacs Hall and Arthur […]

Pre-admission conferences set



Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College will hold a pre-admission conference for the nursing program at the Whitesburg Campus at 3 p.m., Feb. 14. No appointment or registration is required. Hazard Community and Technical College will hold a pre-admission conference for the practical nursing program at the Letcher County Area Technology Center in Whitesburg. The conference will be held Feb. […]

Concerts to feature coal mining music



Men of the Deeps, a choir of working and retired coal miners from the island of Cape Breton in Nova Scotia, Canada, will perform February 5 at Letcher County Central High School in Whitesburg. The group will be joined by singers featured on Music of Coal: Mining Songs from the Appalachian Coalfields. Music of Coal will begin at 6 p.m. […]

School may reopen



A representative of Accelerated Christian Education will make a presentation at 7 p.m., Feb. 8, at the Colson Pentecostal Holiness Church. Plans are being made to reopen the old Path Christian Academy. For more information, contact Pastor Josh Sturgill at (606) 634-2181.


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