Woman, 61, reported missing from N.C. minutes after fatal accident

A husband became worried Monday night when his 61-year-old wife never returned from grocery shopping in a small town in North Carolina. He reported her missing to police and soon learned she had died in a head-on collision February 25 near Letcher County, more than a four-hour drive from her home. Kentucky State Police said Betty Joe Randolph, 61, of […]

Bill targets high truckers

State Rep. Leslie Combs has followed through with her promise to introduce legislation that would make it tougher for truck drivers to continue working after they’ve failed a drug test. Combs, a Pikeville Democrat who represents most of Letcher County in the House of Representatives, is the primary sponsor of House Bill 563, which would require an employer to notify […]


Combs files second timber bill

State Rep. Leslie Combs has filed a second bill designed to address the problem of timber theft in Kentucky. The bill, known as HB 631, was introduced in the House of Representatives on Monday. It would: • amend KRS 514.010, the state law relating to definitions for theft offenses, to create a definition for “timber.” • amend KRS 514.030 relating […]

Hospital hires ex-governor after getting rare payment

FRANKFORT The eastern Kentucky hospital that has hired former Gov. Ernie Fletcher as a consultant got a $3.4 million state settlement in the final weeks of the Fletcher administration for disputed Medicaid claims. Records from the state Department for Medicaid Services show that last Oct. 9, the state agreed to pay $3,446,836 in exchange for Pikeville Medical Center dropping its […]

Tyme to play

East KY Tyme will play bluegrass music at the Gordon Fire Department at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 1. Admission is $5 and all proceeds will benefit the fire department. For more information, call Astor Taylor at (606) 633-2708.

Training in testing water is available

The Kentucky River Watershed Watch and The Head of Three Rivers Project will offer a free one-day water testing class in Whitesburg. The class is open to anyone over 18 years of age who would like to volunteer to test water for Watershed Watch. The class will begin at 9 a.m., March 22, in the basement of the Harry M. […]

Revival planned

The Lewis Creek Pentecostal Church will host a revival beginning on March 3 with services starting at 7 p.m. The speaker will be the Rev. Randy Brown of Waynesville, Ohio. There will be a special afternoon service at 3 p.m., March 2. Everyone is invited to attend. Ron Oplinger is pastor of the church.

Summer break may come early to Jenkins students

If winter storms continue to avoid Letcher County (which looked doubtful Tuesday night), students in the Jenkins Independent School System will go on summer break earlier than usual. At its February meeting this week, the Jenkins Independent Board of Education was told by Director of Pupil Personnel Harvey Tackett that May 15 might be the last day of school for […]

Jenkins teachers praise new interactive learning device

The Jenkins Independent Schools Board of Education was treated to a demonstration of math education in the 21st Century at its February meeting. Hannah Harrison, who teaches math in grades 7 through 12 at Jenkins Middle High School, demonstrated the Interwrite Pad, which she compared to the computerized Smart Board. The Interwrite Pad is a hand-held device that interacts with […]

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