City’s officials say they didn’t OK drilling site

Survivors of 1979 disaster plead with gas company to move well from tank

Officials say they would have kept a large natural gas well from being located on a hill above Jenkins if they had known the well would be drilled beside a water tank that has been a subject of concern since it was built nearly 30 years ago. Contractors for EQT, formerly Equitable Resources, began drilling the well last week on […]

Talking shop

D-Grayson, talked with Sens. Brandon Smith, RHazard, left, and Johnny Ray Turner, D-Drift, in the Senate chamber during the legislative session in Frankfort Tuesday. Turner’s district includes Letcher County. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)

School board upholds demotion after hearing that lasts 21-1/2 hrs.

The Jenkins Independent Schools Board of Education upheld Superintendent Debbie Watts’s demotion of former Jenkins Middle- High School Principal Teresa Bentley in a 4-0 vote after a mammoth 21-1/2 hour hearing that lasted for two days through two sessions. Board Chair Durward Narramore Jr., Vice Chair Tracy Goff, and members Eileen Sanders and Paul Stambaugh all sided with Superintendent Watts […]

Indictments allege wave of crime by Seco family

The Letcher County Grand Jury has named seven people in eight indictments, including a Pikeville man charged with the rape of a minor. The grand jury named Anthony Wayne Bentley, 28, of 126 Owens Drive, Apt. 76, Pikeville, in five counts. The charges include two counts of rape of a minor through forcible compulsion and two counts of unlawful transaction […]

Here’s four for the road

Hit the road, Jack, and don’t you come back No more no more no more no more Hit the road, Jack, and don’t you come back no more. We can’t help it. We just can’t get the words to Percy Mayfield’s classic 1961 R&B hit — immortalized by Ray Charles — out of our head as we contemplate four particularly […]

An addendum

While members of our state legislature were busy this week rushing through Senate Joint Resolution 67, which orders the Kentucky Geological Survey to conduct a study to see which state parks and other government-owned properties have the most natural gas that can be plundered, residents of the Woodland Trail neighborhood in downtown Jenkins were left to ponder whether they dare […]


No choice but not to fear

WASHINGTON President Obama faces three overlapping questions: When will middle-of-the-road voters start blaming him for the sick economy? When will he act decisively to deal with the mess that is our banking system? And can he keep managing his political twostep of appealing simultaneously to centrists and progressives? He has to confront all three at once. The economy will remain […]

Don’t surrender to recession stress

Do recessions make people sicker? Some studies say yes, some say no. The better question might be, “How is this recession affecting health?” Not in a good way, comes the answer. This recession — depression? — seems different. This recession is messing with our heads. When the economic arrows first turned downward, a crop of silver-lining stories contended that health-habits […]

Some savings, at least

We commend Gov. Steve Beshear for showing appropriate fiscal restraint regarding this year’s Kentucky Derby. On March 4, Beshear announced that his Kentucky Derby breakfast will be scaled back because of the economy and the state’s budget shortfall. Attendees will be required to pay $1 per item, abandoning the traditional free buffet that costs the state about $70,000 a year. […]

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