Relay for Life raises record $102,183 here

Letcher County residents helped raise more than $100,000 during a Relay for Life event held here to benefit the American Cancer Society. “To reach $100,000 in Letcher County is phenomenal but to reach it when the economy is in the shape it is in to me is just the icing on the cake,” said Alberta Perry, chairperson for the Letcher […]

All elementary schools will have P.E. next year

Physical education classes will be available to all elementary and middle school students in the Letcher County school system next year. Letcher County Schools Superintendent Anna C. Craft said Arlie Boggs, Beckham Bates, Cowan and Letcher elementary schools already have physical education classes through the Save the Children program. The Letcher County Board of Education has approved four new positions […]


REAPING THE REWARDS — Several students from Martha Jane Potter Elementary School at Kona were rewarded for some of their 2008-09 classroom achievements Monday with a bus trip to the new community park at Thornton. Pictured above are students, from left, Dylan Adams, Rachel Lucas, Adam Heiston, and Luke Potter. Tuesday was the last day of class for most students […]

Cops say they watched as fast-food worker ate pain pill he held illegally

An employee of a Whitesburg restaurant was arrested this week after he allegedly swallowed a prescription narcotic he possessed illegally in front of two police officers. The arrest was made after Sgt. Brian Damron of the Letcher County Sheriff’s Department and Kentucky State Police Trooper Randy Surber confronted 22-yearold Derrick L. Johnson in the Dairy Queen parking lot on June […]

Officials say black bear killed because it showed little fear of humans at Kingdom Come

Biologists with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources were forced to euthanize a 480-pound black bear last week after it began to lose its natural fear of people. The decision was made after the bear allowed a woman and small child to approach within four feet of it at Kingdom Come State Park at the Letcher-Harlan county line. […]

Harlan mine idled

HARLAN, Ky. Massey Energy says it has idled an underground coal mine in Harlan County and laid off 27 workers. Massey spokesman Jeff Gillenwater says the company decided to shut down Darby Mine No. 1 due to a sluggish economy and the “current coal market decline.” The mine opened in September. Coalgood Energy Company, a subsidiary of Richmond, Va.- based […]


Two eggs belonging to a female cardinal are seen in this photograph taken on Pine Mountain. The cardinal is Kentucky’s state bird.


GRADUATE — Heather Fields of Berea, was graduated from the licensed practical nursing program at Bluegrass Community and Technical College in Lexington last month. She is a former resident of Caudilltown. She has a son, Dustin, 6, and is engaged to marry Jeremy Day. She is the daughter of James and Wanda Fields of Berea, and the granddaughter of Mary […]

Four receive scholarships

Mary Abigail Adams, Christian Baker, and Devin Blair of Letcher County Central High School, and Nicole Revis of Jenkins High School are the recipients of the Foundation for Fighting Renal Disease in Eastern Kentucky Scholarships. The $100 scholarships are given by Dr. J.V. Chandarana of Hazard, a nephrologist, to the graduating seniors with the highest grade point averages and outstanding […]

Fiscal court accepts bid for demolition of old A&P

The Letcher County Fiscal Court has moved a step closer to building a proposed new $6 million recreational center in downtown Whitesburg. The court voted during a special meeting to accept a bid to demolish the old A&P building, where the center will be located, from Addington and DePriest of Jenkins. David Addington and Todd DePriest submitted the low bid […]

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