FDA says Zicam nasal spray can cause loss of smell

WASHINGTON Consumers should stop using Zicam Cold Remedy nasal gel and related products because they can permanently damage the sense of smell, federal health regulators said this week. The over-the-counter products contain zinc, an ingredient scientists say may damage nerves in the nose needed for smell. The other products affected by the Food and Drug Administration’s announcement are adult and […]

Maggard is new coach at Jenkins High School

The new Jenkins High School football coach says he is ready to rebuild the school’s football program. Larry Maggard, who has been an assistant coach at Letcher County Central High School for the past four years, knows equipment must be replaced, new uniforms are needed and the locker room is “in really, really bad shape.” “It’s a huge undertaking,” said […]


FRIENDS DON’T LET FRIENDS FIGHT CANCER ALONE was this year’s Relay for Life theme for employees of the Whitesburg ARH Hospital. Five hospital employees were recently diagnosed with cancer and co-workers wanted to show their support by wearing T-shirts that said “Friends don’t let friends fight cancer alone.” Hospital employees walked from each of the five cancer patients’ homes to […]

Flash flood damages homes in Perry Co.

Residents in Perry County are cleaning up after flash flooding damaged an estimated 25 to 40 homes. John Epperson, the county’s emergency director, told the Lexington Herald-Leader that firefighters had to wade into high water to help some residents escape on Monday. One two-story home was knocked off its foundation, but Epperson said most residents will be able to return […]

Interest in Quilt Heritage Project is growing

Several local artists have volunteered to paint quilt squares to be installed on barns or public buildings throughout Letcher County. The project began in Ohio a few years ago and is spreading very rapidly throughout the Midwest and into the Southern states. The purpose of the project is to promote tourism by creating driving tours to encourage people to visit […]


Students at Cowan Head Start have been enjoying weekly music and storytelling. The program, provided by the Cowan Community Action Group and the Appalachian Early Childhood Center in Whitesburg, introduced the young children to traditional mountain music as well as storytelling. The children and their parents also had a square dance. The program was funded by a grant from the […]

Blood drive set

A blood drive will be held from noon to 7 p.m., June 25, on the Kentucky Blood Center Bloodmobile at Whitesburg Plaza. The drive is sponsored by the Central Kentucky Blood Center and Whitesburg Wal-Mart. Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in good general health. For more information, call (800) 775- […]

Cougar football camp scheduled

The fourth annual Letcher County Central High School Cougar football camp for students who will be in grades three to eight in the fall will be held July 13- 16. The camp will take place at the high school football field from 9 a.m. to noon each day. The cost is $50 which includes a t-shirt, breakfast served at 8:30 […]

Meeting planned

The Appalachian Industrial Authority will meet Thursday, June 18, at the Jenkins Public Library. The meeting will begin at 3 p.m.

Golf scramble set

The second annual Letcher County Central Football Golf Scramble will be held Friday, July 24, at Raven Rock Golf Course in Jenkins. The event will begin at 9 a.m. and the cost is $200 per team ($50 per golfer), which includes green fee, cart, and lunch. For more information, call Hillard Howard at (606) 634-6110 or David Setzer at (606) […]

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