City adopts tough law on vandalism



The Whitesburg City Council has voted unanimously to give final approval to a new ordinance prohibiting the use of motorized vehicles on the city walking trail that leads from downtown to West Whitesburg. The ordinance, approved July 31, prohibits all motorized vehicles from the paved trail with the exception of city maintenance vehicles, emergency vehicles, and motorized wheelchairs. Other vehicles […]

Children meet Miss Kentucky



MEETING MISS KENTUCKY — Patrick Stewart, 6, of Whitesburg ate an apple while Miss Kentucky Mallory Ervin signed an autograph for him during the Letcher County Kids Day Back-to-School Bash at River Park in Whitesburg last week. Rain and mud did little to dampen the enthusiasm of those attending the event. (Photo by Sally Barto) Newly-crowned Miss Kentucky signed autographs […]

Grand jury indicts 15



The Letcher County Grand Jury has named 15 people in 16 indictments, including two women who are charged with burglary and four counts of assault. Dorothy Eureka Lewis, 44, of 136 Elkhorn, Shelby Gap, is accused of burglary at an apartment at Goodwater Falls Apartments in Jenkins on May 2, 2009, where she is charged with causing injury to Sandra […]

Walking for 39 years



George Walters, 68, has been walking for 39 years and recently visited Letcher County. Walters has walked through 41 countries, starting with a pilgrimage in 1970 from Barcelona, Spain to Jerusalem at age 29. The trek took a year and was 4,000 miles long. Since then he has walked more than 39,000 miles. Walters’s journeys start in May and end […]

Teacher looks for former students



Thirty years ago, Wendy Ewald was in Letcher County teaching students how to document their lives through photography. Ewald will be back in Letcher County on Saturday and would like to reconnect with some of her former students to see what they are doing now. Ewald taught photography classes at Campbell’s Branch, Cowan, and Kingdom Come elementary schools between 1975 […]

Goat rescued after month on highwall



The photo above shows Nellie the goat before her rescue from a 45-foot highwall at a reclaimed strip mine at Roxana. For several weeks, Jeff Mullins and other workers at Enterprise Mining Company’s coal preparation plant located nearby were able to keep the goat alive by devising a system to get food to her (bottom photo). The Boer goat was […]

Liquor, moonshine gets poured after taken from vault



The Letcher County Sheriff ‘s Department poured out about 26 gallons of old moonshine and halfpint bottles of liquor, mostly bourbon whiskey, that had been stored in an evidence locker. Letcher County Sheriff Danny Webb said the moonshine and liquor was about five years old and no longer needed to be kept as evidence because the criminal cases involving the […]

Cecil Roberts is re-elected UMWA chief



Cecil E. Roberts has won a new five-year term as president of the United Mine Workers of America. The union announced Roberts’s re-election Monday. Daniel J. Kane was reelected as international secretary treasurer. Roberts has served as president of the mine workers union for 14 years. The union says he is the secondlongest serving president in its history, after John […]

Retired teachers to meet Aug. 12



The Letcher County Retired Teachers will meet on Wednesday, August 12, at noon at Fishpond Lake. Those attending should bring a covered dish. For more information, contact Joyce Whitaker at 633- 3449.

Labor secretary ‘in awe’ after tour of underground coal mine in W.Va.



MIRACLE RUN, W.Va. U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis took her first tour of an underground mine Tuesday, flanked by business and labor leaders seeking her ear on such issues as climate-change legislation and the administration’s approach to regulating mining. Democratic Congressman Alan Mollohan, United Mine Workers President Cecil Roberts and others spent about two hours with Solis some 700 feet […]


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