Master banjo player shares love of craft with 11-year-old

PICKERS — Lee Sexton, left, and Jack Adams, 11, played the banjo in Sexton’s living room on August 15. Love for playing the banjo is at the center of a unique relationship between a bashful 11-year-old boy and an 81-year-old man who is a well-known banjo player. Jack Adams, a sixth-grader who attends Letcher Elementary School, has developed a passion […]

Threat of swine flu closes school here

Classes remained canceled today (Wednesday) at one Letcher County elementary school as health and school officials are waiting to learn the test results of a student who may have contracted the H1N1 flu, commonly referred to as swine flu. “I am going to be cautious for kids,” said Letcher Schools Supt. Anna Craft. “It’s better to have healthy kids in […]

Wreck fatal to woman, 59

A Letcher County woman died Tuesday in a three-car accident at Glomawr in Perry County. Lorene Dollarhide of Cowan, was traveling north on Hwy. 15 toward Hazard when she apparently lost control of her 2001 Buick LeSabre and crossed into the southbound lane. Dollarhide’s car struck a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Billie Combs of Happy, head on. A 2007 […]

Indictments charge 11

The Letcher County Grand Jury has returned indictments naming 11 people, including two men charged with menacing, terroristic threatening and complicity to assault. Robert Chad Brown, 34, 273 Barbara Bates Road, Whitesburg, is accused of complicity with James Orville Fields to assault Brittney Looney on July 4. Brown is also charged with terrorist threatening, menacing and wanton endangerment of Looney. […]

UMW chief: Miner memorial honors ‘heroes’

Miners whose names appear on a memorial unveiled last week should be remembered as heroes for the improved mine safety laws their deaths helped bring about, United Mine Workers President Cecil Roberts said. “These miners are heroes,” Roberts said during a ceremony at the Cumberland campus of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College. “They gave their lives to make things […]

Worker OK after roof collapse

A construction worker removing debris from the old A&P building in Whitesburg was injured after a section of roof collapsed on him Tuesday afternoon. Perry Fowler, a firefighter with the Whitesburg Fire Department, said Paul Hall, 47, of Neon, was under a section of the building that was still intact when a section of the roof began collapsing from the […]

Open house, meetings set

Letcher County Central High School will host an open house for all parents and students from 5:30 to 7 p.m., August 31. The school will also hold a series of parent meetings to focus on academic programs, school requirements, and upcoming events. The schedule of the meetings, which will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the school, is […]

Students honored

Thirteen students from Letcher County received Dean’s Awards at Eastern Kentucky University for the spring semester. Dean’s Awards are give to EKU students who are named to the Dean’s List for three semesters. The students are Phoebe Lynne Honeycutt, Sarah Meghan Brashear, Danielle Nicole Bentley, Emily Diane Craft, and Lindsay Inez-Lee Hart, all of Whitesburg; Lauren Elizabeth Channell, Charity Noel […]


Art supplies were donated to the Burdine Campus of Jenkins Independent School by East Clemson Baptist Church of Clemson, S.C. The group was in the area working with Bessie McPeeks of God’s Love from a Diaper Bag.

Cut cost of going to college

One of the biggest college expenses is tuition. You can save on tuition at many colleges by taking more classes each semester. That’s because many schools charge a flat rate if you’re a full-time student, whether you’re taking 12 credit hours or 18 credit hours. If you need 120 hours to graduate and only take 12 hours a semester, it […]

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