Fear of swine flu results in closing of another school

Classes at Cowan Elementary School have been canceled for the remainder of the week after more than 60 students were absent on Aug. 25, according to Letcher County Schools Supt. Anna Craft. Craft said some students had flulike symptoms and others may have a stomach virus. “We’ll just have to give it time to run its course,” said Craft. Classes […]

Court OK’s plans for rec center

Planning is now complete on the new Letcher County Recreation Center and the project should begin construction by early next year. The Letcher County Fiscal Court approved the plans presented by architect Jack Waddell of Summitt Engineering and Judge/Executive Jim Ward said he hopes to see the center open to the public by early 2011. Plans for the two-story center […]


Joe-Pye Weed is making its annual appearance in Letcher County. The plant is native to the eastern United States and grows wild in eastern Kentucky. Officially known as Eutrochium, the plant is named for Joe Pye, an Indian healer who used the plant for a variety of medicinal purposes. (Eagle photo)

Water connection should bring new projects

The board of directors of the Letcher County Water and Sewer District have received a long awaited dose of good news about a water line connecting Knott County’s water system with Letcher County. Steve Caudill of Bell Engineering told the board that the Knott County /Highway 1410 Interconnect has been approved by the Kentucky Division of Water and will be […]

Woman hopes to learn the identity of couple in portrait mom painted

Patricia Holbrook, of Mayking, wants to know the history behind a painting her late mother created in 1988. Holbrook recently found the artwork in an old sketchpad while she was going through some of her mother’s belongings. Her mother, Flo Holbrook Mayhew, died June 6 at the age of 75. The painting is of a young couple from the 1940s […]

Barter Theatre to stage ‘Forever Plaid’

Barter Theatre will stage two touring performances in September, at Ben Hur, Va., and Pound, Va., of the musical “Forever Plaid”. “Forever Plaid” features a setting in the 1960s and such memorable hits as “Catch A Falling Star,” “Sixteen Tons” and “Chain Gang.” A group of young male singers, on their way to pick up tuxes for their first big […]

Blood drive set for August 28

A blood drive will be held from noon to 7 p.m., Aug. 28, 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- […]

Whitesburg receives $171,480 loan for water treatment plant project

The Capital Projects and Bond Oversight Interim Joint Committee has approved a low-interest loan for $171,480 for improvements to the Whitesburg Water Treatment Plant, according to Senator Johnny Ray Turner, D-Drift. The funding is through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. “I am pleased that Whitesburg is receiving this money to make needed improvements to the treatment plant […]

PRIDE awards $11,930 for education in county

Three Letcher County schools have been awarded a total of $11,930 in PRIDE Environmental Education Grants. Martha Jane Potter Elementary School plans to build an outdoor classroom with its $4,000 grant. The school estimated that 200 students will use the classroom during the school year. West Whitesburg Elementary School will use its $3,930 grant to create and maintain a garden […]

School board has more money than it thought

The Letcher County Board of Education learned at its meeting Monday night that the school district ended the 2008-2009 school year with more money left over than anticipated. District Finance Officer Roger Martin, who estimated the ending balance to be $1.9 million, said the unaudited ending balance is $2,680,212. “That’s a pretty good balance,” said Martin. Martin said the district […]

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