Jenkins council declines to vote on alcohol sales

The Jenkins City Council declined this week to vote on a proposal that would enable qualifying restaurants and hotels to sell alcoholic beverages. A motion to adopt an ordinance that would enable Jenkins to become the 23rd Kentucky city with “limited” alcohol sales died after not being seconded at the council’s October meeting Monday night. Council members who declined to […]


Brothers Keaston, Anthony and Austin Banks, pictured from left, spent Tuesday morning of their fall break from school fishing near their Aunt Sheila Boggs’s house in the Upper Bottom in Whitesburg. When this photo was taken at 8:50 a.m., the boys had already caught three redeye and one bluegill. Keaston and Austin are 11-year-old twins and are sixthgrade students at […]

Funeral scheduled for Father Randall

Funeral services will be held in Massachusetts this week for a popular Catholic priest who was responsible for bringing Mother Teresa’s Missionary Sisters of Charity to Jenkins. A Mass of Christian Burial for the Rev. Edward L. Randall, OMI, 87, will be held tomorrow at 11 a.m. at the Chapel at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Residence, 486 Chandler Street, […]

Grand jury indicts 12

The Letcher County Grand Jury has named 12 people in 15 indictments, including a Jenkins man charged with complicity to burglary, complicity to robbery, complicity to assault, and terroristic threatening. The grand jury says Ricky Allen Bates Jr., 24, 112 Libby Lane, Jenkins, entered the home of James McPherson at 180 Rocky Hollow Road, Jenkins, with Melissa L. Slone on […]

County’s first golf course now a neighborhood

Around 1934-35, several businessmen in Letcher County wanted to build a golf course to serve the county. The group included R. R. Wilkey (L&N Railroad executive); Tom Haymond (superintendent of Elkhorn Coal Company); Roland Price; French Hawk (lawyer); Follace Fields (football coach); Herman Hale (banker); Woody Dawahare (merchant), and several other local citizens. The only suitable rolling land available was […]

Country’s next great boom may come from turning coal into gas

SAN FRANCISCO Our economy sure could use the Next Big Thing. Something on the scale of railroads, automobiles or the Internet — the kind of breakthrough that emerges every so often and builds industries, generates jobs and mints fortunes. Silicon Valley investors are pointing to something called cleantech — alternative energy, more efficient power distribution and new ways to store […]


WINNER — Ethan Collins is the proud owner of a new bicycle that was given away by the Whitesburg Masonic Lodge during the Mountain Heritage Festival. Ethan is six years old and is in first grade at West Whitesburg Elementary School. He is a son of Brian and Tonya Collins of Ermine. His grandparents are Geneva Collins of Ermine and […]

First 100 doses of swine flu vaccine to arrive here soon

The Letcher County Health Department will distribute 100 doses of a nasal spray vaccine to protect against the H1N1 flu on a first-come, first-serve basis as soon as the shipment arrives sometime next week. Health Department Director Lana Polly-Mullins said the county’s first vaccine allotment will be in the form of a nasal spray which contains a weakened, live flu […]

Blair retires from Army

Lt. Col. Tim Blair, son of Doreen Calhoun of Blackey and the late Bernard Blair, has retired from the Army after serving 20 years. Blair was commissioned an infantry officer after his graduation from Morehead State University in 1988. During his Army career, Blair served in numerous places throughout the United States and overseas. He was working in the Pentagon […]


Brooke Kincer was crowned homecoming queen for Whitesburg Middle School during ceremonies last week. Miss Kincer, pictured with escort Max Hall, is a daughter of Greg and Billie Ann Kincer and granddaughter of Eunice and Billy Mullins and Nancy and late Glenn Eddie Kincer.

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