County officials call for flu shots to cost no more than $15



Magistrates this week authorized Letcher County Judge/Executive Jim Ward to ask all local healthcare providers to place a $15 limit on the amount they charge for flu shots. At its October meeting Monday, the court voted 5-0 to approve a resolution introduced by District Five Magistrate Wayne Fleming authorizing Ward to write a letter to Appalachian Regional Healthcare and to […]

Mom of 3 battles breast cancer



Danita Conn has always looked up to her mother, Henrietta Wright, who was diagnosed with breast cancer when Conn was 11 years old. Wright kept a positive attitude and tried to continue with her normal routine as much as she could while going through treatments and surgeries to rid her body of cancer. On March 5, the day that marked […]

Grand jury says couple caused fight on school bus

Hallie couple among nine indicted

The Letcher County Grand Jury has named nine people in 11 indictments, including a Hallie couple charged with inciting their child and another child to attack the children of potential witnesses against the husband in a court case. The grand jury says in separate indictments that Robert Dean Smith, 42, and Bessie Smith, 37, of 676 Bates Fork, Hallie, tried […]

Whitaker known widely for square dance calls



Letcher County has lost one of its best known advocates for preserving the Appalachian culture. Charlie L. Whitaker died of an apparent heart attack, as he arrived for an 80th birthday celebration in his honor on the campus of Alice Lloyd College on Oct. 17. Whitaker was famous for making dulcimers, which were frequently on display at the Mountain Heritage […]

Birds put on show at Jenkins



Wood ducks, Canada geese, seagulls and cranes each make an annual appearance at Jenkins Lake, but last week a new visitor made a quick stop in Jenkins. At least 50 egrets could be seen flying around the lake and nesting in tall trees near the lake on Oct. 14. The large white herons with long necks and sharp beaks also […]

WMMT-FM hires general manager



WMMT-FM 88.7, the listener supported community radio station that is part of Appalshop, has hired Marcie Crim as its new general manager. Cheryl Marshall, the former general manager Cheryl Marshall will remain on staff in the new position of operations manager. “WMMT-FM has a proud history to honor and an exciting future to look forward to,” said Crim. “I’ve fallen […]

HCTC to offer mining class



Hazard Community and Technical College will offer a 24- hour surface initial mining class beginning Monday, Nov. 9. Classes will be held Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, from 6 to 10 p.m. for two weeks at the technical campus. Vance Arnold is the instructor. Contact Dianna to register at 606-487-3292.

Replica of sub used in Civil War at Leatherwood



A replica of the first submarine used in combat in the United States will be available for public viewing near Letcher County. A replica of the CSS Hunley, a submarine used in combat by the Confederate Navy, will be on exhibit at the Battle of Leatherwood re-enactment this weekend. Dr. David Narramore, chairman of the Letcher County Tourism Commission, reminded […]

HCTC to hold career fair



Hazard Community and Technical College will host a career fair on Thursday, Oct. 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the First Federal Center in Hazard. Those participating in the event include Army National Guard, Sapphire Coal, Mary Kay, Kentucky State Police, U.S. Navy, Buckhorn Children and Family Services, Sykes, UCM and Partners, and HCTC programs and departments.

Coal Week

Peabody expects coal business to improve as recession eases

ST. LOUIS Peabody Energy Corp. said Tuesday its profits plunged 71 percent with both Europe and the U.S. using much less coal-fired power in the recession. But the performance still easily topped Wall Street’s expectations as the company raised its production outlook, confident its choppy ride over the past year may be easing. The company is now moving aggressively into […]


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