NOW REPRESENTING PART OF LETCHER



Ky. Power says bills are higher because electricity use is up

Some bills are more than double; officials urge complaints to PSC

As temperatures continue to drop, Letcher County residents continue to see the cost of their electric bills go up. Bills for some homeowners have more than doubled from last month’s total. Ronn Robinson, cooperate communications manager with Kentucky Power Co., acknowledged this week the power company has been receiving calls from customers complaining about higher bills. Robinson said the higher […]

Complaint says Jenkins got funds that were intended for Whitesburg



A hearing will be held in Frankfort next week to determine whether the City of Whitesburg will have a say in how state government must spend $240,000 in fine money the city believed it would be getting. The city’s “motion to intervene” in a case involving the state Energy and Environment Cabinet and Mountain Rail Properties Inc. of Letcher County […]

Ruling a win ‘for all miners,’ attorney says



A ruling handed down last week by the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission is a “precedent-setting victory” for all underground coal miners, says an attorney involved in the case. The Mine Safety and Health Review Commission ruled January 7 that when a miner files a safety discrimination case with the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and […]

Fleming-Neon officials say paying for private street lights must end

$15,000 per year cost for lights is bringing old practice to end

A number of Fleming-Neon residents have apparently been furnished with private street lights courtesy of the city for quite a while now, but that will soon stop. At the January meeting of the Fleming-Neon City Council, Council Member Cheryl Furby told the council there are approximately 160 power poles with lights on them in the city limits and that a […]

86 children fill Walmart for late shopping spree



About 86 children didn’t seem to mind waiting a month to Christmas shop with Kentucky State Police troopers last Thursday. KSP Det. Clayton Stamper said he had to reschedule the “Shop with a Trooper” event three times because of inclement weather. KSP Post 13 in Hazard serves Letcher, Knott, Leslie, Perry and Breathitt counties. Stamper said school in all five […]

Artwork on exhibit here



Works by a southwest Virginia artist are now being displayed at Summit City in Whitesburg. Susan Wager, assistant director of the Lenfest Center for the Arts at Washington and Lee University, describes artist J.J. Cromer’s artwork as “meticulously detailed”. “J.J. Cromer’s mixed media works of art seem like visual music,” said Wager. “Repetitive, rhythmic colors and shapes fill their surfaces. […]

Beshear urges Kentuckians to use tax credit



FRANKFORT Gov. Steve Beshear is urging low- and middle-income Kentuckians to apply for a federal tax credit that will increase their refunds. Beshear said this week the Earned Income Tax Credit is an important anti-poverty tool. Eligibility for the tax credit is based on income and household size. Beshear said a family consisting of two parents and two children can […]

Dean’s List is released



Six Letcher County students were named to the Fall 2010 Dean’s List at Midway College, the school announced Jan. 1. In order to be named to the Dean’s List, a student must be classifi ed as full time and must have achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.60 for the semester. The Letcher County students on the list are: […]

Snow caused everyone to stock up on food

Whitesburg

Hello everyone, hope you are all doing well. Was everyone ready for more snow? I’m all snowed in again. I went out and bought food so I wouldn’t have to go out. I think about everyone else did the same thing. I enjoyed seeing all the people there, Shirley and David Trent, Avis Chandler, and Lucky Sexton, who was looking […]


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