Apparent murder reported as mishap

Suspect in Jenkins shooting scheduled to appear at court hearing Thursday

What was initially reported to police as an accidental shooting inside a Jenkins home has transpired into a murder investigation centered around two Georgia men police say were in Letcher County taking part in “illegal activity involving drugs.” The shooting death of Walter Johnson Jr., 39, of Atlanta, was reported to Kentucky State Police as an accidental shooting about 1:14 […]

Feds cite Massey, small Ky. mine

By TIM HUBER AP Business Writer CHARLESTON, W.Va. Massey Energy Co. was cited for more than 80 safety violations uncovered in the latest round of special inspections targeting troubled mines in the United States, the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration said this week. The Massey citations are among 166 issued at eight mines in five states during special inspections […]

Hospital addition should be completed by summer

A new wing at the Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) hospital is on target to be completed by early summer. The first patient is expected to be treated in the 15,000-square-foot addition on June 27. “ We’re transitioning from the bricks and sticks portion to the finish work and the marketing and planning a big party for the grand opening,” […]

Veolia may be asked to run county water system

Changes are underway for the Letcher County Water and Sewer District even as ongoing construction projects add water lines on a daily basis. At a special called meeting of the board of directors on Thursday evening, Board Chairman Phillip “Pee Wee” Back announced that Superintendent Tim Reed will step down from the superintendent’s position as soon as a suitable replacement […]

Jenkins seniors may graduate on June 10

If students in Jenkins Independent Schools don’t miss any more days, Jenkins High School seniors will graduate on Friday, June 10. At the March meeting of the Jenkins Board of Education, newly hired Middle-High School Principal Laura Barker suggested the date and the board approved it unanimously. The date for eighthgrade graduation was set for June 9. Both graduation ceremonies […]

Points East

Advice arrived in many forms

Picking up where we left off last week, I am pleased to report that the mysterious sound that has been emanating from the woods here on Lowell Branch has been positively identified. An alert reader from Harlan County suggested that I go to and look up eastern Screech Owl. The site is a program of Cornell University and has […]

Board won’t pay for changes

The Letcher County Board of Education declined to approve a change order pertaining to the construction of the Letcher County Area Technology Center. Chris Russell, construction manager of the Letcher Area Technology Center project, told the board at Monday night’s meeting that a fire protection main needs to be lowered in order to bring in a storm sewer. An inbox […]

Soaring Wildcats Final Four bound

The only way last weekend could have been “My Old Kentucky Home” better would be if former Gov. Happy Chandler were alive to sing our song and my Corbin friend Malcolm Pace had a microphone to say, “Boyz, it don’t get no better than this.” Pikeville College is king of NAIA. Bears are national champions. Bellarmine is king of NCAA […]

Cinderella officially departs the NCAA tourney

The NCAA tournament is at a tipping point. The old model of a dozen or so tradition-rich programs from the six power conferences fighting among themselves for the title year after year is on its last legs. If neither of the so-called mid-majors playing in Saturday’s first semifinal, Butler or Virginia Commonwealth, break that stranglehold this year, one of their […]

Harrellson rises up from comic relief to cult figure

LEXINGTON Kentucky center Josh Harrellson could hear the murmurs when the NCAA ruled freshman big man Enes Kanter permanently ineligible in January. The thought was the Wildcats were done without the highly recruited Kanter. That they couldn’t thrive relying on Harrellson, a little-used reserve who played all of 88 minutes as junior, to serve as their only post presence. Harrellson […]

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