Parents and principal credit ranch with improving children’s behavior

Do the right thing. Be a good citizen. This message is displayed on the marquee at Letcher Elementary School to encourage students to be the best they can. LES Principal Wendy Mullins says the sign is there to remind her students of the need to have a sense of belonging and pride in the community. “What we want from our […]

School district gets group’s top award

The Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA) presented the Letcher County Public School District with the Public Education Achieves in Kentucky (PEAK) Award on May 5 at Letcher Elementary School in recognition of a districtwide piano program. All third and fourth grade classes in the district, which is about 500 students, take piano lessons once a week. “Music is so important,” […]


University of Kentucky basketball players DeAndre Liggins (left) and Brandon Knight (right) are leaving for the NBA. Terrence Jones (center) announced he will stay another season. (AP photo)

Study: Fracking for natural gas brings methane to ground water

Methane levels were 17 times higher in ground water near areas where shale-gas “fracking” wells had been drilled compared with areas where no gas drilling had occurred, a new study has found. Duke University researchers analyzed methane gas in 68 private ground-water wells across five counties in Pennsylvania and New York. The study cited “evidence for methane contamination of drinking […]

Can Joker Phillips do what is needed to fix UK football?

Did anybody notice that a certain Big East football team had five players drafted in last week’s NFL draft? No, not the one Big Blue Nation loves to hate on a daily basis, but the one that embarrassed UK in last January’s BBVA Compass Bowl. Yes, Pittsburgh, that team that everyone said UK laid an egg against. Well, it turns […]

Linda Gibson dies in Florida

Linda Faye Profitt Gib- son, 61, of Naples, Fla., died May 8. Born at Camp Branch, she was a daughter of the late Taft and Mattie Tyree Profitt. She was a sister of the late Bobbie D. Profitt, Burchell Profitt, Bennett Profitt, James ‘Jimbo’ Edward Profitt, Mildred Bonnie Profitt Barnes, and Shirley Deloris Profitt. Surviving are her husband, Earl C. […]

ATV charity ride

The sixth annual Letcher County Mountain Crawlers Relay for Life all-terrain vehicle Charity Ride will be held May 21 at Fishpond Lake. Registration will be at 9 a.m. at the new ATV Park at the lake, and the ride will begin at 10 a.m. Riders 16 and under must wear helmets. All donations will benefit the Letcher County Relay for […]

Services are set for Sarah Profitt

Sarah Profitt, 75, of Whitesburg, died May 8 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. A daughter of the late Bill and Minnie Collins Williams, she was a sister of the late Jack Williams, Carl Williams, and Mattie Sue Williams. Surviving are her husband, Roscoe Profitt; two sons, James Profitt and wife Jenifer, and Ronald Profitt and wife Beverly, all of Whitesburg; […]

Class on mental illness offered

National Alliance on Mental Illness Hazard will host a free class for family members caring for adults with chronic mental illness. Participants will learn about different mental illnesses, medications, problem solv- ing, communication and biology of the brain. A support group will also be offered. An informational meeting about the class will be held at the Perry County Library at […]

Cruisin’ for a Cure at Fleming-Neon

Crusin’ for a Cure will take place May 14 in Fleming Neon to benefit Relay for Life. The cruise will start at 11 a.m. on Main Street. The cost is $10 per vehicle and includes one dinner. Additional dinners are $5. At 3 p.m., the vehicles will leave Fleming- Neon and go to Pikeville to Muscle on Main. The event […]

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