2011-06-29 E-Edition

Whitesburg’s Vermillion to lead sessions at Berea

Master artists from across the state have been selected to lead sessions at Berea’s first Festival of Learnshops in July. Luann Vermillion of Whitesburg is among the artists selected, and she will lead two workshops, both on her pressed flower art. Vermillion grew up and lives in Whitesburg, and has been interested in pressing flowers all her life. Working as […]

Transistor radios were big deal and big threat in Letcher County

Points East

Steve Adams worked on radios. He had a little 8 by 12-foot work shack with a roof over it out behind Uncle Stevie and Aunt Nan’s house and in the wintertime he used a little Ben Franklin stove with a pipe stuck through the roof to heat it. We would fry ‘taters and onions and cornbread fritters in a cast […]


Vet earns diploma

A Whitesburg-area man has received his high school diploma 45 years after he left to fight in Vietnam. Although Jack Newman of Solomon had completed his GED and taken some college classes, he regretted not having a high school diploma. “I felt out of place because I didn’t have one,” said Newman. “It was just an odd feeling. It’s just […]

Feds: Miners warned

LOUISVILLE Coal miners working underground were warned in advance of a search for cigarettes and lighters at a Pikeville mine with a history of methane gas leaks, federal officials said in a court filing. Federal inspectors had planned to search CAM Mining’s No. 28 mine after receiving a tip about miners smoking underground. U. S. Labor Department officials said in […]

Jenkins addresses student clothing, bullying

The Jenkins Independent Board of Education this week addressed a number of updates and changes in the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct. Changes presented to the board by Director of Pupil Personnel Harvey Tackett ranged from housekeeping, such as removing language concerning Site Based Councils, to new policies that include a parent/ student user agreement form for “acceptable use” […]

44 face drug counts

Arraignments are scheduled for July 29 in Letcher Circuit Court for 44 people who are named on felony drug charges in 66 indictments returned by the Letcher Grand Jury. The indictments are the result of investigations by the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department and the Kentucky State Police Drug Enforcement/ Special Investigations East Unit. Randall Holbrook, 59, 557 Golf Course […]

Isom, Neon Whitesburg to celebrate with a bang

Fireworks celebrations are planned in three Letcher County communities to commemorate Independence Day. A fireworks display paid for by the Isom Days Committee will begin at dark on July 3 at the Isom Fairgrounds. Live music and a magic show will start at 8 p.m. The City of Whitesburg’s Independence Day festivities at River Park begin at 6 p.m. on […]

10 years of teaching how to play mountain music

When Beverly May traveled to Ireland more than a decade ago to learn how to play fiddle, she observed older musicians teaching children there how to play music and wanted to apply a similar concept in Letcher County. After Cowan Community Center had hosted a series of successful day camps, organizers decided to have a camp centered around mountain music. […]

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