Old buildings are going down



Letcher County Judge/Executive Jim Ward has persuaded a natural gas company to use its heavy equipment to tear down about a dozen deteriorated buildings in the coming weeks. Ward said having EQT donate its services is a way of getting rid of “eyesores” at no cost to the county or property owners. “If the county had to go in and […]

County officials look at ‘cooking’ trash to cut costs



Letcher County could soon become one of the first local governments in the region to attempt to use pressurized steam to reduce household garbage by turning some of it into a renewable energy material called biomass. Letcher County Judge/Executive Jim Ward appointed a committee this week to determine the feasibility of hiring a firm to “cook” the county’s garbage before […]

Power companies cutting coal use, burning more gas



Coal’s contribution to electricpower generation during the first quarter of this year was the lowest in 30 years, the U. S. Energy Information Administration reports. Coal accounted for 46 percent of total electricity, three percentage points less than the same period last year and six points down from 2008. Most of the difference was made up by natural gas, which […]

Neon wants garbage bins used properly



The City of Fleming-Neon is putting citizens on notice about violating rules on garbage pickup, including the dumping of dead animals into garbage bins. Fleming-Neon City Foreman Jake Johnson told the Fleming-Neon City Council this week that sanitation workers will no longer take un-bagged garbage or bags that are not tied. Johnson told the council that some customers have started […]

More beautification work



Deputies find oxycodone tablets after traffic stop in Whitesburg



Arraignment is scheduled today (Wednesday) for a Whitesburg man arrested during a traffic stop and charged with possession of the painkiller oxycodone. Rodney L. Webb, 43, of 76 Body Shop Drive, was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance and second-degree possession of a controlled substance. Lt. Brian Damron of the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department said Webb was […]

Crowd attends Halcomb-Blair reunion



Hey y’all! How have you been doing? Hopefully just dandy. Had you given up hope that I would ever sit down and write again? I believe Mom had. I’ve either forgotten or been too busy to write every week for I don’t know how long. I am sorry. How are you liking this weather? It sure has been a hot […]

Kladis, Kincer are wed



Regina Anne Kladis and Aaron Clay Kincer were married in Chattanooga, Tenn., on July 2 in a ceremony offi- ciated by Dr. J. Stephen Rich at the Elder Mountain estate of Dr. and Mrs. Susan Rich. Molly Childers, sister of the bride, served as maid of honor. The best man was Jason Scott Kincer, brother of the bridegroom. A Greek […]

Jenkins Independent Schools selected



Jenkins Independent Schools has been selected to join a collaboration of five Kentucky school districts, the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative, and the Rutherford Learning Group that will focus systemic efforts on effective learning and leadership. The new initiative, P.E.T.L.L. (Perpetuating Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Leadership), is a multi- year project that focuses on developing instructional talent from the inside […]

Stanley Hughes buried at Deane



Funeral services for Stanley Hughes, 71, of Deane, were held August 5 at Millstone Missionary Baptist Church. Burial was in the family cemetery at Deane. A son of the late Creed and Hattie Branham Hughes, he died August 2 at Vicco. He was the father of the late Leslie Hughes and Stanley Ray Hughes. He was also preceded in death […]


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