Man guilty of motel robbery

A Letcher County jury has found a man guilty of robbing a Whitesburg motel at knifepoint and is recommending he serve 12 years in jail. Mark Joseph Morton, 25, of 95 Bicycle Lane, Whitesburg, was found guilty of first-degree robbery and intimidating a participant in the legal process in connection with the December 16 robbery at the Super 8 Motel […]

Workers injured

Woman gets 12 years in wreck case

A Virginia woman who drove under the influence of drugs and crashed her vehicle into another motorist last October has been sentenced to 12 years in prison. Crystal Lynn Barlow, 31, of Norton, Va., pleaded guilty on August 12 in Letcher Circuit Court to first-degree assault, first-degree criminal mischief, reckless driving, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol […]

Club pays for new goals, basketballs

The Rotary Club of Whitesburg has purchased new basketball goals for the basketball court located at Whitesburg Housing Authority in West Whitesburg . Rotary members invited all the children who live at the housing authority to a dedication event on August 10 to give out 24 new basketballs purchased by club members. Refreshments of pizza, cupcakes, cookies and drinks were […]

Gattons attend the Eolia school reunion


Joe Myrel and Linda Brown of Forest, Miss., have been on Cowan this week visiting Virginia and Randy. They have had a busy summer raising a big garden and putting it up. They also got a lot of work done while they were here. We really enjoyed having them. Joe, his son Josh, and daughter-in-law Kim, had been to Austin, […]

Watching 3-D movie was great experience

Big Cowan

Hello everyone. I hope all are having a good week. I took my sister Kathy Wolfe and her husband Eddie to the movies to see ‘Final Destination 5’ in 3-D. We all had a good time and the movie was great. It was the first time they had seen a 3-D movie. It was Kathy’s birthday, and Eddie’s is in […]

Rites are held for Jasper Hall

Jasper Claude Hall, 60, died August 10 at his home in Whitesburg. A son of the late Johnnie and Helen Cornett Hall, he was a brother of the late Nathan Hall. Surviving are two brothers, Burl Hall (and wife Teresa) of Mayking, and Randy Hall (and wife Sharon) of St. George, S.C.; two sisters, Judy Morton (and husband Coy) of […]

People worry for our country

The store window said 70 percent off. My son was getting a haircut across the street. I always enjoy chatting with the young woman from Boston who works there. Why not? The woman from Boston was gone. Her replacement, older, a touch of an accent, was just as friendly. She had no clue who I was. Out of the blue, […]

Political Cartoon

The new old Obama

WASHINGTON For President Obama, these are the days of never hearing an encouraging word. Not since his own supporters were losing faith in his presidential campaign in the summer of 2007 has Obama confronted so many bad reviews and such widespread frustration and angry criticism from his own side. Now, the censure is reinforced by terrible tidings from the outside […]

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