New proposal calls for Letcher Co. mail to hit Knoxville first

Local mail may take two to three days

Letters mailed from Whitesburg and most other Letcher County post offices will be processed and distributed from Knoxville, Tenn., under a new plan announced by the U.S. Postal Service. The Postal Service said it began studying its Hazard Customer Service Mail Processing Center on Sept. 15 and determined that the work being performed there can be better performed at the […]

Professor donates motorized wheelchair to disabled student

When Hazard Community and Technical College Professor John “Hugo” Back saw one of his students without a motorized wheel chair, he knew a source and had a newer and improved chair donated to the student. Paula Brewer is just completing her first semester at HCTC and she’s pleased to receive the new chair from Back’s family. Hugo’s sisterin law, Linda […]

Payne Gap line to serve 181

Access to clean drinking water will soon be available to 181 households in Letcher County. The Department for Natural Resources’ (DNR) Division of Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) announced this week the award of contract and the start of construction for phase one of the Payne Gap-Kona water supply project. “I am pleased AML is providing the citizens of Mayking and […]

‘Shoebox’ gifts still accepted

For families who still wish to pack gift of hope through Operation Christmas Child, it’s not too late. Many local families are choosing to pack shoebox gifts virtually through “Build-a-Box,” an online giving tool. Volunteers can visit the project’s website at’occ, select a child’s age and gender, shop through an online selection of gifts, “pack” them in an empty […]

Jenkins honors police, young fireman

December will go down as the month for honors in Jenkins, as Mayor G.C. Kincer presented certificates of merit to three of the city’s first responders at the Jenkins City Council’s regular meeting. Kincer told the council he wanted to take the opportunity to recognize the three, Police Chief Adam Swindall, Jenkins Police Officer Josh Richardson, and volunteer fireman Steven […]

Ralph E. Baker succumbs at 66

Ralph E. Baker, 66, of Andersonville, Ind., died Dec. 3. Born at Jackhorn, he was a son of the late Chester Everette Baker and Bessie Marie Spangler Baker Webb and a twin brother of the late Emory Lee Baker. He retired after 39 years with Valspar in Indiana, and was a member of the Andersonville Masonic Lodge F&AM. Surviving are […]

Fatal accident happened 60 years ago

December 3 marked the 60th anniversary of the deaths of the Rev. Kernel Sexton, 46, and his daughter, Emma Jean, 21, in an accident. The two were traveling in a truck that was struck by a L&N coal train at the Ermine railroad crossing. Rev. Sexton died at the Fleming Hospital a few hours after the accident, and his daughter […]


Watch for scholarships and deadlines

High school seniors should pay close attention to application deadlines for college admissions and financial aid. Here are some tips from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA): • If you have not yet chosen a college, narrow your list by visiting schools, comparing colleges online and talking with your counselor and your parents. • If you have not yet […]

Christmas brings visitors to ECCO

Greetings from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center. “But made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a servant, and coming in the likeness of men.” Philippians 2:7 December is when ECCO happily welcomes friends and sponsors from outside our area to visit and fellowship with our staff and folks in the community. This month I was delighted to […]

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