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College plan now drawing criticism here and elsewhere



A measure that would take millions in coal severance taxes to place the private University of Pikeville into the state system is starting to draw criticism from local officials in eastern Kentucky. Harlan County Judge/Executive Joe Grieshop told The Harlan Daily Enterprise that the money should go to the community college system, which has benefited Harlan, Letcher and Bell counties. […]

Some won’t have to pay ‘tap’ fees



No tap-on fees will be charged by the Letcher County Water and Sewer District on water line projects funded by the Division of Abandon Mine Lands (AML). AML representative Phillip Bowling attended the January meeting of the Water and Sewer District’s Board of Directors and said that AML has traditionally picked up the tab for tap fees. The board agreed […]

Jenkins says free school meals save money for district



Since the Jenkins Independent School District joined with the National Food Service Program to provide meals at no charge to all students, deficits in food service have actually gone down. The Jenkins Independent Board of Education learned at its January meeting that participation in the Community Eligibility Option has significantly reduced its food service deficit. Kentucky is one of three […]

ALC cites 19 students



Nineteen students from Letcher County have been honored by Alice Lloyd College in Pippa Passes for earning a high level of academic distinction during the Fall 2011 semester. Named to the President’s List for achieving a 4.0 grade point average (based on a 4.0 scale) were: Albany Beth Buttrey of Whitesburg, Colton Tyler Cornett of Blackey, Alessandra Belle D’Amato of […]

Discontinued flights to hurt eastern Kentucky residents



Getting there from here by air is about to become a little more difficult for southeastern Kentucky residents. On the heels of American Airlines’ decision to pull out of Tri- Cities Airport in Kingsport, Tenn., comes the news that AirTran Airlines will stop its daily non-stop flight to Orlando, Fla., from Bluegrass Airport in Lexington. American Airlines, which filed for […]

Raptor program grows into new building here



Master falconer Mitch Whitaker is amazed by the number of injured fowl the Letcher County Extension Office has cared for during the 15 months since Whitaker obtained a rehabilitator’s license. Whitaker, who is employed by the University of Kentucky as the maintenance manager at the Letcher County Extension Office, said at least 25 birds including an immature bald eagle have […]

Coming events



LETCHER COUNTY ROCK, POP, BLUES RAP, CHRISTIAN CRUZ CONTRERAS (of Black Lillies) and JOSH OLIVER; Fri., Jan. 27 at Summit City. STATIC; Sat., Jan. 28 at Summit City. BONE CHINA (featuring members of Bent Senses and X-Plicit); Sat., Feb. 4 at Summit City. JOHN CORABI (former singer for Motley Crue); Fri., Feb. 10 at Summit City. BROWAN LOLLAR & THE […]

McGraw soars on new album

Audio Review

Tim McGraw, “Emotional Traffi c” (Curb) Tim McGraw never has lacked ambition, as illustrated by the country star’s film acting and selfnamed cologne. That ambition comes across most clearly in his music. On “Emotional Traffic,” his 11th studio album, McGraw continues to expand country music’s boundaries. That’s why, 20 years into his career, his music still sounds so fresh, even […]

Doris Gibson dies in Indiana



Funeral services for Doris A. Gibson, 71, of Hanover, Ind., were held January 22 in Indiana. Burial was in New Prospect Cemetery. She died January 19 at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison, Ind. Born in Millstone to the late Elizie Kiser Sr. and Mary Alice Webb Kiser, she was a grandmother of the late Samantha Gibson and a sister of […]


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