Board adjusts attendance rules

The Letcher County Board of Education approved allowing younger siblings who are not yet in school to attend the same school as their brothers and sisters when it is time to start kindergarten. Some parents and grandparents had asked the board to reconsider a decision made at its November board meeting which requires schools to enforce attendance boundary lines already […]

Jenkins schools want iPad for each student in grades 6 and above

The Jenkins Independent School System has set a goal of having every student in its middle high school using a school-issued iPad computer tablet instead of relying so heavily on textbooks if funding can be found. Superintendent Deborah Watts told the Jenkins Board of Education at its February meeting that while money to buy the tablets will be an issue, […]

‘Chum’ Tackett sentenced to state and federal terms

Former Golden Years Rest Home administrator James F. ‘Chum’ Tackett was sentenced to probation for 10 years after pleading guilty to felony theft charges in Letcher Circuit Court on Feb. 23. Tackett, 70, of Burdine, admitted to stealing more than $300,000 in state funds intended for the care of the rest home residents. In exchange for the plea, Special Letcher […]

Pharmacy alarm scares burglars

The sounds of an alarm apparently scared away two burglars after they broke into a Whitesburg pharmacy during the early morning hours. Whitesburg Police Chief Tyrone Fields said two men entered the Parkway Pharmacy around 3:45 a.m. on Feb. 24 after using a sledgehammer to break out the glass of one of the front doors around 3:35 a.m. on Feb. […]


Coal tax should pay for scholarships, not UPike, Morehead president tells meeting of Education Committee

FRANKFORT Morehead State University’s president told legislators Tuesday that there’s no need to turn the University of Pikeville into a publicly funded school. Wayne Andrews told the House Education Committee that the area is already well-served by current universities and colleges. He said adding another public institution would deprive current institutions of scare resources. “ What we’re talking about is […]

Weather has been a mixture


Hello everyone. Time for our visit, so pull up a chair and get a cup of coffee. We sure have been having a mixture of weather. A beautiful snow, but it caused a lot of power outages. I didn’t lose mine, but so many others did. How about Saturday? Temperatures in the 70s. It was a good day to be […]


Hats off to reading

On Feb. 23, Jenkins Head Start/ Early Head Start teamed up with the Burdine Elementary School for their annual Reading is Fundamental (RIF) project. Each child between preschool and third grade received packets of hats, and each child was to read or be read to twice daily for two weeks. The hats have a place for information about books that […]

My grandfather, Cornelius Vanover

My grandfather, Cornelius Jay Vanover, born in September 1882 on the old Vanover farm near the mouth of George’s Fork Creek on Pound River, Va. During his life he was a farmer, and some say he was an herb doctor. When the coal companies started their mines in western Virginia and eastern Kentucky, he got a job with them. He […]

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