Rare surgical procedure gives woman, 72, a new lease on life

At 42, Ollie Whitaker of Whitesburg suffered a massive heart attack. It was at that point in her life when things changed forever. “I never could do much of anything since the heart attack,” said Whitaker, now 72 and a lifelong homemaker who is the mother of four grown children. “I went to doctors and they tried everything until there […]

Citizens tell PSC they can’t afford electric bill hike

Several Kentucky Power Company customers told the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) that a proposed 30 percent rate increase would be difficult to afford. Kentucky Power, a subsidiary of Columbus, Ohio-based American Electric Power, is requesting permission from the PSC to place an environmental surcharge on customers to pay for construction of a $940 million “scrubber” system and associated facilities […]

Coal exports have surged to highest level since 1991

U.S. coal exports reached their highest level in two decades last year as strong demand from Asia and Europe offered an outlet for a fuel that is falling from favor at home. U.S. Department of Energy data analyzed by The Associated Press reveal that coal exports topped 107 million tons of fuel worth almost $16 billion in 2011. That’s the […]

Flood cleanup continues in several communities

While all roads closed by flooding last week are now open, there is still “a lot of work to do” before things get back to normal in the communities of Little Colley, Camp Branch, Colson, Sandlick and Smoot Creek, Letcher County Judge/Executive Jim Ward said this week. “ There really was no warning of it,” Ward said of the April […]

New water projects dominate Whitesburg council meeting

Water improvement projects dominated the April meeting of the Whitesburg City Council as a bid was awarded for construction of the city’s new raw water intake and the council voted to enter into an agreement to enlarge lines in the Upper Bottom section of the city. Nesbitt Engineering owner Paul Nesbitt, whose company is working with the city to protect […]

Cornetts win environmental award

The Kentucky Environmental Quality Commission, which annually honors Kentucky individuals and organizations for outstanding environmental stewardship, will this year present a Lifetime Achievement Award to Dean and Nina Cornett of Blackey. The awards presentation will take place on Friday (April 13) at noon at the Berry Hill Mansion, 700 Louisville Road, Frankfort. Bobbie Ann Mason, noted Kentucky author, will offer […]

State lawmakers touting severance tax allocations for Letcher Co. ‘projects’

More than $8 million in coal severance tax funds will be returned to Letcher County under the state budget plan approved recently. State Senator Johnny Ray Turner and Letcher County’s two state representatives, Leslie Combs of Pike County and John Short of Knott County, have released of list of “projects” that will receive the funds, including maintenance money the cities […]

Copper thieves hit AT&T again

Thieves are continuing to steal telephone lines in Letcher County for the copper they contain. AT&T said about 500 feet of cable was cut down and stolen April 5 at a location along Highway 15.

We should enjoy life and appreciate it


Hello again everyone. Hope you are all doing well and enjoying the pretty weather and all the pretty flowers and the trees in bloom. I hope winter is over, but it will probably come back. It’s still early even though it doesn’t feel like it. I really enjoy all the seasons. I just enjoy life and appreciate it. It’s a […]

Charles Pryor buried at Dema

Charles Roy ‘Slick’ Pryor Jr., 48, died April 5 at his home at Dema. Born in Chicago, Ill., he was a son of Rosa Pryor of Dema and the late Charles Roy Pryor. He was a grandfather of the late Seth Gavin Pryor and a brother of the late Hattie Pryor. Surviving in addition to his mother are his wife, […]

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