Jenkins grads protect governor



One has been rewarded with being on the floor of the Super Dome in New Orleans for the trophy presentation after the University of Kentucky won the men’s national basketball championship in April. The other has had the honor of being selected to accompany Ken- tucky’s top officials on overseas trips to China (twice) and to India (once). Both are […]

Occupation tax OK’d in Jenkins



The Jenkins City Council on Tuesday night narrowly approved an ordinance creating a 1-1/2 percent occupation tax for people working inside city limits. Council members Rebecca Terrill Amburgey, Robert Adams, and Chuck Anderson voted in favor of the ordinance. Carol Anne Litts and Terry Braddock voted no. Councilman Rick Damron could not attend because of other commitments. The tax as […]

Jury finds ex-referee guilty on drug charge



A state championship basketball referee could receive between five and 20 years in prison after a jury has convicted him of drug trafficking. After deliberating for two hours and 58 minutes on May 15, a Letcher Circuit Court jury found Tommy Hutton, 61, guilty of two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. A tampering with physical evidence charge […]

Low natural gas prices to continue to hurt coal



Historically low natural gas prices will continue to bring serious harm to a large segment of the coal industry here and elsewhere in Appalachia for at least two more years. That’s the opinion of financial data provider Morningstar Inc., which warned investors this week that two large coal firms with operations in Letcher County — Arch Coal Inc. and Alpha […]

Mother’s Day brings flowers for mom

Whitesburg

Hello everyone. Hope you are all doing well, and hope all you mothers had a great Mother’s Day. I had a very good day, lots of pretty flowers from my granddaughter Wendy Day, and roses from Larry and Linda and Billy and Sandra. Thank you, Billy, for planting them. All the cards and phone calls, too. Astor and Rob will […]

Pat Large to mark birthday

Big Cowan

Hope all had a wonderful Mother’s Day and are thankful to be alive for another year. Makes us appreciate the wonderful mothers who have gone on before. They set a good example for us and are missed very much. They are still needing volunteers to Weed-eat the Obie Fields Cemetery. (Bring your own Weed-eater.) If anyone wants to help, be […]

Rites held for Carlos Cornett



Carlos Cornett, 51 of Linefork, died May 9 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. He was a son of Grace Polly Cornett of Linefork and the late Glen Cornett. Surviving in addition to his mother are his wife, Jennifer Kaye Miller Cornett; two sons, Joshua O’Neil Cornett and Jeremy Glen Cornett, both of Whitesburg; two brothers, Charlie Cornett of Tremont and […]

William King dies



Funeral services for William E. ‘Bill’ King, 67, will be held at 1 p.m. today (Wednesday) at Letcher Funeral Home in Whitesburg. Burial will be in Green Acres Cemetery at Ermine. A son of the late Willie and Polly Ellen Banks King, he died May 12 at his home at Isom. He was a member of the Whitesburg Masonic Lodge. […]

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Making chemical giants happy at our expense



Thanks to the blessings of nature and good farmers, you and I can enjoy such scrumptious delights as fresh corn-on-the-cob, popcorn and many other variations of this truly great grain. And now, thanks to Dow Chemical and federal regulators, we can look forward to “Agent Orange Corn.” The chemical giant is in line to gain approval for putting a genetically […]


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