Wife, lover facing capital murder charges from jury

An admission contained in a confession to police appears to have played a major role in the Letcher County Grand Jury’s decision to indict a Letcher County woman and her lover on charges that could place them on Kentucky’s Death Row if they are convicted of the crimes of which they are charged. The grand jury handed up indictments to […]

‘Craziest’ case leads to indictments of 3

In one of the “craziest cases” involving inmates in the Letcher County Jail, three women have been indicted on charges of complicity to promoting contraband in the jail. The Letcher County Grand Jury says Brittany Lasean Looney, 24, 850 Mountain Breeze Apts. #327, Jenkins; Erica L. Blair, 34, also known as Erica Inez Blair, 406 Carrion Branch, Whitesburg, and Joni […]


Jenkins gets new principal

Jenkins Independent Schools has a new elementary schools principal. At a special called meeting on Tuesday evening, Superintendent Deborah Watts announced that Stacie Helton Collins has been named elementary principal. Superintendent Watts said Stacy Collins is an outstanding educator who served as an elementary teacher at Burdine Elementary before becoming principal. Collins was named as the Jenkins School System’s Outstanding […]

Judge strikes down EPA rules for mines

The Environmental Protection Agency overstepped its powers by setting up water-quality criteria for coal mining operations in Appalachia, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton in Washington ruled that the EPA infringed on the authority given to state regulators by federal clean-water and surfacemining laws. A coal mining industry coalition sued the EPA and Administrator Lisa […]

Coal now cheaper than natural gas

Hot weather outlook again boosts prices

As the temperature keeps rising, so does the price of natural gas. Natural gas futures in New York have surged 69 percent since hitting a 10- year low this spring. Power plants are burning more natural gas for electricity as homes and businesses crank up the air conditioning. And natural gas companies are finally cutting back after a production boom […]

Storm cuts off electricity, phone

Blair Branch

Hello everyone. I hope this finds each of you doing well. Like the old saying goes, Michael, the boys, and I are as fine as frog’s hair. We had some bad storms here late Wednesday night and went almost 24 hours without electricity. Some trees had fallen on the lines and the power company had to cut trees and run […]

50th Anniversary Celebration

On a rainy Monday, July 26, 1962, Otis Gilliam married Doris Whitaker in Gate City, Virginia. Otis retired after 29 ½ years from US Steel and Arch of Ky., where he was a coal miner. Doris was a homemaker raising their six children, Greg (wife Connie) of Lexington, Ky., Tammy (husband James) of Calhoun, Georgia, Tonya of Hoquian, WA., Chris […]

James William Sapp succumbs

James William Sapp, 86, died July 28 at his home at Cromona. A son of the late William Jennings ‘Bill’ and Dixie Lee Martin Sapp, he was the widower of Sadie Louise Sexton Sapp. He was a brother of the late Frances Sapp Walker, Marshall Aldrich Sapp, Judge Edward Hull Sapp, Leftric Lee ‘Billy’ Sapp and Thomas Franklin Sapp. He […]

Where is Baltimore? Don’t ask call center located outside USA

I did something so unusual recently as to trigger the “fraud” section at my credit card company to freeze my account. No, I didn’t walk into a Tiffany’s somewhere and try to buy a bauble for thousands of dollars. I wasn’t trying to use my card in a foreign land. It had absolutely nothing to do with paying my bills […]

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