Court votes down effort to reverse garbage rate hike

An effort to stop a scheduled $2 increase in monthly garbage collection rates in Letcher County ended almost as quickly as it began this week during the August meeting of the Letcher Fiscal Court. District Five Magistrate Wayne Fleming’s proposal to end the planned rate hike was defeated by virtue of a tie vote Monday night when three court members […]

Judges overturn EPA rule

A divided federal appeals court this week overturned a regulation clamping down on power plant pollution that contributes to unhealthy air in neighboring states. In a 2-1 decision, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said the Environmental Protection Agency’s cross-state air pollution rule exceeded the agency’s statutory authority. The court faulted the […]

Facebook activity brings arrests of sex offenders

Three Letcher County men who are registered sex offenders have recently been arrested for having accounts on social networking websites. Earl Scott Adams, 48, of 4569 Highway 15, Whitesburg; Randall Dean Adams, 50, of 249 Daniel’s Branch Road, Whitesburg, and Eulis Alfred Adams, 41, of 79 Jim Banks Road, Payne Gap, were each charged with sex offender instant messaging/chat/social network […]

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Kathleen Brock back in hospital


Hello everyone. I hope you are all doing well. I haven’t been out and about much, so this news will be boring, and I apologize for it. My sister Kathleen Brock has been back in the hospital. She’s out now, but not doing very well. Keep her in your prayers. I got a call from Shirley Wells in Tennessee the […]

Rites held for William Gibson

William Jay Gibson, 39, died August 13 at his home at Jackhorn. A son of William Gibson of Haymond and the late Martha Maynard Gibson, he had worked at Red Onion Prison in Pound, Va., and had served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Surviving in addition to his father are his wife, Leona Gibson; a son, William James Dean Gibson […]


SKCTC to present the play ‘Bloody Jack’ at Cumberland

The presentation of the play “Bloody Jack” by the Center Stage Players of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College will begin Wednesday, August 22, in the theater of the Edsel Godbey Appalachian Center located on the Cumberland campus. The play, directed and produced by Professor Michael Corriston, will be presented at 7 p.m. on Aug. 22,23and25witha2p.m. show set for Sunday […]

Corporate welfare for the mega-rich helps fuel Kochs

Question: If you mix a cocktail of “black liquor,” biofuels, diesel and a generous splash of tax subsidies — then have it shaken vigorously by a U.S. senator and served in a golden goblet by corporate lobbyists — what do you call it? Answer: Koch Brothers Moonshine. Black liquor is the key ingredient here, though don’t mistake it for an […]

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