Ceremony marks trail opening

The first phase of the Pioneer Horse Trail atop Pine Mountain is complete and equine enthusiast Jimmy McIntosh was credited during Tuesday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony for seeing that the project was finished. McIntosh, of Craft’s Colly, organized the Letcher County Pioneer Horse Trail Committee after Little Shepherd Trail was paved in 2005. He had ridden horses on Little Shepherd Trail since […]

Letcher schools losing students

Student enrollment in Letcher County Public Schools is leveling off, according to Terry Sturgill, director of special projects. The district total enrollment for the 10th day of the current school year was 3,258, down 49 students from this time last year. Ten years ago, 3,447 were enrolled on the 10th day of classes. “Over the course of 10 years we […]

Father held after ATV wreck kills daughter, 2

A two-year-old child died from injuries sustained in an all-terrain vehicle wreck in Jenkins on Sunday evening and the child’s father, who was operating the ATV, was charged with second-degree manslaughter. Robert Anthony Sturgill, 30, of 156 Brickyard Hill, was operating the ATV on which his two-year-old daughter, three-year-old son, and a 17-year-old juvenile were passengers, said Jenkins Police Chief […]

Halls celebrate 53rd anniversary


Hello everyone, hope you are all doing well and having a good week. I want to offer our sympathy to Bro. Earnest Brock and family. He lost two brothers and a nephew in about one month. A belated happy anniversary to Dennis and Linda Hall. They said it was their 53rd. Linda, you must have been a baby. You don’t […]

Help offered for veterans

A veterans benefits field representative will be at Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation in Whitesburg from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month to assist veterans and their dependents in filing for federal and state veterans benefits. This service is provided free of charge by the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs. For more information, call toll-free […]

Blackey Day schedule set for Oct. 12-13

We the Blackey Improvement Committee, are really excited about our Blackey Day celebration. We have had such a good response from our Blackey Day 2011, that we decided to extend Blackey Day to begin on Friday, Oct. 12, from 5 to 8 p.m., with a talent show, some food booths, and Revelation Ranch’s drama team. If you want to perform […]


Can state maintain ‘racing capital’ title?

In the last decade, owners of horse racing tracks have spent millions of dollars lobbying members of the Kentucky General Assembly to allow expanded gambling in the tracks. For the most part, their efforts have fallen on deaf ears. When they failed to convince legislators to allow voters to decide the issue by placing an expanded gambling amendment on the […]

State should update unfair liquor laws

State government should not keep laws on the books that create unfair advantages for one business over another, but that’s what Kentucky has with a complicated web of outdated liquor laws. That’s why lawmakers ought to see an opportunity to modernize these laws following a federal court ruling in Louisville. U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II ruled as unconstitutional […]

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