Sales are brisk as beer hits shelves

Beer sales have been moving briskly in Whitesburg since late last Friday afternoon, when the Food City grocery became the first retail store to begin selling alcohol legally in Letcher County since 1943. “We had a very good weekend,” said Shaun Marcum, store manager of Food City in Whitesburg. “It’s what I expected, maybe a little better.” Food City is […]

Former Jenkins man killed after argument in Nashville

The man who police say killed former Jenkins resident Christopher Shane Toth during a dispute in Nashville, Tenn., last week was being held in a mental health facility this week while the death investigation continued. Toth, 42, was killed on the night of October 18 during a dispute with 29-year-old Clayton Davenport outside Davenport’s home at 1415 Ocoee Trail in […]

Scrap dealer among 10 indicted by jury

The Letcher Grand Jury has named 10 people in 14 indictments including two Isom men who have been charged in a case involving military markers stolen from Letcher County graveyards. Harley Jack Daniels Slone, 30, of 1305 Hwy. 7 South, Isom, is accused of 12 counts of violating graves and 12 counts of receiving stolen property. The grand jury says […]

Cougars win championship!

Winning the title is only part of the story

Congratulations to the Letcher Central Cougars on winning the Letcher County Middle School Football Championship on Thursday, October 18. The Cougars defeated the Fleming-Neon Pirates by a score of 8-6 in a hard fought and well played game by both teams. The LCC program, which represents Arlie Boggs, Cowan and Whitesburg middle schools, finished the season with a 9-3 record. […]

Marlowe people like to keep in touch


Hello everyone, hope you are all doing well. We’ve had a lot of weather changes, some cold, some warm, some rain and some hail, and some wind. The wind caused some big limbs to fall at our place. Thankful that it didn’t do a lot of damage, just some hard work cleaning up. We are not through yet. I enjoyed […]

Mountains show brilliant color


Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center. “Delight thyself also in the Lord; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass.” Psalm 37: 4-5 What a glorious fall we’re having. My only complaint is it doesn’t last long […]

Now here’s a tip

• Have a stiff straw or corn broom? To keep the ends in shape, cut a band that’s about 4 inches wide from an old pantyhose leg. Slip it over the bristles to keep them together. • Act now to prevent burst downspouts from ice. Clean out leaves and debris from the gutter and add a topper of wire mesh. […]

Snake oil won’t cure what ails us

Coal is a curse. It’s also a blessing. It’s the reason the railroads punched through the mountains and brought our forebears into a wilderness. It has killed us, maimed us, left us gasping for breath. It has also put food on our tables, sent generation after generation of our kids to school, and given us the pride of knowing that […]

Halting pills, or patients?

Gov. Steve Beshear says House Bill 1, the “pill mill bill” he signed into law in July, is working as intended. Recently, the governor said, “We knew that this bill would have an immediate impact on thwarting the abuse and diversion of prescription drugs in our state, and the statistics over the last few months are already showing progress.” Oh? […]

Remembering ‘Cawood’

To the Editor: I heard mention of Cawood Ledford earlier this week and it got me to reflecting on how important he and the University of Kentucky basketball team were to me and my friends when we were young. It was our habit to gather at a place with at least minimal WHAS reception well before game time, and when […]

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