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State awards liquor licenses to 2 stores



Almost seven months after Whitesburg residents voted overwhelmingly in late June to expand alcohol sales from restaurant-only, officials with the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control in Frankfort have issued two retail liquor package licenses for city businesses. Rite Aid pharmacy and Big Daddy’s Liquor Barn LLC — located on opposite ends of Whitesburg — will be allowed to sell […]

Alert salon workers tip police to actions of man on lam from California



A convicted sex offender who was arrested in Whitesburg last week is expected to appear in court Thursday to declare whether he will fight extradition to California, where he stands convicted of raping a woman by force or fear. Larry Daniel Humphrey, 50, of Fresno, Calif., has held without bond in the Letcher County Jail since he was arrested near […]

Football coach leaves LCC after only 1 year



A Letcher County Central High School football coach who pledged to build up the program has left after coaching one year. Paul Rains, 50, resigned as LCC’s head football coach on Monday and was announced as the new coach of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington on Tuesday afternoon. This will be his third hire in as many years. […]

Letcher County school board elects new leaders



The two newest members of the Letcher County Board of Education have already been promoted to chairman and vice chairman. Board Member Terry Cornett, who has been vice chairman for the last 14 years, nominated new Board Member Robert Kiser as chairman during Monday night’s meeting after Will Smith, who has been chairman for the last 13 years, called for […]

Interested in applying for black lung?



The Respiratory Clinics of Eastern Kentucky will host a coal miner outreach event in the banquet room of the Pine Mountain Grill from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Friday, February 1. The event is open to miners and family members interested in applying or reapplying for federal black lung benefits. Dr. Mahmood Alam, board certified pulmonologist, along with members […]

Mrs. Halcomb, 75, succumbs



Funeral services were held Monday for Cora Napier Halcomb, 75, of Linefork, who died January 24 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital after a brief illness. Born in Letcher County, she was a daughter of the late Harrison and Liza Williams Couch and the widow of Nelson Halcomb. She was the mother of the late Roger Napier, and a sister of […]

Fieldses have new grandbaby

Big Cowan

Hello folks. Hope everyone is surviving the cold weather and the ice. Sure has been a mess and so sorry for the ones that have to be out in the cold. Sorry to hear that Curt Day, formerly of Cowan, died in Charlestown, Ind. He was 82 years old, and a son of the late Elbert and Laura Day. He […]

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Honor students recognized by HCTC



Charles Carter Shuffler of Hallie and Karen Ashley Stidham of Whitesburg were named to the President’s List at Hazard Community and Technical College for the fall semester. To be named to the President’s Honor List, a student must earn a 4.0 grade point average . Students named to the Dean’s List for the fall semester are: Joshua Lee Adams of […]


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