Jenkins pool is taking shape

Jenkins officials say a new swimming pool located on Lakeside will be open sometime in June. Plans for the kid-friendly, zeroentry pool include a small slide made to look like a big piece of coal, a structure with two large slides and a tall palm tree. When the coconuts fill up with water, the coconuts tip over and water pours […]

Board advised to look at cuts

The Letcher County Board of Education is being urged to consider making drastic reductions to future budgets. “Definitely this time next year you are going to have to really look at reducing some expenditures to keep the district in the black,” said Roger Martin, the school district’s director of federal and state programs. Martin said during the board’s May meeting […]

Worker held after iPods, Xboxes stolen

A McRoberts man has confessed to stealing more than $8,000 worth of merchandise including 20 iPads and 20 Xbox game consoles from the Whitesburg Walmart while he was a sales associate at the store. Linville Victor Hendrix, 22, of 21 BBall Drive, also stole an amplifier, speaker, PlayStation 3 controller, Xbox controller, Wii controller, HP laptop, Wii U system, “Django” […]

‘Horse playing’ in truck brings grand jury action

“Horse playing” with his pickup truck has resulted in a 45-year-old Neon man being indicted on one count of assault and five counts of wanton endangerment. William Andrew Webb, of 149 Highland Branch, Neon, is charged by the Letcher County Grand Jury with causing serious injury to a minor girl on April 27. The grand jury says Webb was speeding […]

Broken arm got in way of perfection

On the first day of school a handful of children cry and say that they want to go home. This is expected. What’s not expected is for a student to have missed only one day of school during 13 years. Among the few in this category is Emily Blair, a Letcher County Central High School senior whose only absence came […]


Isom, Darlene Fields to mark 50th anniversary

Big Cowan

Hello everyone! Hoping all had a good and safe Memorial Weekend. I got mixed up and thought it was next weekend. Oh well, memory goes with age. Lots of reunions going on. Talked to Roy Wayne Fields Jr. and they had their reunion at the Kingscreek Park last weekend. Hopefully they had a good turnout. He is a grandson of […]

Soichi Yokio captured on Guam – 1972

I was stationed at Andersen AFB, Guam from July 1971 to October 1972. My job was ‘Officer Of The Day.’ I remember very well the day that Japanese Sgt. Soichi Yokoi was captured by two Guamanians, because I was there. Sgt. Yokoi had been stationed on Guam since February 1943, and was on the island when the Americans attacked Guam […]

Prayer march planned June 2

A prayer march and gathering of Action Against Substance Abuse will be held Sunday, June 2. Registration will begin at 1:30 p.m. in Mountain Heritage Village in Whitesburg. The march will start at 3:45 p.m. and end at the Whitesburg Middle School football field. For more information, call (606) 634-7648 or (606) 335-2232, or contact

Mildred Collins, 84, succumbs

Mildred Doris Meece Collins, 84, of Tompkinsville, died May 25 at The Medical Center in Bowling Green. Born in Somerset to the late Dorthy Gordy and George Meece, she was the widow of Homer Collins and a sister of the late Jo Ann Meece. She was a member of Bethlehem Methodist Church. Surviving are two daughters, Jennifer Collins Phillips of […]

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