School officials say threat had to be taken seriously

Officials say there was no actual bomb threat Monday morning even though students were kept away from the campus of Letcher County Central High School until police deemed the campus and building safe. “The information we received indicated that an unidentified student might possibly bring a bomb to school (Monday),” LCCHS Principal Stephen Boggs said in a typed statement. “Immediately […]

Workers in W’burg will be taxed 1.5% on their paychecks

In a move that will put Whitesburg level with most surrounding cities, the Whitesburg City Council voted unanimously at its September meeting to institute a one-and-ahalf percent payroll tax on people working in the city. The tax would not affect retirement benefits or entitlements including unemployment and Social Security. The move came after the council heard bad economic news about […]

State benefit cuts bring end to daycare center

Citing a tough economy, tightened guidelines for state assistance and an increase in payroll taxes, the cofounders of a non-profit daycare center in Whitesburg closed the center’s doors on Monday. “We were struggling,” said Bonita Adams, a cofounder of Appalachian Early Child Development Center. “We decided we couldn’t do this anymore.” Adams said fewer parents are qualifying for state assistance […]

Fire truck

Saturday night’s exhibition by Jamie Kelly and his mini truck, the “Radical Fireworks Shooting, Flame Throwing Monster Schizophrenia” was one to remember for fans new and old of the Heritage Car and Truck show which has been held in downtown Whitesburg for more than a decade. A combination of beautiful late summer weather and reports that the show is ending […]

New ordinance will end sticker law in Jenkins

The Jenkins City Council heard the first reading of an ordinance revoking the city’s “motor vehicle tax sticker law” at its September meeting this week. City Attorney Randall Tackett conducted the reading and said that since this was the first reading of a proposed new ordinance the council could revise it. He asked about pursuing those who are currently in […]

Class ring owner sought

A class ring from Letcher High School was found at the mouth of Linefork recently by a group of people four-wheeling. The people who found the ring said it looks new, but is several years old, which makes them believe it may have been stolen from someone’s home. If you believe the ring is yours, you may claim it by […]

Jenkins native to sign books

Jenkins native Willie Webb will be at the Jenkins Library Thursday (Sept. 12) to offer for sale and sign the two books in his “High Mountain” fiction series. Webb, a 1969 graduate of Jenkins High School, said the books include stories of families facing life’s challenges and doing the right thing “based on their deepseated belief in God, family and […]

Car collides with bear


Just a few items this week. I’m always writing in a rush. Glad that Ronnie and Joyce Ball’s daughter Christy wasn’t seriously hurt when her car collided with a bear. It was in front of the former Dorse and Gwen Fields’s store building. My understanding was the bear managed to run off, but her car was torn up pretty bad. […]


Repaying student loans

If you finished college in May and have student loans, it’s almost time to begin repaying them. These tips from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) may help. One of the smartest things you can do is pay more than your scheduled payment amount. The extra is applied to the principal, so you will pay less interest over the […]

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