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W’burg council will meet Thursday night to discuss payroll tax



The Whitesburg City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday to hear the first reading of a proposed new ordinance that would levy a 1.5 percent tax on all employees working inside the Whitesburg city limits. The cash-strapped city’s officials voted unanimously at the September meeting of the Whitesburg City Council to institute the tax, which would not affect retirement […]

Board hikes school taxes



The new property tax rate adopted by the Letcher County Board of Education is estimated to generate about $4.6 million for the school district, school officials say. The board voted 3-2 to approve a four percent increase on the property tax rate after a required 30-minute public hearing was held in the conference room at the school bus garage. Board […]

Firm with local ties lays off 525 miners




A major coal producer is idling several eastern Kentucky mines and laying off 525 full-time workers, blaming continued weak coal markets. James River Coal of Richmond, Va., is laying off workers at mines in five eastern Kentucky counties: the McCoy Elkhorn complex in Pike and Floyd counties; the Bledsoe complex in Leslie and Harlan counties; and the Long Branch Surface […]

Band’s mix of rock, country gets national notice




Editor’s Note: The Nashvillebased country-rock band Truth & Salvage Co., which was formed in California and has been compared to a cross between the bands The Eagles and Black Crowes will appear in concert Saturday at Summit City in Whitesburg. The following story appeared recently in USA Today. Whether you’re looking for a helping hand, a boost of energy or […]

Payne Gap homes may get water soon



Residents of the Payne Gap area will be gaining access to treated drinking water sooner rather than later. The Letcher Fiscal Court learned this week that the City of Jenkins would sign a $3 million “memorandum of agreement” with the state Division of Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) that will allow for the expedited completion of the third phase of the […]

Mountain Heritage Festival schedule



Wednesday, September 18 Mountain Heritage Photo Contest and Photo Display Amateur and professional Black & White and Colored Photos Entries Sept. 18 and Sept. 19, 4-6 p.m., at Dawahare’s Store building Deadline Thursday, September 19, 6 p.m. Applications online at www.mountainheritagefestival.com or call Patricia Bentley 606-634-6283 Poetry/Essay and Poster Contest Poster contest children K-4, Poetry and Essay for all ages […]

Bike Nite



Bike Nite will be held in downtown Whitesburg on Saturday, Sept. 21. The event will include a free concert by Dirty Gunnz with special guest Chris Rose. Parking on Main Street will be blocked off for motorcycle parking only from 5 to 10 p.m.

Symphony of the Mountains plans concert



Local student musicians will be featured in a concert with Symphony of the Mountains, a professional symphony, on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 3 p.m. Pro-Art Association, C. Bascom Slemp Foundation, The University of Virginia’s College at Wise and Mountain Empire Community College will present the concert as part of the W. Campbell Edmonds Memorial Concert Series. It will be held […]

Hammondses marking anniversary

Big Cowan

Hello everyone! Hoping all are having a great week. Loving this weather, though sometimes pretty chilly at night. Sorry to hear of another great lady on Cowan dying, who was also one of my cousins. Wanda Fay Standifer Day died on Thursday, Sept. 12. She was a daughter of the late Sabre Fields Standifer and Hobert Standifer, and was married […]


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