After long delay, W’burg couple have adopted daughter at home

A Whitesburg couple were finally able to bring their adopted daughter home this week, more than 17 months after they began the adoption process in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Nearly 40 people, some with signs and balloons, were waiting in front of First Baptist Church of Whitesburg Tuesday afternoon to welcome baby Kona Martine Berry, now 27 months […]

Candidates hope to unseat mayors

New and incumbent candidates have filed to run for mayor in the cities of Fleming-Neon, Jenkins and Whitesburg. Joe DePriest, Letcher County’s current economic director, has filed to run against Jenkins Mayor G.C. Kincer. Letcher County Central High School Band Director Jason Griffith filed papers in the Letcher County Court Clerk’s office to run for mayor of Whitesburg. Joe Brown […]

Council declines action on stopping alcohol tax

The Whitesburg City Council took action Tuesday night on one motion concerning establishments that sell alcohol, but declined to take any action on a second. Council Member Robin Bowen Watco introduced both motions at the council’s July meeting. Her first motion, which died without a second, called for the removal the alcohol tax on food purchases for patrons who aren’t […]

Eolia man needs 3rd transplant

Twenty-two years after his second kidney transplantation, Eolia resident Clancy Hensley is in need of a third. “He desperately wants to get better so he can have the energy to play ball, attend school activities and do all the things a dad should be able to do,” said Barbara Hensley, Clancy Hensley’s wife. Clancy Hensley’s first kidney transplant was performed […]

Magistrate to gas firm: Public notices are good

Requiring natural gas pipeline companies and utilities to provide Letcher County citizens with advance notice of herbicide spraying operations conducted from the air is not an unreasonable regulation, District Five Magistrate Wayne Fleming said this week during a special meeting of the Letcher Fiscal Court. “I think notices are a good idea,” Fleming told officials with Pittsburgh-based EQT, the region’s […]

Jenkins OK’s larger community center

The Jenkins City Council has voted to proceed with the construction of a community center to adjoin its swimming pool and restaurant complex, but with one condition — that the footprint of the center be enlarged. The council made its decision to proceed with the final phase of the swimming pool/restaurant/ community center complex at its July meeting this week. […]

Horse owners sought

Police are looking for the owners of four horses that were picked up on Cinnamon Drive at Smoot Creek on July 7. The owner has until July 18 to claim the horses or the horses will be considered abandoned and will be given away, said Lt. LaShawna Frazier, an equine investigator with the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department. Descriptions of […]

Happy birthday to special little friend


Hello everyone, hope you are all doing well. I’ve been enjoying the cool days we have been having. Good time to work outside if you want to. We had two visitors from Pike County this week at our church, Jack Stewart and Buster Stewart. They have been there before, one time when it was snowing, but I didn’t know their […]

Square dance planned

The Carcassonne square dance will be held Saturday, July 12, at the Carcassonne Community Center. The doors will open at 6 p.m. and the dance will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. John Hayward is the caller. Admission is $ 3, children $2, under 5 free. For more information, call Dale Johnson at (606) 633- 2092 or Jon Henrikson […]

Rites held for Barbara Cantrell

Barbara Blood Cantrell, 76, of McRoberts, died July 5 at Johnson City Medical Center in Tennessee. Born in McRoberts, she was a daughter of the late Sherwood and Myrtle Fleming Little. She was also preceded in death by two husbands, David L. Blood and Millard Cantrell; her companion of 17 years, Bobby Thompson; and two sisters, Myrtle Bartley, of Michigan, […]

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