A trim for ‘Turtleman’

TV’s “Turtleman” Ernie Brown Jr. stopped by Jenny Lea Academy of Cosmetology in Whitesburg last week where Olivia Hall cut his hair. Brown, of Lebanon in Marion County, is the star of Animal Planet’s “Call of the Wildman.” He was headed to Wise, Virginia to add to his arrowhead collection. Brown acquired his nickname when he began catching snapping turtles […]

Rec center doesn’t need work after all, energy expert says

Says new building is energy-efficient after all

A further examination at the Letcher County Recreation Center has revealed that heating and cooling systems at the center are working correctly and the center is neither a source of energy losses in the county’s inventory of buildings nor a significant source of potential energy savings, the Letcher Fiscal Court has learned. The re-examination was conducted recently by engineers with […]

Seatbelt stop leads to drug charges

A Perry County man was arrested Friday after police say 181 oxycodone tablets and two grams of cocaine were found hidden inside a sports utility vehicle at Isom. Anthony Scott Couch, 39, of 90 Couch Drive, Vicco, was one of three passengers in a white 2007 General Motors Envoy that was pulled over at 2:58 p.m. on October 17 by […]

McConnell back in Letcher County

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell (center) posed with Hannah Caudill, 13, and her father, Tim Caudill, after McConnell spoke to an enthusiastic audience at Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation’s Whitesburg Clinic on Monday. The Caudills live at Blackey. Hannah attends Cowan Middle School. More information appears inside.

Mondopad helps teachers teach and students learn

West Whitesburg Elementary School teacher Sharie Bailey used a 55- inch touch display screen Monday morning to show her students what activities on an educational website she wanted them to complete. Instead of having 20 students crowd around a small computer screen, students watched and listened to instructions while sitting at their desks. Bailey, who demonstrated the task on an […]

Mrs. Hampton succumbs at 83

Emma Pauline Hampton, 83, of Blackey, died October 12 at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington. A daughter of the late Wendell H. and Maggie Sorrells Brown, she was the widow of James Hampton and a grandmother of the late Larry Trevis Hampton. Surviving are a son, Larry Hampton of Pikeville; a daughter, Diane Holcomb of Isom; two […]

Student makes choice for Senator

To the Editor: My fellow eastern Kentuckians, I understand the aggravation you must feel towards the candidates in this year’s hotly contested U.S. Senate race. Both Senator McConnell and Secretary Grimes have had their fair share of gaffes on the campaign trail, and I further understand your reluctance to turn out the vote on November 4. Now is not the […]


Gavin Kendrick Lee Eldridge is celebrating his fifth birthday today (Oct. 22). He is the son of Ashley and Justin Eldridge of Mayking. His grandparents are Lois and David Stewart of Mayking, and Scottie and Maggie Eldridge of Campbranch. He has a younger sister, Makenna Jean Nachae Eldridge, 4 months old.

Theater project to host meetings

The Cowan Community Center will host two meetings concerning the Cowan Community Theater Project. These meetings are to continue work on the story play now being written about Letcher County to be presented at the Cowan Community Center on Friday, Dec. 5. The dates of these two meetings are Monday, Nov. 3, and Tuesday, Nov. 4, beginning with supper at […]

Jeffrey David Bowling dies

Jeffrey David Bowling, 57, of Blackey died October 11 at Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital. He was the son of the late Estill Bowling and Berniece Dixon Whitaker. Surviving are his wife, Patricia Bowling; three sons, Jason Bowling and Wayne Amburgey, both of Blackey, and Zack Bowling of Georgia; two daughters, April Richie of Vicco and Chrissy Bowling of Georgia, and […]

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