Nation’s first female miner remembered



Diana Baldwin, a former Jenkins resident who shared the distinction of being the first woman to work as an underground coal miner in America, died Saturday after a long battle with lupus. Baldwin, 67, became the focus of nationwide attention in late 1973 after she and another woman were hired to work underground at Beth- Elkhorn Coal Corporation’s Mine 29. […]

Summer season now underway



Governor is expected to pick new judge soon



Governor Matt Bevin is expected to soon appoint temporary Letcher Circuit Court judge from a list of three nominees recommended by the local Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC). The commission selected attorneys Harold D. Bolling of Whitesburg, James Wiley “Jimmy” Craft II of Eolia, and Darrell Hall of Whitesburg as nominees eligible to serve as the temporary judge until an election […]

Jury: Woman tried to bite cop



The Letcher Grand jury has indicted two people who were arrested in a grocery store parking lot in March and charged with being under the influence of a controlled substance and with manufacturing methamphetamine. The grand jury also returned an indictment against a Jenkins woman accused of assaulting and trying to bite a Jenkins City Police officer. In the methamphetamine […]

Seedtime Festival marking 30th anniversary June 3-4



The media and arts organization Appalshop will present its 30th annual Seedtime on the Cumberland Festival in downtown Whitesburg, June 3 and 4. The event, which is free and open to the public, features a jam-packed weekend lineup of the finest traditional artists and musicians the Appalachian region has to offer. The 30th annual Seedtime Festival is shaping up to […]

Highlights of Fleming-Neon High



1967 Yearbook dedication To those who have so willingly helped those in need, created an atmosphere of friendliness, and participated in making Fleming-Neon a wonderful school, we proudly dedicate this Buccaneer to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Roberts. Fleming Students win math honors Eight Fleming- Neon High School students participated in the Fourth Regional Mathematics Contest on Saturday, April 29, at […]

Martha Watts dies at 85



Martha Rosidia Watts, 85, died May 23. Formerly of Eolia, she was a daughter of the late William “Bud” and Margaret Collier, and the widow of Ezra Watts. She was the mother of the late Freeda Watts and Rocky Watts, and a sister of the late James Collier, William Collier, and Lourine Watts. She enjoyed bowling, gardening, and her family. […]

Route 7 antique stores draw customers from surrounding counties



Wow! Where did May go? It’s hard to believe June is here. Hope all had a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend. We stayed busy with many activities this past weekend. On Friday evening about 60 kinfolks and friends got together at Tommy Harris Smith’s home for the annual soup bean dinner of the Dee and Ethel Smith descendants. Then […]

Dylan Caudill is awarded Kenny Huffman Memorial Scholarship



Dylan Caudill, a senior at Letcher County Central High School, is the recipient of a $3,000 scholarship from the Kenny Huffman Memorial Tennis Classic. Caudill is a Rogers Scholar, and was one of three grand marshals in last year’s graduation ceremony. He is a member of the National Honor Society, and recently has been voted Mr. LCCHS of his senior […]

Fields reunion planned July 2



The Willie and Susan Fields family and friends reunion will begin at 10 a.m., July 2, at Upper Shelter #2 in Kingdom Come State Park at Cumberland. Those attending should bring a covered dish. No alcoholic beverages. For more information, call Isom Fields at (423) 231-0254.


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