Voters pick Craft, Hatton, Campbell in local contests



With only five contested races countywide on Letcher County ballots, voters still stood in line Tuesday to mark their ballots. The offices of President, U.S. Senator, State Representative, Letcher Circuit Judge and Letcher County Coroner were the only contested offices in which all county residents could vote. Voters in Whitesburg and Jenkins also chose for council members in contested races. […]

At least 70% of forest fires result of arson, state says



Wildfires continued to rage across southeastern Kentucky this week, with more 15,000 acres in flames on Tuesday morning. In Letcher County, fires continued to burn at Jenkins, Flat Gap and Cowan, after a number of smaller fires were extinguished over the weekend. There have been so many fires since late October that the Kentucky Division of Forestry was unable to […]

County must increase revenue or shut down services, Ward says



Faced with the choice of shutting down the county’s government services or coming up with more revenue, the Letcher County Fiscal Court is looking for ways to deal with a projected budget deficit of $1.3 million before the current fiscal year ends at the end of June. The fiscal court held a special meeting last week to begin to address […]

Is counting calories ‘old school’ dieting?



DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 68-year-old man, 5-feet- 10-inches tall and weighing 223 pounds. Last January, my weight was up to 247, so I decided to diet and exercise in order to lose the excess. My goal is to get below 200. In a recent visit to my physician, I told him that I was losing weight by restricting […]

Young brains and anesthesia: Big study suggests token risks




CHICAGO Anesthesia during early childhood surgery poses little risk for intelligence and academics later on, the largest study of its kind suggests. The results were found in research on nearly 200,000 Swedish teens. School grades were only marginally lower in kids who’d had one or more common surgeries with anesthesia before age 4, compared with those who’d had no anesthesia […]

Scientists study if Pap smear could spot birth defects




WASHINGTON A simple Pap smear may one day offer a way to screen for birth defects a little earlier in pregnancy than today’s prenatal tests. Women typically get a Pap during early pregnancy, and Wayne State University researchers report Wednesday that they can capture enough fetal DNA from the cells that test extracts to check for genetic abnormalities. The new […]

Understanding The Secret Symptom: Cause Of Diabetes-Related Impotence



There are many well-known complications that can occur for a person with diabetes. Yet, often men with diabetes are uncomfortable discussing the issue of impotence with their doctor or pharmacist. According to the American Diabetes Association, impotence occurs in 50-60% of all men over the age of 50 who have diabetes. This common side effect can have several diabetesrelated causes […]

Driver injured in U.S. 23 crash



Fires dominate Jenkins council meeting



Forest fires were understandably the main topic at the November meeting of the Jenkins City Council this week. With smoke from the fires hanging over downtown Jenkins Monday night, Mayor Todd Depriest told the council that members of the Jenkins Volunteer Fire Department, volunteers from the area, and volunteer fire departments from other regions are all working to keep the […]

The Way We Were

Woman patents windshield wiper

On November 10, 1903, the patent office awarded U.S. Patent No. 743,801 to a Birmingham, Alabama woman named Mary Anderson for her “window cleaning device for electric cars and other vehicles to remove snow, ice or sleet from the window.” When she received her patent, Anderson tried to sell it to a Canadian manufacturing firm, but the company refused: The […]


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