BLACK HISTORY MONTH



Rotary marks five years of Imagination Library



January 2017 marked the fifth year that the Rotary Club of Whitesburg has been providing free books to children under five years old in Letcher County through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Program. In January 2015, the first month the program was in operation, 52 children were registered. Five years later, we have 681 children registered and receiving books. More than […]

Senior Fellowship held each Tuesday at Hemphill Center



Go to our Facebook page for announcements and pictures posted after each event, www.facebook.com/ pages/ Hemphill- Community-Center. The shape note singing was awesome this past Sunday. We are learning together. Come learn with us. Hemphill Schedule of events: Senior Fellowship Tuesdays at 10 a.m., lunch and service provided by seniors for seniors. Hold on to your hat because this is […]

Scholarships being offered



The Rotary Club of Whitesburg is now accepting applications through Friday, April 7, for a $1,000 scholarship and two $500 scholarships available to college bound high school seniors and current college students who reside in Letcher County and are working on their first degree. The winners will be notified in May and the scholarships will be awarded in August. Applications […]

Scholarship available now for a KY high school junior



A rising junior at one of Kentucky’s public or private high schools will win a $500 scholarship and a photo shoot at his or her school through the “Promote Your School” scholarship contest, sponsored by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). The school must participate in the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) program. To enter, the student must submit […]

Rites held for Bobby Stamper



Bobby Gene Stamper, 80, of Millstone, died February 24 at Pikeville Medical Center. He was a son of the late William and Mandy Caudill Stamper, and was also preceded in death by two brothers, Fred Stamper and Elcie Stamper, and two sisters, Ruby Sexton and Patsy Stamper. Surviving are his wife, Paula Keselica Stamper; six children, Roger Stamper and wife […]

Joy Ruth Adams dies at 77



Joy Ruth Adams, 77 of Pikeville, Tenn., died February 22. She was a daughter of the late Paul William and Irene Juanita Bailey Kinneer. Surviving are three sons, Robin Adams and Kenneth Adams, both of South Carolina, and Larry Adams, Jr. of Florida; a daughter, Donna Olmedo and husband Miguel of Pikeville, Tenn.; two brothers, David Kinneer and wife Janet […]

Hail to The New York Times



On the verge of irrelevancy in an age where people are used to getting their news for free, The New York Times, pay wall and all, is on a roll. And thank God for that. Having declared the press the enemy of the people and banned The New York Times from a White House press briefing, Team Trump has managed […]

Political Cartoon



Tourism won’t fix all, but will help greatly




If you know my family you know we have been active in the coal business. Our trucks moved coal all throughout this region and financially sustained us, just as it sustained our coal miners and eastern Kentucky for more than 100 years. Fast forward to the 21st Century. Coal from the western U.S. can be mined cheaper, they say. It’s […]


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