Rock painting and hunting has ‘blown up’ here



Barns across the South used to have signs painted on the roofs that said, “See Rock City.” Now a Facebook page is getting thousands of people to “See Rock County.” Pre-school children to senior citizens are painting rocks, hiding them around the county, then posting clues to their whereabouts on a Facebook page called “Letcher County Rocks.” Some people paint […]

Ceremony for new Jenkins fire truck



Eclipse is ‘great opportunity’



Next Monday (August 21) brings to us Letcher Countians a great opportunity to see a total eclipse of the sun, perhaps the best opportunity in the remainder of most of our lives. The umbra (area of darkness) of this solar eclipse enters the United States through Oregon and travels southeastward. It passes through Missouri, western Kentucky, central and southeastern Tennessee, […]

Xanax pills led to stealing spree, woman tells deputy



Police say a Blackey woman was charged with theft after she went on a Xanax-fueled “stealing spree” near her home recently. Letcher County Sheriff ’s Deputy Alisha Congleton arrested Amy Sexton after Sexton admitted to stealing a gas can, a chainsaw, a lawnmower battery, a battery charger, and a weed trimmer from her neighbors on the night of July 26. […]

Fall weather is almost on us



Hello everyone! We are in the second week of August in the Ohio Valley and it has already begun to feel like fall is here. We’ve had very cool mornings and no use for air-conditioning at night. I don’t have central air anyway. Once again it is hard to realize that fall is on us. I don’t know about you, […]

Tommy Harris Smith dies at 77



Tommy Harris Smith, 77, of Jeremiah, died August 12 at Pikeville Medical Center. A son of the late Dee and Ethel Whitaker Smith, he was a brother of the late James Richmond Smith, John Welch Smith, William Douglas Smith, and Lillie Moss Hale. Surviving are a son, Dr. Whitaker Michael Smith and wife Lauren of Seymour, Tenn.; a brother, Roy […]

Services held for Bobbie Brown



Funeral services for Bobbie J. Hamilton Brown, 81, were held July 28 in Bellevue, Ohio. Burial was in the Bellevue Cemetery. Born in Whitesburg to the late William and Oma Back Hamilton, she died July 23 at her home in Ohio. She was the widow of Vernon E. Brown, and a grandmother of the late Nicolas Vernon Brown. Mrs. Brown […]

Ricky Dingus succumbs at 35



Ricky Dean Dingus, Jr., 35, of Jenkins, died August 12 at Pikeville Medical Center. Born in Pound, Va., he was a son of Martha Ann Crawford Robinson and the late Ricky Dean Dingus, Sr., and a stepbrother of the late Jason Robinson. Surviving in addition to his mother are his stepfather, Rodney Robinson of Jenkins; a brother, Samuel Branson of […]

Strange But True



• It was 18th-century American novelist and poet Herman Melville who made the following sage observation: “Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.” • Those who study such things say that the three subjects that spark the most arguments […]

Fleming-Neon officials facing problem of trying to collect property taxes from those who won’t pay



Delinquent taxpayers in the City of Fleming-Neon could see their taxes sold for non-payment to third party purchasers soon. At the August meeting of the Fleming-Neon City Council, the council voted to table further discussion of raising taxes for the city while Mayor Susie Polis explores other options. Polis and several council members were clear that selling delinquent taxes to […]


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