Teachers hold rally here; classes could be canceled Friday



Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear was expected to file suit against Republican lawmakers and Gov. Matt Bevin today after Bevin signed a teachers’ pension bill into law last night. Beshear said in Whitesburg Tuesday that the bill approved by the legislature on a mostly party-line vote violates the inviolable contract with teachers in at least 15 different ways. His office […]

State road repairs starting



Drivers worried they’ll break an axle or warp a wheel on the potholes along Letcher County’s state highways may soon be breathing a sigh of relief. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced this week that road repairs are beginning. Work zones have already been set up in some areas, such as KY 588 near UZ where crews are repairing an area […]

Whitesburg approves a monthly car show



The City of Whitesburg will host a new event, a monthly car show tentatively named “Whitesburg on Wheels,” beginning at a date to be determined in May. At the April meeting of the Whitesburg City Council on Tuesday night, Whitesburg resident Jimmy Turner approached the council with a request to host a monthly car show one Saturday each month, which […]

601 pounds are lost in fitness challenge



More than 80 people who completed a 12-week fitness challenge have lost 601 pounds combined. Brandy Cook, a certified personal trainer from Whitesburg, created the “New Year New You” challenge as a way to pay it forward and help others in her community get healthier in 2018. Briana Profitt, 28, of Neon, had the highest weight loss percentage of 12.69 […]

Kentucky lawmaker being fined for ‘inappropriate text messages’




FRANKFORT In February 2016, a young woman was working to get a Republican candidate elected to a state House seat in Kentucky. Jeff Hoover, the Republican leader at the time, made her a deal: Win the election, and he would pay for a hotel room and spa treatment at an upscale resort in Lexington. The woman invited him to join […]

Kentucky teachers plan another rally for state education funding




LOUISVILLE Kentucky teachers who rallied last week at the state Capitol to support education funding plan to be there again Friday when state lawmakers reconvene to consider overriding the Republican governor’s veto of budget and revenue measures. The Kentucky Association of School Superintendents has encouraged local school leaders statewide to send delegations to the rally in Frankfort, said Tom Shelton, […]

Let the facts fall where they may



We understand the frustration caused by the heavy-handed tactics sometimes employed by federal agents, particularly after one of our own reporters experienced it firsthand just recently. While we are not happy with the methods agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms used in our county two weeks ago, we did not threaten civil war, and we still respect […]

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South’s native talent suffers without better public schools




DURHAM, N.C. The South’s increasingly diverse homegrown talent won’t share in the region’s economic growth unless state leaders commit to spending more on public schools and higher education, according to a study released this week. The State of the South 2018 report found that 13 states across the region rely heavily on an influx of newcomers with college degrees to […]

You can help a great cause!



Speaking of grandsons, the younger brother of Braden Ochs, of whom I spoke here last week, is Tyler Kane Ochs and he has reminded me that I was already late in writing about him when Braden stole the show. Points East While it doesn’t seem possible that a year has gone by since we last asked readers of this column […]


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