Green snakes are seen again


When was the last time you all saw a green snake? It had been almost 30 years since I had seen one and then Mom and I saw one last year in her gladiolas right beside her sidewalk. We watched it for a long time and took a few pictures of it. Whitesburg Well, lo and behold, last week my […]

County receives grant to preserve local records

State Librarian and Kentucky Department for Libraries (KDLA) Commissioner Terry Manuel announced that Letcher County Clerk Winston Meade has received a grant of $12,100 from the KDLA to preserve and manage local government records. “These funds will allow local agencies to preserve, manage and provide access to records in a way that benefits both the agency and the public,” Manuel […]

Two named to Dean’s List

Trevor Wayne and Kiley Short, graduates of Letcher County Central High School, have been named to the Dean’s List at Centre College in Danville. He is the son of Judy and David Wayne of Jenkins, and she is the daughter of Daniel Short and Saundra Short of Neon. To be named to the Dean’s List, students must maintain at least […]

Rites held for Dudley Stewart

Dudley “Duke” Stewart, 79, of Mayking, died August 5 at Hazard Appalachian Regional Healthcare Center. Surviving are his wife, Nannie Sue Spangler Stewart; a daughter, Audrey Sexton of Whitesburg; five sons, Boone Stewart, Jay Stewart, David Stewart, Curtis Stewart, and John Stewart all of Mayking; 19 grandchildren; and 23 great grandchildren. Mr. Stewart was preceded in death by his father, […]

New tax keeps hurting the poor



When people sat down last weekend at the St. Jerome Picnic in Fancy Farm to play Bingo, for the first time ever, 3 cents on every 50- cent Bingo card they bought went to the state of Kentucky. That’s money that will be diverted from shelters for the homeless and battered women, from people who need help paying their electric […]

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Love for child isn’t so simple


You walked off that plane with the biggest smile on your face. Your hug was stronger and taller than last time, proof of a growth spurt in the past six months that just stretched on forever, I swear. Before the airline official would allow you to leave with me, I had to show ID to prove my relationship to you […]

Female candidates must move beyond #MeToo


Much of the excitement over so many women running for House seats and even (gosh!) running against each other should be filed under “anticlimax.” After Margaret Thatcher, Angela Merkel and Hillary Clinton and with the female powerhouses now serving in the U.S. Congress, a woman vying for elective office should not be that big a deal. There was a time […]

No, today’s kids are not all right


Childhood anxiety is giving us anxiety. Nearly a third of American adolescents meet the criteria for an anxiety disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Even among younger kids, anxiety is on the rise. But as my Let Grow co-founder, Boston College psychology professor Peter Gray, notes, crime rates are at a 50-year low, so it’s not […]

Jenkins assigns officer to patrol two schools

Mayor Todd Depriest told the Jenkins City Council at its August meeting this week that the city has worked out an agreement with the Jenkins Independent Schools System to provide a school safety officer to Jenkins Schools. Depriest said the resource officer will be a trained police officer who will divide his time between the Jenkins Middle High School and […]


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