TRUMP VISITS COALFIELDS

— President Donald Trump took the stage to speak during a rally Tuesday night in Charleston, W.Va. Trump was in the coalfields of Central Appalachia to tout his adminstration’s new “Affordable Clean Energy” rule. See story inside on Page 2. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Magistrates talk about new bridge, 911 pager trouble


Ongoing problems with communications for first responders and the installation of a bridge replacement dominated discussion at the August meeting of the Letcher County Fiscal Court this week. Letcher County Judge/Executive Jim Ward said he had spoken with the contractors for the Perkins Branch Bridge replacement project and was told the new Mabey Compact 200 bridge should be ready for […]

Grand jury indicts seven

The Letcher Grand Jury has returned an indictment naming a Sassafras man who is charged with acquiring $6,500 from trafficking in a controlled substance. Randall “Randy” Caudill, 49, of Yellow Creek Road, is also accused of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, suspected to be hydrocodone, less than 10 dosage units (first offense), and possession of drug paraphernalia including a […]

Jury wants meth dealer to serve 10-year sentence

A Letcher Circuit Court jury recommended that a Pistol City man be sentenced to 10 years in prison after he was convicted late Tuesday afternoon on two counts of trafficking in methamphetamine. The jury found Dwight Gibson, 24, guilty of selling less than two grams of meth on two separate occasions, the first of which occurred on May 23, 2017. […]

Trump touts his new coal plan



WASHINGTON The Trump administration on Tuesday moved to prop up the declining coal industry with an overhaul of Obama-era pollution rules, acknowledging that the increased emissions from aging coal-fired plants could kill hundreds more people annually and cost the country billions of dollars. The proposal broadly increases the authority given to states to decide how and how much to regulate […]

The black lung epidemic that is sweeping Appalchia is the subject of town meeting here

Coal miners and family members impacted by black lung disease, medical professionals, legal experts, and community advocates will gather in Whitesburg this week to talk about the recent resurgence of black lung disease. The event will be held from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Thursday (August 23) at the Letcher County Extension Office, located above the Whitesburg bypass at 478 […]

The best pickled corn ever is made in Letcher County


At last count, at which point we lost count, Loretta and I had given away 32 aromatically ripe cantaloupes and I had eaten or am still in the process of devouring eight more. She has taken at least three of four not included in the count down to Friends of Paint Lick to share for lunch with her fellow volunteers […]

Funeral is set for Dawahare

Funeral services will be held in Lexington on Thursday for longtime Whitesburg businessman Cann Martin Dawahare, who died Sunday at age 88. Mr. Dawahare was born March 10, 1930 in Neon to Srur and Selma Dawahare. The family moved to Whitesburg when he was five years old. He lived in Whitesburg with his 10 brothers and sisters until the death […]

Moments and Memories of WHS


1983 Summer’s play was varied fare Summer is over and Whitesburg High is back into the swing of things. The students look back on their fond memories of summer and recollect a few of the things that they did. |, Marsha Bailey, went to rifle and band camp, laid around the house, went swimming, and learned to drive; James Shepherd […]

Big news for Jenkins Independent Schools

As the new school year is beginning to start, there are several exciting things coming to the Jenkins Independent school system. Facilities Upgrade — Jenkins Independent Schools will be starting a facility upgrade in November that cost 1.1 million dollars. The goal is to create buildings that are safe and inviting for students, staff, and parents. The upgrade is being […]


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