Letcher woman’s recovery began with sentencing by Judge Mullins

Judge Mullins: ‘We want them to get help’

The sound of a gavel banging, and the dramatic clang of cell doors aren’t typically associated with hope. In this case, the judicial system saved Allison Rose’s life. On June 28, 2018, Rose found herself facing charges for possessing drug paraphernalia and complicity to traffic methamphetamine in Letcher County. This was not her first drug-related charge. She had several other […]

Aide to McConnell cancelled meeting with miners, so they visited office anyway

Miners travel …

Retired miners and their families demonstrated in London last week in attempt to get the attention of Sen. Mitch McConnell and stop a planned cut to the tax that pays for the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund. But with the holiday approaching and about 25 percent of the federal government shut down because of the president’s demand that $5 billion […]

Ward reflects on 12 years of leading the county

Ward is most proud of rec center, prison

One Thursday recently was a typical day for outgoing county Judge/ Executive Jim Ward. That morning, he was with the road department determining how to fix a road. That afternoon he was marrying a couple at the nursing home. It’s been a job he’s relished for the past 12 years and would have continued to love if he had won […]

SPEAKING OF SOAPS


RECAPS 12/24 – 12/28 THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL — Hope tells Steffy and Liam that she wants to enjoy Christmas without Taylor. Maya shares her news about Rick with Hope and Liam, who in turn ask Maya for a favor. Taylor realizes that Hope is forcing Steffy to choose between spending time with Taylor and celebrating the holiday with […]

Moments in Time

• On Dec. 29, 1170, Archbishop Thomas Becket is brutally murdered in Canterbury Cathedral by four knights of King Henry II of England, apparently on orders of the king. The Christian world was shocked, and in 1173 Becket was canonized a Catholic saint. • On Dec. 26, 1606, William Shakespeare’s play “King Lear” is performed at the court of King […]

Bible trivia


1. For possible new year’s resolutions, Proverbs 16:3 says, “Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be …”? Resolved, Established, Directed, Bountiful 2. Psalm 37:5 instructs us to, “Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to …”? Nurture, Pass, Action, Light 3. Which book proclaims the first day of […]

Now Here’s a Tip!

• Do yourself a favor and pick up red and green festive party items, like plates and cups, plain cloth napkins and foil-wrapped candies, at after-holiday discounts. You can use the red items for Valentine’s Day and the green for St. Patrick’s Day with none the wiser. . • DIY shower spray: Add part vodka to 2 parts water, plus […]

Jenkins couple have given away more than 2 million diapers to moms in region


Bessie and Lester McPeek are known throughout eastern Kentucky as the Diaper Lady and the Diaper Man. They wouldn’t want it any other way. The McPeeks, who have been married for 24 years, started a unique diaper distribution and parent education ministry in Jenkins in 2001. Since then, they have given away more than 2 million diapers to single moms, […]

Sayers twins named to Under Armour all-stars

Letcher Central Middle School eighth- graders Peyton and Mason Sayers have been named to the first-ever all-state middle school team. They are the sons of Tom and Melissa Sayers. The identical twins are 6 feet 2 and weigh 270 pounds each. They will travel to Orlando, Fla., for an Under Armour You Are Next All American game at the Wide […]

MCHC, state police collect food in annual ‘Cram the Cruiser’ drive

More than a ton of food was collected during this year’s annual Cram The Cruiser food drive, sponsored by Kentucky State Police Post 13. Trooper Jody Sims said this year’s drive resulted in the collection of approximately 2,500 pounds of donated food, which was donated to the Letcher County Food Pantry in Whitesburg (pictured above). Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation is […]


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