Man ‘fights’ way into movies


Charles Henry Hicks got into a fight in 2017. A movie fight, that is. Now the Bottom Fork native is seeing the results on the big screen, and is waiting for a second movie in which he was a stunt man and extra to be released. “Donnybrook,” a feature film about an ex-Marine (Jamie Bell) who trains for an illegal […]

Road repairs from rain damages may cost over $5 million

Heavy rains have caused upwards of $5 million in damage to state and county roads in Letcher County — damage that could take as much as a year to repair. Federal Emergency Management Agency personnel were in Letcher County this week assessing damage with county and state officials. So far, the state Department of Transportation has identified $3,063,100 in estimated […]

F-N is going in the hole on garbage pickup; fee increase expected soon


Sanitation fees will probably be raised in Fleming-Neon within the next month, although exactly who will be paying higher costs is uncertain. At the March meeting of the Fleming-Neon City Council, Mayor Susie Polis told the council that the Sanitation Department is losing money and the city cannot afford to allow it to run in the red any longer. Sanitation […]

Moments and Memories of WHS

1962 Lincoln Memorial charms seniors


“In this temple, as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the union, the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever.” This memorial honors the virtues of tolerance, honesty and constancy in the human spirit. The man, whose likeness presides over marbled hall, used these virtues during his 56 years of life. From this man Lincoln, flowed […]

Jobs I turned down when I retired from the U.S. Pentagon


When I put my retirement papers in at the Pentagon, it would take 90 days for them to go through. The sergeant who ran my printing department also worked part time for a large printing company in Washington, D.C. When his boss found out I was retiring, he offered me the job of running his shop. I turned the job […]

Ronald Brock dies at 70

Ronald Brock, 70, died March 7 at his residence at Mayking. He was a son of the late Bill and Bonnie Bolling Brock. Surviving are his wife, Vickie Blair Brock; four children, Ronald C. Brock and Victor N. Brock, both of Mayking, Kathryn Rice of Kentucky, and Jennifer N. Brock and Anthony of Neon; two special grandsons, Garland Eugene Brock […]

Weeping willows are leafing out



Oh how much I love seeing the trees starting to bloom out. Mom and I even saw some weeping willows already leafed out. Sunday and Monday’s weather just made our yearning for spring and warmer weather that much worse. The daylight savings time change Sunday morning was a welcome change for us. I love having time in the evening to […]

Rites set for Mary Jo Webb

Funeral services for Mary Jo Webb, 79, of Mayking, will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 16, at Millstone Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Thornton Cemetery. Visitation will be at 6 p.m. Thursday and 6 p.m. Friday at Letcher Funeral Home. A daughter of the late William and Sally Ann Holbrook Day, she was the widow […]

Services held for Fond Meade

Fond F. Meade, 89, died March 2 at Belmont Community Hospital in Bellaire, Ohio. Born in Pound, Va., to the late Oliver W. Meade and Dessie Bauguess Meade, he was the widower of Leora Meade. Mr. Meade was also preceded in death by four brothers, Dempsey, Otto, Luther and Tate, and three sisters, Hazel, Pauline and Lida. A kind and […]

W’burg food pantry is on borrowed time in current location; others have closed


While many in Letcher County are running out of food, the Letcher County Food Pantry is running out of room and out of time. The non-profit corporation, which started nearly 40 years ago, is looking for new space to handle the ever-increasing need, after food pantries in Neon and Jenkins had to close. The pantry has operated for years out […]


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