Families and Friends

It’s barefootin’ time

For nine months of every year, our feet had been in prison in a pair of leather shoes. We couldn’t play outside, go to the store, or go to school without a pair of shoes on. We outgrew a pair every school year. Then came the first of May! This was the first day of the year that we could […]

‘Maters’ or ‘maytos,’ here’s hoping yours grow

When I was a young whippersnapper, I remember folks on Blair Branch calling tomatoes “maytos” or “maters,” but hardly anybody added the first syllable. Both of the short versions were pronounced with a “long A.” I usually refer to my favorite garden plant as “maters” despite the subtle objections and/or tolerances of my more dignified family members and friends. I […]

Cousins search for ancestor’s graves

Hello everyone, I hope you are ready for May. The flowers of April have been beautiful and I have high expectations for flowers in May. I love seeing the wisteria in bloom and wisteria is now on my list of things to plant. Mike and I did get the free trees from AEP and they are planted. I’m looking forward […]

20-mile yard sale, gazing at stars from atop Pine Mountain are open to public

You talk about some talented and fun-loving members of Letcher County Senior Citizens, we surely have some. Remember Letcher County took first and second place in the Rook tournament last month, well Friday of last week they took first and second place in the Corn Hole Singles Tournament, also. Rose Collier took first place and Sue Miles took second place. […]

Girls sing National Anthem

The Arlie Boggs Elementary School Glee Club performed the National Anthem at a recent Lexington Legends baseball game. According to MacKensie Kvalvik, teacher and club sponsor, Arlie Boggs Elementary was selected to sing at Whitaker Banks Ballpark after an audio recording was sent in to the Legends, a Class A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, for review. “This was […]


The perennial wildflower Trillium is one of the most beautiful blooms of spring. This one burst onto the scene early in April with bright white blooms that took on a pinkish hue near the end of the bloom state. Letcher County photographer Thomas Biggs spotted this one at Fishpond Lake at Payne Gap.

Blooms in the mountains resembled Easter basket

Hello everyone! How is everything in your little corner of the world? The weather here has been beautiful the last week. We did have a little rain. I’ve heard the saying April showers brings May flowers, so we should have some beautiful flowers. I really don’t know how anything can compare to the beauty of the early April and my […]

To meet

The Pine Mountain Regional Industrial Development Authority will meet at 12:30 p.m., Thursday, May 2. The meeting will take place at Pine Mountain Resort Park in Pineville.

My classic 1956 Chevy

When I reenlisted at Lackland Field, Texas in November, 1956, I went downtown and bought myself a 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air two-door hard top. It was my second car and I did not drive it much. It turned heads every place I drove it. About a year later, Hawaii asked me to come to their base and do some work […]

Solar project is moving on

Go to our Facebook page for announcements and pictures posted after each event, www.facebook.com/ pages/Hemphill-Community Center, www.facebook.com/Hemphillblacksheep. Check out our two brand new websites: www.hemphillcenter.org and www.blacksheepbrickoven.org. The fund drive for the 4 Letcher Co solar projects is going on. Tax-deductible donations can be submitted via an online process. Be sure to specify it is meant for the Hemphill Community […]

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