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Letcher school board honored

As Kentucky observes School Board Recognition Month in January, Letcher County is joining in the celebration. William Smith, Melinda Boggs, Robert Kiser, Lena Parsons and Shawn Gilley are among the more than 850 school board members in the state’s 173 local school districts being recognized this month for their service. This is the perfect time to thank school board members […]


Jenkins Elementary School celebrated School Resource Officer Day with Officer Jim Stephens on January 9. Students made Officer Stephens cards and the staff treated him to a potluck lunch. He is pictured here with Mrs. Christine Quillen’s kindergarten class, (front row, left to right) Jace Akers, Emma Thompson, Chance Polly, Amelia Parnell, Nicholas Gayheart, Bella Potter, Layken Branham (back row) […]

Are computers eavesdropping on us?

Praise God for answering another prayer request we have had all across our community. Harold Day is now off the vent and is asking for food. He is now up to visitors and his nieces have thanked everybody for caring so much about him and lifting him up in your prayers. The senior citizens at the rec center are anxious […]

Elementary students honored

Students named to the Jenkins Elementary School second nine weeks Honor Roll are: Third grade Lynn Gilliam’s homeroom All A: Waylon Canter, Damon Church, Haylee Thacker, and Brady Swindall. A/B honor roll: Kimber Collins, Layton Fleming, Jayden Fugate, Keearah Habern, Olivia Kelly, Skyler Mullins, Chloe Owens, Jayden Wathen, and Zachary Whitaker. Fourth grade Amanda Kelly’s homeroom All A: Haley Cook, […]

My new military assignment

At the end of the Korean War, I was asked to take over the printing department at the only training base in California, the Parks Air Base in Dublin, where the military police were trained for all Air Force bases. My first week on my new base I ran into Rodney Gallion of Joe’s Branch, a childhood buddy of mine. […]

Top SKCTC students named

Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College students from Letcher County named to the fall President’s List with a 4.0 grade point average are: Brandon Lee Anderson Adams, Christie Lynn Adams, Thomas E. Adams, Patricia Ann Anderson, Sandara Baker, Lindsay Brook Bentley, Billy L. Boggs, Jared L. Boggs, Katla Branham, Jessica Gwen Caudill, Samantha Nicole Crawford, Shyanna Michelle Hampton, Heather Cheyenne […]

KHEAA helps students pay for higher education

Kentuckians seeking help to pay for college or technical training can take advantage of student aid programs administered by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). Those programs include the: • Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship. KEES lets high school students earn money by getting good grades in school and doing well on the ACT or SAT. • College Access Program […]

Moments and Memories of WHS

Faye Brashears is the Whitesburg High School 1960 Homemaker of Tomorrow. She received the highest score in a 50-minute written examination on homemaking knowledge and attitudes taken by graduating senior girls. She will receive an award pin, representing the slogan, “Home is where the heart is.” Her examination papers will be submitted for competition with other high school winners to […]

Harold Day injured in four-wheeler accident


I got a very big surprise when I pulled into the Letcher County Recreation Center parking lot Wednesday morning. The lot was almost packed to capacity. Upstairs the cardio machines were being used also almost to capacity. There were lots of people on the weight machines, too. These are members of all ages and abilities. I absolutely love it. I […]

Community calendar

January 22 — The Southeast Kentucky Chapter of the National Black Lung Association will meet at 2 p.m. at the Letcher County Health Department, 115 East Main Street, Whitesburg. The meeting is open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend. Respiratory Clinics of Eastern Kentucky staff and local attorneys with experience assisting with federal black lung claims will […]

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