Families and Friends

Ohio gets almost foot of snow

Hello everyone! Can you believe January is half gone already? I hate to wish time away, however I am ready for spring, or should I say summer, even with the 90-degree temperatures. Mother Nature gave us a gift of almost a foot of the fluffy white stuff called snow. We still have quite a bit left. My son Keith Ballard […]

Community calendar

January 21 — Cowan Community Center’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day breakfast will begin at 9 a.m. and the program at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church on Madison Avenue in Whitesburg. Guest speakers will be Pastor James Butler and Whitesburg Police Chief Tyrone Fields. The event is partnered by Whitesburg First Baptist Church, Cowan Community Center and […]

Granny lost her featherbed

Hello everyone! Christmas and New Year’s have come and gone, and only memories are left with us. For some, a lot of debt to pay for things that kids really didn’t need. I am not being mean because I have been there and done that. I know one thing, Christmas may be over but it sure looks like Christmas in […]

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 […]

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 […]

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