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Local businesses reopen with mixed results


Most businesses and some government offices are open again, but under strict new rules for social distancing, after nearly two months of closure due to COVID-19. The slow rollout of openings began about two weeks ago, and so far Kentucky has not yet seen a large spike in cases of the disease. Some government offices reopened May 18, and public […]

Some voting may begin this Friday

Kentucky voters who intend to vote by mail-in ballot may do so by signing up for a ballot online now, and Letcher County residents might be able to vote in person beginning Friday. The Friday opening for the absentee machine in the Letcher County Clerk’s office is still up in the air, since the company that supplies the voting machines […]

Steve Earle’s ‘Ghosts’ looks at coal miners’ plight in explosion

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Steve Earle & the Dukes, “Ghosts of West Virginia” (New West) Contemplating the treacherous political landscape of West Virginia, Steve Earle decided to build a bridge. The singer-songwriter known for his liberal views undertook a project that would speak for the other side on the issue of coal mining. Earle’s empathetic attempt to address the divide has resulted in one […]

Big changes await voters

Those who choose to vote in person this year will have new machines in which to do it, but there will be only two voting machines and one polling place for the primary because of COVID-19. The machine on the right will mark each voter’s paper ballot according to how he or she votes on the touch screen. The voter […]

Grader mishap kills man

Funeral services were held Monday for a Roxana man killed in a heavy-equipment accident in Perry County. Gary “Red Fuzz” Gentry, 68, of Roxana, died May 14 at Leatherwood when he was run over by a road grader near the abandoned Blue Diamond Commissary. Gentry, who was retired, was on an old mine road owned by his family off KY […]

Some county offices are reopening now; courts to start June 1


Letcher County is taking a step to return to normal this week as several offices re-open in the Letcher County Courthouse after being closed for two months because of the coronavirus. At the virtual meeting of the Letcher County Fiscal Court on Monday evening, Judge/Executive Terry Adams announced that his office would re-open on Wednesday, as would the sanitation billing […]

LCCHS names top graduates

Letcher County Central High School has named a valedictorian and three salutatorians for the Class of 2020. Haydon Caudill, of Jeremiah, son of Larry and Karen Caudill, was named valedictorian. He had a 4.607 grade point average, and will attend Morehead State University, where he received a Rogers Scholarship for full tuition and housing, the Valedictorian Scholarship and an Alumni […]

Jenkins honors Bentley, Potter

Jenkins Middle High School has named its valedictorian and salutatorian for the Class of 2020. Jacob Bryce Bentley, son of Brian and Lisa Bentley of Jenkins, is the 2020 Valedictorian. Bentley is graduating academic ready with 30 college credit hours from the University of Pikeville and Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College. He is a member of the National Honor […]

Food City cuts ribbon on new Wine and Spirits store


Food City opened its new wine and spirits store May 13, and showed off 2,200 choices of wine, liquor and other adult beverages ranging from the merely cheap ($7 and change for a bottle of inexpensive wine) to the eye-popping ($260 for a top-shelf, single-malt scotch). “It’s been a long time coming,” one company official exclaimed as managers and employees […]

NEW SIGN

— A new sign identifying the Whitesburg Fire Department was all lit up earlier this week. The sign was installed last week by Unisign of Prestonsburg. The fire department is located adjacent to Whitesburg City Hall. The city’s logo is lit up in the middle of the sign. (Eagle photo)


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