Whitesburg getting money for bike trail

The Whitesburg City Council heard good news Tuesday night about a grant for a planned bicycle trail and also entered into the planning phase of a monthly “cruise-in” for the city starting next spring. The council learned at its August meeting that the city has been awarded a grant to fund a bicycle trail from the Whitesburg/ Letcher County Farmers […]

Bicycle race starts here Saturday morning

The 4th annual Pine Mountain Summit Challenge bicycle race will be held this Saturday, August 18, beginning in downtown Whitesburg at 9 a.m. Members of the Letcher County Cycling Club, which sponsors the event, says this year’s Challenge will be the toughest yet, featuring a new “Expert Route,” a 42-mile tour that begins on Main Street in Whitesburg and includes […]


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Great books from mountain natives

If you are allowing the summer to slip by without anything to relieve your boredom and if you believe that laughter is the best medicine you can take for almost anything, then call me Dr. Adams because I’m getting ready to write a prescription. Retired University of Kentucky engineering professor and Harlan native Richard Glen “Dick” Edwards took up fiction […]

Bevin remarks draw response from Beshear

FRANKFORT Facing a groundswell of opposition from public workers for his proposed pension changes, Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin compared them to drowning victims on Tuesday in that “you just need to knock them out and drag them to shore.” Bevin’s comments came during a live interview with Brian Thomas on WKRC in Cincinnati. He said the state must make […]

Pitino lawsuit dismissed

LOUISVILLE A federal judge has dismissed former Louisville coach Rick Pitino’s lawsuit against Adidas, agreeing with the sportswear maker that his claim requires arbitration and should be heard out of court. Pitino sued Adidas last October in U.S. District Court for breach of contract, alleging that the Oregonbased company deliberately ruined his reputation. Adidas had terminated its personal services contract […]

Utility announces plan to eliminate use of coal

MADISON, Wis. A Wisconsin- based utility says it plans to stop burning coal to generate electricity by 2050 and will reduce carbon emissions 80 percent by then. Alliance Energy says it plans to double the use of renewable energy sources by 2030, from the current 16 percent to 33 percent of its energy mix, The Wisconsin State Journal reported. Coal […]

Woman drives off in ambulance

MT. VERNON, Ky. Police say a Kentucky woman became frustrated while waiting for a ride from a hospital, and drove off in a running ambulance. Mt. Vernon Police Chief Brian Carter tells news outlets 51-year-old Pamela Cash became impatient waiting for relatives at Rockcastle County Hospital on Monday morning. Nearby, an ambulance was left running as hospital staff prepared a […]

NASCAR boss is charged

SAG HARBOR, N.Y. NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France announced this week he was taking an indefinite leave of absence following his arrest in the Hamptons on charges of driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of oxycodone. France was seen blowing through a stop sign in Sag Harbor on Sunday and later had a blood-alcohol content that was more than […]

Murder-suicide is suspected

The shooting deaths of an Isom couple are being investigated as a murder-suicide, Kentucky State Police say. Police say a family member found the bodies of Demsey Cole, 61, and Tonya Cole, 51, about 8:23 p.m. Monday inside a garage at the couple’s home off Kentucky Highway 15, near the Letcher-Knott county line. According to a state police news release, […]

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