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Arlington National Cemetery may be running out of space


In the early 1960s when I escorted the first Air Force master sergeant casualty of Vietnam to Arlington Cemetery, it was natural to envision the cemetery stretching on forever. In ’71 and ’72 while assigned to the Pentagon, I read a report from the Army, which managed the cemetery. The report had warned of space issues for years. Demand at […]

Letcher Central students love 85-year-old teacher



Doug Adams, an art teacher at Letcher Central High School in Whitesburg, celebrated his 85th birthday Saturday. That makes him among the oldest — and possibly the oldest — classroom teacher working full-time at a Kentucky public school. “I don’t know of anybody else that’s a full-time teacher that’s as old as Doug,” said Letcher Central Assistant Principal Scottie Billiter, […]

Your vote could be the one to bring free concert series back to Letcher Co.


Organizers of the Levitt Amp Concert Series in Whitesburg are looking for another shot at the $25,000 grant this year. Committee members have already filed an application with the Levitt Amp Foundation for a second summer of concerts, and the application is open for voting by the public now. Cowan Community Center and the City of Whitesburg partnered on last […]

Dems gain in quest for House control; GOP keeps Senate



WASHINGTON Democrats were gaining significant ground in the battle for House control Tuesday night, while Republicans held their Senate majority as voters rendered a mixed verdict in the first nationwide election of Donald Trump’s turbulent presidency. The results allowed both parties to claim partial victory, but highlighted an extraordinary realignment of U.S. voters by race, sex and education. Republicans maintained […]

Yonts is chosen to lead county school system

Letcher County Public Schools have a new superintendent. Denise Banks Yonts, Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the school district, has been hired to fill the position left vacant when Superintendent Tony Sergent retired. Yonts was hired during a special called meeting of the board of education on Monday night. She was one of six candidates for the position. Yonts, […]

Barr wins hard-fought race over Amy McGrath



RICHMOND, Ky. Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Barr won a fourth term in Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District, defeating Democrat and former Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath on Tuesday in a district that President Donald Trump won by double digits in 2016. McGrath was considered Barr’s toughest challenger since he arrived in Congress in 2012. In his victory speech in Lexington, Barr […]

Voter registration up by 255 in Letcher Co.


The number of registered voters has been steadily growing in Letcher County over the past two years, but with most of the new voters registered as Republican or independent, the county is still registered overwhelmingly Democratic. Traditionally, party registration has made little difference in elections here, and many people register as Democrats because of the perception that a local candidate […]

Barr opposes Trump’s plan to end birthright citizenship



GEORGETOWN, Ky. Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Barr said Tuesday that he does not support President Donald Trump’s proposal to end citizenship for children born in the United States to non-citizen parents. Trump made the comments to “Axios on HBO” one week before the midterm elections, where immigration has become a key issue. One of the most competitive races in the […]

Family history leads Kentucky candidates to different places



FRANKFORT As a child, Andy Barr watched his sister battle juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. She spent her childhood in and out of hospitals, undergoing at least 25 surgeries while his parents struggled to find affordable insurance coverage. Beginning in high school, Amy McGrath watched her parents battle cancer. Her mother had a mastectomy and her father had disfiguring surgery. She said […]

Food City sponsors Race Against Hunger

Since 1992, Food City — in partnership with its customers — has conducted its annual Race Against Hunger campaign to raise funds for local non-profit hunger relief organizations. The holiday promotion is cosponsored by Kellogg’s. “Hunger is a serious problem throughout our region. Food City and Kellogg’s are proud to be a part of the Race Against Hunger,” says Steven […]


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