Journalists write the news, but Facebook and Google profit. That must change.

Ask anyone today where they get their news, and there’s a very good chance they’ll say either “Facebook” or “Google.” Yet neither of those global corporations are in the reporting business. They are both publishers of other people’s news, not generators of original news content. The Googles and Facebooks of the world would like us all to view them as […]

Virginia primary has surprise but not a really clear message

RICHMOND, Va. Virginia’s closely watched off- year primary contest produced plenty of surprises Tuesday, but little in the way of a coherent message. The top Democrat in the state Senate narrowly won his primary despite heavily outspending a progressive challenger, and another incumbent lost her seat to a former Virginia lawmaker who used to spend his days at the state […]

Fiscal Court to meet June 12 & 13

A special called meeting of the Letcher Fiscal Court will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 12, and Thursday, June 13. The meeting, which is for training purposes, will take place at the Letcher County Extension Office, 478 Extension Drive, Whitesburg. You are unauthorized to view this page.

Bike Nite June 14

Whitesburg Bike Nite will be held Friday, June 14, starting at 6 p.m. in downtown Whitesburg with music, a bike show, and games. Entry is free. For more information, call Shelia at 606-335-1969. You are unauthorized to view this page.

Neighborhood Watch meeting

The first meeting of a Neighborhood Watch program focusing on the Thornton area will be held at 6 p.m., June 20, at Thornton Park. For more information, call Laranda Baker at 634-4473. You are unauthorized to view this page.

When hit comes to healthcare, Letcher Co. can teach others

Letcher County, healthcare leaders said last week, may not be perfect, but other places can learn from it. The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky had a forum on health issues in Whitesburg Thursday to learn what is good and what presents “opportunities” for improvement of health in Letcher County. It was the second of a series of forums the nonprofit […]

Students spending time in jail here — as interns

Some college students are spending time in jail this summer — not as prisoners, but as interns learning what they might face when they earn their degrees in criminal justice. Letcher County Jailer Bert Slone said he started working on the internship program before he took office, and the jail now has several students working. “I know there are a […]

Rocky Adkins urges this region’s voters to support Beshear

House Minority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins won Rowan County in last month’s Democratic primary election for governor with 89 percent of the vote. On Monday, he asked those voters to flip their support to the man who beat him statewide: Attorney General Andy Beshear. “We need to flip that over,” Adkins told a crowd at the Fuzzy Duck coffee shop […]

Latin Jam

LATIN JAM – La Misa Negra, a cumbia band from Oakland, Calif., brought down the house last Thursday during the Levitt Amp Concert in Whitesburg. Left to right are Paul Martin Sounder, Morgan Nilsen, Craig Bravo, Diana Trujillo, Justin Chin, and Marco Polo Santiago. The Levitt Amp concert this Thursday features jazz bassist Ethan Jodziewicz. (Photo by Sam Adams) You […]

A crisis looms

As schools finish up their year and we all prepare for the summer ahead, it may not feel like a major crisis is just a few weeks away, but that is exactly what Kentucky faces if Governor Bevin and the General Assembly don’t act soon. What will happen if nothing is done? Dozens of public health departments – including those […]

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