Jailer Slone, other officials are right to focus on litter


Like most of you, we have been appalled in recent years at the increase in litter along our roads and streams in Letcher County. While the county’s litter problem improved greatly in the early 2000s, we have slipped backward since then, with some roadside ditches filled to capacity with fast-food litter, plastic bottles, bleach jugs, tires, and used needles. Hillside […]

Willie Farley dies at 77

Willie Farley, 77, of Indian Creek, died March 28 at Hazard Appalachian Regional Healthcare Center. A son of the late Melvin and Vira Farley, he was born in Harts, W.Va. Mr. Farley served in the Army from 1967 to 1975 and covered two tours in Vietnam and Korea. He was baptized at Millstone Missionary Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife, […]

Rites held for Larry Hampton

Larry Hampton, 71, of Pikeville, died March 26 at the Greg and Noreen Wells Hospice Center in Hazard. The son of the late James T. and Emma Pauline Brown Hampton, he was preceded in death by a son, Travis Hampton. Surviving are his wife, Sharon Layne Hampton; a daughter, Melanie Smith and husband Cheddy of Blackey; a son, Michael Cornett […]

Rites held for Ivan Whitaker Jr.

Funeral services for Ivan Whitaker Jr., of Little Colley, were held April 1 at Letcher Funeral Home. Burial was in the Gibson family cemetery at Isom. The son of the late Ivan and Sally Caldwell Whitaker, he died March 28 at Hazard Appalachian Regional Healthcare Center. Mr. Whitaker was a coal miner and worked for more than 40 years. His […]

Barbara Sue Tackitt, 79, dies

Funeral services for Barbara Sue Webb Tackitt, 79, of Dunham, were held April 2 at Carty Funeral Home in Jenkins. A daughter of the late Laud and Blanche Stacy Webb, she was the widow of Willie Tackitt. She died March 29 at her daughter’s home in Virgie. In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Tackitt was preceded in death […]

First responders need to see your 911 address

Letter to the editor

To the Editor: The Letcher County 911 Board and the Letcher County Judge’s Office would like to remind the citizens of Letcher County of the importance of displaying your 911 address at your residence. This will save valuable time and assist first responders in locating the correct address in the event of an emergency. Locations at your residence where first […]

Significant bills okayed in final days of session

Historically, the last day or two of a legislative session has been dedicated just to deciding whether to override any vetoes a governor might issue. In recent years, however, this time has also been set aside to approve a few extra bills that didn’t make it through the House and Senate before the veto recess, a roughly 10-day period the […]

Planting those ‘Arsh ’taters’

Sixty years is a long time in one man’s life, but I’d be willing to bet that I was at least 10 years old before I equated the term “Arsh” with “Irish”. I’m 70 now and still a slow learner. When I was a little feller on Blair Branch, the most important rite of spring was plowing up gardens and […]

Explains vote on pension bill

Legislators worked late into the night on Thursday, the 30th and final day of the 153rd regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly, giving final passage to some important public policy changes before adjourning sine die. Also before the last day, the Governor signed legislation I sponsored to strengthen safety precautions for firefighters. Senate Bill 140 will expand its Hepatitis […]

Democrats are now the party of country’s liberal Republicans

The core political challenges facing Democrats are not the rise of those who proudly call themselves democratic socialists and the danger that Republicans will succeed in red-baiting the entire party. Instead, Democrats face formidable coalition management problems because they now provide a home to millions of voters (and scores of elected officials) who in earlier times might well have been […]

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