Woman praises volunteers who tried to save her house

Letter to the Editor:

To the Editor: About a week ago my house on Burton Hill at Letcher burned to the ground. Even though I did lose my house and belongings, I would like to thank all the firefighters involved. They responded in record time and fought the house fire tirelessly until the end. It is my understanding that both the Letcher and Sandlick […]

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 […]

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 […]

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