Mayor stalls demolition plan

Whitesburg Mayor James W. Craft this week declared a moratorium on the issuance of a work permit that would allow contractors to begin tearing down the old KYVA Motor Company building on Madison Street. Craft took the action Monday, four days after the Letcher County Conservation District’s governing board voted abandoned plans to renovate the building to use for its […]

Motorcycle crash near Pine Mountain kills 20-year-old man

A Sandlick man died Sunday after police said he lost control of his motorcycle while traveling on US 119 South near Pine Mountain Junction. Jordan Shane Sexton, 20, was operating his motorcycle at a high rate of speed up an incline when he lost control of his 2003 Honda CBR 600 motorcycle around 4:30 p.m. on May 20, according to […]

Doctors are trying to diagnose autism in babies

CHICAGO Within days of their birth, healthy babies will look you in the eye. By 4 months, they will delight in others. And by 9 months, they will exchange smiles. Jacob Day did none of those things. “We used to say it was like it burned his eyes to look at you,” said his mother, Tamie Day of Antelope, Calif. […]


Brianna Danielle Cornett is a candidate for princess at the Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival. She is the daughter of Fran Polly and Danny Cornett of Linefork, and is a 2007 graduate of Cumberland High School, where she was Miss Cumberland High School and basketball homecoming queen. She will be escorted at the festival by Ethan Ray Boggs, son of Rebecca […]


Nora Hall, a member of the Stinger soccer team, runs at top speed during a recent game.

Roma Amburgey succumbs at 87

Funeral services for Roma Amburgey, 87, were held May 13 at the Dixon Memorial Old Regular Baptist Church at Letcher. Burial was in the Dixon Memorial Cemetery. A daughter of the late Cleveland and Malva Fields Caudill, she was born at Premium. She died May 10 in Columbus, Ind. She was the widow of Benjamin F. Amburgey Sr., and the […]

Court is asked to OK weaker code of ethics

The Letcher County Fiscal Court this week approved the first reading of an ordinance that greatly weakens a county government code of ethics that has been in place for a number of years. The ordinance read at the court’s May meeting on Monday guts rules on nepotism, but broadens the financial disclosure requirements for volunteers who serve on three county […]

Widows sue coal companies, boss

PIKEVILLE A Kentucky mine supervisor and a coal company put production over safety prior to an underground explosion last year that killed five miners, relatives and the sole survivor alleged in a lawsuit Monday. The lawsuit, filed in Harlan County, alleges numerous safety violations against Kentucky Darby L.L.C., coal boss Ralph Napier, and Jericol Mining, which provided management, mine planning, […]

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Bypass surgery must often be repeated

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: In 1995 I underwent quadruple heart bypass surgery. Now, 11 years later, an angiogram was taken and I was told that the grafts are not functioning well. A vein from my left leg was used for the grafts. As a result, a second bypass appears to be imminent. Is this a common occurrence? – I.C. ANSWER: Heart […]


Jordan Whitaker, 12, a sixth-grade student at Cowan Elementary School, recently participated in the state Geography Bee competition held in Bowling Green. He is the son of Teresa Hopkins of Whitesburg, and Johnny Whitaker of Hindman.