Teachers put on notice by Jenkins superintendent

Jenkins Independent Schools Superintendent John Shook is angry over the way two teachers at Jenkins Middle High School reacted to a broken air-conditioning system at the middle-high school building. When the subject arose at the August meeting of the Jenkins Independent Schools Board of Education on Monday night, Shook said when a broken fan left the building without air-conditioning on […]

Jenkins routs Allen Central in opener

After a slow start, the Jenkins Cavaliers finished strong for a big win against the Allen Central Rebels in last Friday’s season opener. “A hot, muggy evening with temperatures in triple digits contributed to the sluggish start,” said Cavaliers coach Mark Johnson. “The bus ride at an hour and a half and 100-degree temperature caused our guys to start off […]

Bluegrass group to perform at Norton

Bluegrass Circle will perform at 8 p.m., Sept. 1, at The Country Cabin II in Norton, Va. The new facility is located across Alternate Rte. 58 from the original Country Cabin, 1 1/2 miles west of Norton. For more information, call (276) 679-2632.

Lyrics to songs bring memories of mom singing

Points East

I am looking for someone with either an incredible memory or lots of time on their hands to help me track down the lyrics of a couple of songs that I can’t find on the Internet. I have found reasonable facsimiles of a couple but I can’t find anything that comes close to the versions that my Mom used to […]


ANNIVERSARY – Josh and Becky Fleming of Jenkins, will celebrate their second wedding anniversary on September 3.

Court will meet in special session to set tax rates

The Letcher County Fiscal Court is being forced to call a special meeting this week because neither of the two school districts in the county submitted its tax rates to the court in time for the regular August meeting, Judge/Executive Jim Ward said. Ward told the court at its August meeting last week that he would call the special meeting […]

You can’t make fans think these are ‘openers’

You can’t fool football fans of the Universities of Louisville and Kentucky. They know an opening game when they see one – and fans of the Wildcats and Cardinals are not going to see any openers this week. Or next week, for that matter. Earl Cox Speaking of the matter, the one that matters won’t be played until 7:30 p.m., […]

Local KFTC meets in Whitesburg

The Letcher County Chapter of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth held its annual meeting in the Whitesburg office. Folks brought food, especially a chocolate ice cream cake to celebrate Patty Tarquino’s three years with KFTC. It was a small gathering – nine of us including two visitors from Spain working on articles about our organization and a new member, Ellis Keyes. […]

Surprise party celebrates 50th anniversary


Another week and come and gone and the month of September is fast approaching. August has been such a hot, humid and dry month that everything seems to have dried up and turned brown. Even the leaves are beginning to crinkle up and turn brown as if it was already fall. We were glad to see Wallace Bowling able to […]


DONATES HAIR – Maria Grace DeSimone, 5, of Inman, S.C., recently had her first haircut. She took the 14-inch-long hair to Gibb’s Cancer Center, where it was sent to Locks of Love, a nonprofit organization that provides hairpieces to children suffering from hair loss. Maria wanted to do something to help those children and plans to let her hair grow […]