Drought worsens, residents urged to cut water use

Letcher County residents are being asked to stop washing cars and watering lawns until current drought conditions improve. And that might not be anytime soon. According to forecasters at Accu Weather, there is a possiblity that Letcher County might get some rain from thunderstorms tomorrow (Thursday), but no other rainfall is in forecast through October 8. Water shortage advisories are […]

Police say woman stabbed boyfriend

Authorities are proceeding with charges against a former Sandlick woman who is charged with murdering a Mayking man early last week by stabbing him in the abdomen. The case against 30-year-old Sharon K. Collins was referred to a Fayette County grand jury after police testified during a preliminary hearing Monday (September 24) that Collins admitted that she stabbed David Brian […]

Moments in Time

• On Sept. 27, 1854, the luxury ship Arctic slams into the steamer Vesta off the coast of Newfoundland. Desperate Arctic crewmembers took lifeboats from women and children attempting to escape. When one of the ship’s high-ranking officers tried to stop them, the crew killed him. The final 70 people left on board crowded onto a makeshift raft as the […]

Drug cuts deaths in elderly patients with hip fractures

ATLANTA For the first time, an osteoporosis drug has reduced deaths and prevented new fractures in elderly patients with broken hips, according to new research. Some experts called the drop in deaths “striking” but said other drugs could have a similar effect. In the study, there were 28 percent fewer deaths and 35 percent fewer fractures in the group that […]


Gladys Smith recovering from mild heat stroke

North Carolina

Well, back in motion again as they say. I’ve been under the weather. I sure appreciated the card and picture I got from Ohio correspondent Emma Sergent Engle. I also enjoyed our visit by phone. By nature we all complain, but this weather has been terrible. I had a mild heat stroke and have three air conditioners going and a […]

Services held for James R. Nichols

James Robert Nichols died September 20 in Lexington. He was 58 years old. Born in Burwell, Nebraska, he was a son of Marvin Nichols of Kimberly, Ore., and Jewell Shoumaker Dalgarno of Montana. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, and enjoyed reading and carpentry. Surviving in addition to his parents are two sons, James Edward Nichols, […]

Jenkins board wants 8th-grade graduation back on calendar

On an evening when Superintendent John Shook was honored by the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative for his outstanding contribution as chairman, the Jenkins Independent Schools Board of Education joined with a parents’ group to ask the Jenkins Middle High School Site Based Council to revisit a decision to cancel eighth grade graduations. After Jeff Hawkins, executive director of KVEC, presented […]

Letcher brothers promoting fights

Fighters from Letcher County will be on the bill next week when full-contact fighting returns to the Eastern Kentucky Expo Center in Pikeville. Some of the toughest men in America are scheduled to be in Pikeville Saturday, Oct. 6 for the Gladiator Fighting Championship’s Halloween Mayhem II, which begins when the Expo Center doors open at 6 p.m. Fighting in […]

VA: No link between chemicals, illnesses

In 2003, the National Academy of Sciences was asked to review scientific evidence and investigate whether there was a link between pesticide and solvent exposure and illness in veterans who served in the Gulf War, and to report back to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Some of the chemicals studied include dry-cleaning solvents and benzene. The NAS found what it […]