Services held are for Aaron Brown

Funeral services for Aaron Lynn Brown, 33, of Dry Fork, were held January 5 at Letcher Funeral Home. The son of Gary and Nancy Brown of Dry Fork, he died January 1 at Ermine. He was the grandson of the late George W. Popp and Jim Brown, and a nephew of the late Richard Popp. He was a member of […]

Alice Lloyd College lists honor students

Several Letcher Countians earned academic distinction at Alice Lloyd College for the fall semester. Named to the President’s List with a grade point average of 4.0 were Shah Muhammad Ashfaq, Brittany Elaine Hunsaker, Brett Robert Lewis, and Emily Jean Sergent, all of Whitesburg; Aaron Shawn Dixon of Hallie, and Candice Wray Mollett of Blackey. Named to the Dean’s Distinguished List […]

Government must act

The federal government has declared open season on older folks in a desperate attempt to save health-care coverage for younger retirees. Companies can now, with Uncle Sam’s endorsement, openly discriminate against those 65 and older by cutting their health benefits, shoving them off to Medicare, whether they like it or not. Endorsing age discrimination is just wrong and presents a […]

Wildcat fans are nation’s most loyal

Which college has the most loyal sports fans in all of America? I vote for the University of Kentucky. What other school could do what UK did on the day when: The basketball Wildcats drew 19,184 for its non-game with Florida International in Rupp Arena? All but about 30 fans were Blue. A couple of hours later, fans of the […]


Tilda Higgins dies

Tilda Higgins, 89, of Redfox, died December 14 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. Born at Redfox, she was the widow of Elbert Higgins. Surviving are two stepsons, Bobby Higgins and Jimmy Higgins, both of Gary, Ind., and James and Mollie Higgins, Redfox. Funeral services were held December 22 in Hindman. Burial was in the Higgins Cemetery at Sassafras.

Brothers used berry picking to sneak into movies

When my brother and I were young, barefoot towheads growing up, we lived in the upper end of Blackey, having moved there when I was 9 or 10 years old. Before moving closer to Blackey, we lived about 1 1/2 miles above Blackey on the River Road. The yard had a high fence around it and to venture outside the […]

Why these two states?

Here we have a presidential race with huge fields in both major parties, and with such long campaign periods both before and after the first primaries straining candidates’ war chests to the point that most have to win early or bow out quickly. Or more to the point, here we don’t have it. Now, far be it from us … […]