Services held for Burtis Adams, 59

Burtis Darrell “Ski Daddy” Adams of Sandlick, died January 9 at Hazard Appalachian Regional Healthcare Center. He was 59 years old. He was a son of the late Cratis and Rosanna Craft Adams, and a brother of the late Charles Adams, Mildred Combs, and Nan Lou McKinney. Funeral services were held January 13 at Letcher Funeral Home. Burial was in […]

Whitesburg is forced to raise water, sewer rates

Faced with losing a large chunk of the outside funding needed to help pay for its share of a new city/county wastewater treatment plant, the City of Whitesburg is raising the rates it charges for municipal water and sewer service. The rate increases are included in an emergency ordinance approved unanimously by the Whitesburg City Council. The council took the […]

Don’t botch it

The casual way in which Senate President David Williams dismisses the prospect of ending the Bucks for Brains program is sad to see and to hear. Sen. Williams is resentful of the caustic tone and personal nature of some criticism that he has received, since mutating from progressive Republican lawmaker to obstructionist Senate martinet. However, he invites strong reaction with […]

Cougars’ roll continues as they top short-handed Cavs

The Letcher Central Cougars boys’ team is on a roll. After losing to June Buchanan in a heartbreaker at Pippa Passes, they lost again to a good Cordia team, also on the road. This must have been a wakeup call for the Cougars because they have put up some big numbers since those losses. The Cougars played three games last […]

Jessica L. Campbell completes training

Air Force Airman 1st Class Jessica L. Campbell has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Tex. During the six weeks of training, she studied the Air Force mission, organization, and military customs and courtesies; performed drill and ceremony marches, and received physical training, rifle marksmanship, field training exercises, and special training in human relations. […]

City announces plans to annex two new areas

The City of Whitesburg will soon be growing larger. At its January meeting last week, the Whitesburg City Council approved the hiring of Letcher County Surveyor Richard Hall to survey an area between Pine Mountain Junction and Ermine in preparation for it being annexed into the city. Craft said the area includes the Pine Mountain Grill and an area beyond […]

UNITE is losing much funding

In addition to a two-thirds cut in the main federal grant program for anti-drug efforts by local police, “a task force that has arrested more than 2,400 drug suspects in eastern Kentucky the past five years and provided money for drug treatment and education” has seen its federal funding slashed by more than half, reports the Lexington Herald Leader. Operation […]

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NASCAR testing begins

With the first round of winter testing now over at Daytona International Speedway, it is safe to say that the 2008 Sprint Cup Season is in full swing. Forget about waiting until next month when they actually start awarding points at Daytona to say the season is underway, because the long road to Miami and the championship title has started. […]

Churning butter was tough task

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Before my dad finally figured out that it was cheaper, not to mention far less trouble, to buy milk at 25 cents or swap a dozen eggs for a gallon from Lydia Caudill than it was to keep a cow back in the late ’50s and early ’60s, somebody had to milk ole Betsy twice a day, every morning, every […]