Services are held for Kelly DeSimone

Funeral services for Kelly Paul DeSimone, 84, of McRoberts, were held January 7 at Holy Angels Catholic Church. Burial was in Powell Valley Memorial Gardens at Big Stone Gap, Va. A son of the late Vincenzo and Anna DeSidora DeSimone, he was born at Burdine. He died January 5 at the Pikeville Medical Center. DeSimone was a U.S. Army veteran […]

Time for fruit

The Letcher County Extension Office is now taking orders for rootstock, trees, and berries. Call in orders to the County Extension Office at 633-2362. Those who place orders will be notified when the plants arrive.

Girl Scouts are now taking cookie orders

Letcher County Girl Scout troops are now taking orders for Girl Scout cookies. In addition to traditional cookies, Cinna-spins, which are approved by the American Diabetic Association and are 100 calories per package, are now available. For more information or to place an order, call Connie Sturgill at (606) 633-2213.

Strange But True

• Do you get annoyed at your mate’s bathroom habits? Well, you’re not the only one. A survey was conducted in 2006 to determine exactly what it is we do to drive each other nuts there. The No. 1 compliant was leaving an empty roll of toilet paper on the spool instead of replacing it with a new roll. The […]


Marsha Collins dies in Indiana

Former Letcher County resident Marsha Rae Collins, 65, of Greenfield, Ind., died December 31. A daughter of the late Bob and Laura Mullins Williams, she was a sister of the late Bobby Williams. She and her husband, Cherry Collins, co-owned Sugar Creek Antique Mall for 15 years. Surviving in addition to her husband are a son, James Collins and wife […]

Jenkins police will get Tasers

Beginning in February all five Jenkins police officers will be trained to carry and operate Tasers. Jenkins Police Chief Jim Stephens is hoping the electroshock weapons will help deter people from acts of violence. “The goal is to not have a fight with anyone,” said Stephens. “The presence of the Taser on the officer will make people think, ‘hey, I […]

Letcher names top students

Students named to the All A Honor Roll at Letcher Elementary School for the third six weeks of school are: Nick Howard, Caleb Adams, Ben Cornett, Harvey Hudson, Ethan Walters, Sydney Back, Julie Cornett, Alex Fickey, Katlyn Jent, Arianna Nichols, Emilie Nichols, Chandler Sparkman, Andi Fields, Kristin Blair, Dalton Slone, and Chase Smith. Named to the A-B Honor Roll are: […]

June Buchanan, Hazard appear to be best in 14th Region

Even though it seems like we just started the 2007-08 high school basketball season here in the mountains, we actually passed the midway point last week when the WYMT Mountain Classic crowned its 21st champion in June Buchanan of the 14th Region. The Crusaders beat a talented Knox Central team 73-58 in the first round, which was led by the […]