Barbara Thomas, 69, dies in Dayton, Ohio

Former Letcher County resident Barbara Francis King Thomas, 69, of West Carrollton, Ohio, died January 22 at Hospice of Dayton after a long illness. She was a daughter of the late Luther E. and Ossie L. King, and a sister of the late Carolyn Basham, Nell M. King, Vivian M. King and L.C. King. Surviving are her husband, Elvin G. […]

Letcher Board of Education remembers Attwell Turner

A black bow was draped over former Letcher County Board of Education member Attwell Turner’s seat at last week’s board meeting. The January 28 board meeting was the first meeting since Turner, 75, died of a sudden illness December 21. “We have a vacant seat tonight for Mr. Attwell Turner,” said Anna Craft, superintendent of the Letcher County School System. […]

Help offered to veterans

Jerry Kayrouz, a service officer with the Veterans of Foreign, will be at VFW Post 5829 in Whitesburg from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 8 to assist veterans and their dependents filing for federal and state veterans benefits. Those unable to attend the workshop may contact the VFW Service Office for assistance at P.O. Box 2105, Louisville, KY […]

Moments in Time

• On Feb. 10, 1920, “Kathleen Mavourneen,” starring Theda Bara, provokes a riot when it opens in San Francisco. Rioters sacked the Sun Theater in protest of the film’s portrayal of the Irish poor. • On Feb. 4, 1941, the United Service Organization is founded to offer support for U.S. service members and their families. The USO sent many actors, […]

Charles and Pearl Noble to celebrate 50th anniversary


Our winter season is going by fast. So far there has been no big snow or really bad weather. We may be going to have an early spring. Several attended church at Little Cowan on Sunday. We also missed several who were absent. Not many people are going or coming this time of year. I don’t have much news this […]

Jason D. Bates graduates from police training

Jason D. Bates, of the Letcher County Sheriff’s Department, is one of 26 officers from 16 different agencies graduated from basic training at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training. “We’re glad to have him as an addition to the Letcher County Sheriff’s Department. The training makes him a certified police officer in the state of Kentucky,” said Letcher County […]

Services held for Gearldine Combs

Funeral services for Gearldine Combs, 83, were held February 1 at the Blair Branch Regular Baptist Church. Burial was in the Combs Cemetery at Isom. A daughter of the late Dewey and Martha Maggard, she died January 30 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. She was the widow of James “Jr.” Combs, and the mother of the late Millard Combs. She […]

Local school districts work to improve attendance rate

Both school districts in Letcher County are trying to increase attendance rates at the high school level. Harvey Tackett, director of pupil personnel for Jenkins Independent Schools, said missing more days of school is a trend students develop as they get older. “There may be a perspective from a high school student’s standards that they can miss more days and […]