Applications being taken for relief help

Applications for the Kentucky Agriculture Relief Effort are now being accepted by the Letcher County Conservation District (KARE). The program assists farmers who have losses because of the drought. Applications are available at the Letcher County Conservation District office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 633-4448.


These three brothers are all preachers. Pictured on Arnold Ray Conn’s 50th birthday are (left to right) John Conn, Arnold Ray Conn, and Billy Conn. Whitesburg correspondent Oma Hatton says, “They can’t decide which one is the prettiest.”

Isaac Hayes was true soul man

With its riveting orchestration, definitive guitar play and signature sensual baritone vocals, Isaac Hayes’ theme song for the 1971 movie “Shaft” not only became one of pop music’s iconic songs, but also the defining work of Hayes’ career. Yet the “Theme from Shaft,” which would earn both Grammys and an Oscar, was just a snippet of the groundbreaking music for […]

Jenkins must consider tax hike, official tells school board this week

The Jenkins Independent Board of Education is considering increasing taxes on real estate after learning at Monday night’s special-called meeting that changes will need to be made to balance future budgets. “You have a ways to go to make your budget balance,” said Gary Caldwell, a financial consultant with the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), to the board at the […]

Moments In Time

• On Aug. 4, 1892, Andrew and Abby Borden are found hacked to death in their home in Fall River, Mass. Daughter Lizzie Borden was arrested and charged with the double homicide, but was later acquitted, as local authorities didn’t trust fingerprint technology. • On Aug. 6, 1911, Lucille Ball, destined to become one of America’s most beloved comic actresses, […]


Sawyer Jay Ison turned one year old on April 19. His sister, Hannah Elisabeth Ison, turned five years old on June 26. They are the children of Valerie and Jason Ison of Easley, S.C. Their grandparents are Carol and Roland Blair of Jeremiah and Don and Leanna Ison of Kingdom Come Creek. They are the greatgrandchildren of Clayton Shepherd of […]


Carlie Alexandra Childers, right, was crowned recently as Miss Riverside Days 2008 in connection with a festival taking place in Whitesburg this weekend. Miss Childers, 16, is the daughter of David and Melissa Boggs of Kingscreek and the late Doug Childers. Brittany Kae Johnson, left, was the winner of the Riverside Days Springtime Pageant. She is the daughter of Gendal […]

Karen Stidham dies

Karen Stidham, 45, of Deane, died August 7 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. Born in Letcher County, she was a daughter of the late Can Martin Richardson and Opal Mullins Richardson. She is survived by her husband, Ronnie Stidham; two sons, Andrew Stidham and wife Erin and Jason Stidham, all of Deane; a granddaughter, Lilly Stidham, Deane; five sisters, Nola […]

Whitesburg council will meet Aug. 14

The Whitesburg City Council will hold a special called meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 14 at Whitesburg City Hall. On the agenda is the second reading of several ordinances.

Hospital trip ends in obstacle overcome

I reckon most if not all of you have heard someone say they stuck their foot in their mouth. I know I have uttered those same words. But I went a mite further. I put both feet in my mouth. I recently complained because I had been in a hospital every four months. Well, it backfired on me. This time […]