What the new president needs

President Barack Obama will no doubt ask for many things in the coming weeks — from Congress, from the states, from banks and businesses, and from the American people. Obama will ask for new legislation, new programs, new regulations, not to mention confirmation of all his new people. He will promise a better tomorrow, millions of new jobs, help for […]

Gabby’s Fishing Fever

Plan for winter fishing

Just because fish have moved to deeper water does not mean that they will stay there all winter. The fish move deeper to be able to move up or down in the water to find the most suitable temperatures and best oxygen levels, and to use the deeper water as a means of escape when threatened. One thing that a […]

Hacker in parade

A man with Letcher County ties, Commander Sergeant Major Frank Hacker, was to march in the inauguration parade of Barack Obama, leading a company of the 82nd Airborne Division. The parade was to take place in Washington, D.C., on January 20. He is the brother of Gerald Lee Hacker of Isom.

The Smiths got two dogs for Christmas

North Carolina

Here it is a warm, cloudy Sunday morning. No, I didn’t miss church, it doesn’t start until three in the afternoon. I stay busy, so I only have extra time on Sundays. I really don’t like winter, but we have been blessed with warm weather, cloudy, but warm. Never any snow, only on rare times. The only thing resembling snow […]

Federal grand jury indict two Jenkins men on several charges

A federal grand jury has charged two Letcher County men with conspiring to distribute more than 2,200 pounds of marijuana during a two-year period that ended on December 21. A six-count indictment returned by a U.S. District Court grand jury in Pikeville last week charges that Jeremy Stewart and John H. Bentley, both of Jenkins, violated interstate commerce laws by […]

Political Cartoon

Pine Mtn. off limits to bear hunters

While Letcher County is one of three Kentucky counties where black bear hunting will become legal later this year, the area where most bears have been sighted will remain off limits to hunters. The 6,000-acre Hensley- Pine Mountain Wildlife Management Area in Letcher County will be closed to all bear hunting and serves as a sanctuary for denning females, state […]

Pets need protection in cold weather


Greetings from Eolia and the Eolia Christian Community Outreach. If you have been trapped by what you said, ensnared by the words of your mouth, then do this, my son, to free yourself, since you have fallen into your neighbor’s hands: Go and humble yourself; press your plea with your neighbor. Proverbs 6:2,3 NIV As I sit here typing, the […]


Noah Ezra Anthony Watts was born Sept. 4 to Brandon Leo Ezra and Shannon Watts of Hamtramck, Mich. He is the grandson of Ronnie and Frances Watts of Warren, Mich., and Jack and Carol Brown of Detroit, Mich. His great-grandparents are Martha Watts of Garden City, Mich., formerly of Eolia; the late Ezra Watts of Hallie; and the late Leo […]

Feds fine Letcher mine $147,000

The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Adminstration has fined a Kentucky mining company $147,300 for a “flagrant violation” of mine safety rules. Agency spokeswoman Amy Louviere said C.S.A. Mining Inc. was cited in July for not properly installing roof supports in its No. 2 Mine in Letcher County. Louviere said the company was supposed to be us- ing 60-inch-long roof […]