Ex-circuit judge accused of theft

A former Letcher Circuit judge who was at the center of a public corruption scandal here more than 16 years ago is facing new criminal charges. Larry D. Collins, who became the first sitting circuit judge to be indicted in Kentucky when he was charged with accepting bribes in 1992, was arrested in Lexington recently after being charged with making […]

It’s always summer

This is a big, wide, wonderful world we live on and it is always summer somewhere. Now that might not sound very profound but it is when you consider that no matter what time of the year it is where you live, whether the snow is flying or the frost is heavy, or the sunshine is burning your skin a […]

Ceremony will honor writer Gurney Norman

A writer with strong connections to Letcher County will be inducted this week as Kentucky Poet Laureate for the 2009-2010 term. Gurney Norman, who attended the Stuart Robinson School near Blackey, will be formally inducted at a public ceremony and reception in Frankfort on Friday (April 24) in the Capitol Rotunda. Norman’s first novel, “Divine Right’s Trip” was originally published […]


Herb festival set

The 17th annual Kentucky Herb Festival will take place May 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lakeview Park in the Franklin County Fairgrounds in Frankfort. There is no charge to attend the festival but there is a $3 parking free. The event will include live music, vendors selling herbal crafts, foods, plants, and products and a Kentucky herbal […]

Bike ride set

The Run for the Son, a 100-mile ride and bike show, will be held May 2. The 2nd Birth Riders of the Christian Motorcyclists Association will host the event, which will begin at the parking lot beside Dairy Queen in Whitesburg. Registration will be at 10 a.m. and bike judging at 11:30 a.m. The ride will begin at 1 p.m. […]

Golf scramble set

The Kentucky Riverkeeper will host its sixth annual golf scramble at noon on May 7. The event will be held at Arlington Golf Course in Richmond and all proceeds will benefit the Kentucky Riverkeeper, a non-profit organization which promotes responsible stewardship of the Kentucky River. Registration fee for an individual is $50 and for a team is $200. The fee […]


A female mallard waited patiently while her brood of 12 ducklings tried to negotiate a steep curb on a sidewalk in downtown Whitesburg last week.

Memories of visiting Granny and Granddad

Once again my thoughts are on a time of distant memories. For some people like myself, it is a time of long ago, but for some folks it hasn’t really been too distant. Remember all the times you went to spend the night or a weekend with Granny and Granddad and what a time you had while there. The first […]

Meet the artists April 24 at Harry M. Caudill Library

“The Former Students of Father Randall Art Exhibit”, hosted by the Harry M. Caudill Memorial Library, is drawing rave reviews from all observers. “I didn’t know we had so many talented artist here in Letcher County,” said Whitesburg Mayor James Wiley Craft. “Who would have thought that our little town of Whitesburg would have become the cultural center of eastern […]