FDA says Zicam nasal spray can cause loss of smell

WASHINGTON Consumers should stop using Zicam Cold Remedy nasal gel and related products because they can permanently damage the sense of smell, federal health regulators said this week. The over-the-counter products contain zinc, an ingredient scientists say may damage nerves in the nose needed for smell. The other products affected by the Food and Drug Administration’s announcement are adult and […]

Letcher teens to watch live surgery

Teenagers from Letcher County middle schools and high schools have the chance to watch a live surgery being performed at the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital. At 8 a.m. Thursday (June 18) at the Southeast Community and Technical College in Whitesburg, students attending summer health careers camps will view the surgery using telemedicine technology. The Letcher County Summer […]


Eight students from eastern Kentucky, including six from Letcher County, have received scholarships from Alpha National Resources Inc.


RECAPS - 6/15-19

ALL MY CHILDREN — Tad vehemently objected to Liza’s plan to fake a pregnancy and keep David from knowing about his child. Amanda was upset when she had to give up the baby. Jake assured Liza that the plan worked. Krystal rescued a distraught David, but wound up in the hospital after a car crash. Frankie allowed Randi to feed […]

Myrtle Blair celebrates 90th birthday


Just a few items this week since I’m a little bit lazy. There will be a benefit singing at the Blackey Missionary Baptist Church on June 27. It will begin at 7:00 that evening and the group Free Indeed will be the singers. All proceeds will benefit a cancer patient and after the singing refreshments will be served. The Hendricks […]

July Jam returns to Pikeville

July Jam returns to the Pikeville City Park on July 24-25, for a free concert featuring Flicker Records recording artist FireFlight. FireFlight, a 2009 Dove Award nominee for artist of the year, will headline July Jam on July 25. They are currently touring to support their album “Unbreakable,” which has produced two top-10 hits on the Christian music charts. Joining […]

Maggard is new coach at Jenkins High School

The new Jenkins High School football coach says he is ready to rebuild the school’s football program. Larry Maggard, who has been an assistant coach at Letcher County Central High School for the past four years, knows equipment must be replaced, new uniforms are needed and the locker room is “in really, really bad shape.” “It’s a huge undertaking,” said […]

City water bills raising for those who use most

The cost of water is going up for most homes and businesses which get their water from the City of Whitesburg. Monthly increases expected to be approved by the Whitesburg City Council will not affect customers who use 5,000 gallons or less a month and live inside the city limits, but will affect customers who live outside the city. The […]

Just baby steps on mining reform

Listening to Obama administration officials struggle to explain how their new “interagency action plan” is going to reduce the coal industry’s harm to Appalachia’s environment, we were reminded that the U.S. Office of Surface Mining is still without a director. And it shows. The administration is taking some commendable baby steps toward restoring the rule of environmental law in the […]

Moments and Memories at WHS

The whole community and especially the school children were shocked on Thursday morning when one of the high school students found the body of Steve Matrick, the school janitor, who had a room in the basement of the high school, hanging by a cord made of electrical wires twisted together. Steve had been working for the school for eight years […]