Couple convicted of sexually abusing girl, 7

A Letcher Circuit Court jury found a Deane couple guilty of sexually abusing a seven-year-old girl after a three-day trial last week. Carroll Paul Jackson, 30, of 60 Candle Drive, Deane, was convicted of first-degree sexual abuse. Susan Jackson, 28, was found guilty of tampering with a witness after she tried to persuade the child to withhold testimony or falsely […]

Appalachian writers to gather at Hindman

The 32nd anual Appalachian Writers Workshop will be held July 26-31 at Hindman Settlement School. The Knott County institution has attracted writers since its earliest days. In 1905, Ann Cobb arrived to teach and published a number of sketches and dialect poems. Lucy Furman, an accomplished writer before coming to Hindman, published five novels about her years as housemother to […]

Strange But True

• It was American paleontologist, biologist and scientific historian Stephen Jay Gould who made the following observation: “The most important scientific revolutions all include, as their only common feature, the dethronement of human arrogance from one pedestal after another of previous convictions about our centrality in the cosmos.” • Those who study such things claim that spectators at horse races […]

Menopause shouldn’t kill woman’s sex drive

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My wife has been going through menopause for the past eight years. We have not been intimate through these years. When I bring up the subject of intimacy, she quickly states that she doesn’t want to talk about it. She won’t even hug me. My wife is only 53 years old. It seems like she will be […]


Carl and Lisa Perry of Speedwell, Tenn., formerly of Ermine and Colson, and grandparents Lorraine Perry, Ann and Finis Marable of Speedwell, Tenn., and Aubrey Nichols of Mooresburg, Tenn., announce the forthcoming marriage of their son, Scott Daniel Perry, to Rachel Elizabeth Taddia, daughter of Donald and Cheryl Taddia of Germantown, Tenn. He is also the grandson of the late […]

Funeral services set for Eileen Banks

Whitesburg native, Eileen Bentley Banks, 84, died July 19 at the Hospice Care Center in Lexington. A daughter of the late James and Regina Brown, she was the widow of Burnis Banks. She was retired from the Fayette County School System and was a teacher in the Clays Mill Elementary School. She was a member of the Daughters of the […]

Sides dispute what happened in arrest

A 37-year-old Letcher County man was charged with evading police, resisting arrest and criminal mischief after his July 18 arrest in connection with felony indictments returned against him nearly a year ago. Chad Cupps, of Jeremiah, is being held without bond in the Letcher County Jail. Police say he ran from them when they attempted to arrest him on theft-related […]


Eighteen-year-old Brandon Gibson of Big Cowan, (front, right) is a graduate of Master Logger training and Letcher County Central High School. He competed for the first time July 11 in the Southern Appalachian Logger’s Competition in Kingsport, Tenn., where he won first place out of 12 finalists including his father. He was the youngest competitor. He is the son of […]

Court establishes county police force to patrol lake, parks

Vandals and thugs who destroy public property in Letcher County may see their days numbered after the Letcher County Fiscal Court voted Monday to establish a special law enforcement agency to deal with vandalism and other illegal activity at Letcher County parks and county trails. Letcher County Judge/Executive Jim Ward said court members are fed up with vandalism and the […]

Swine flu deaths rise to 263

ATLANTA Health officials say their count of U.S. swine flu cases has surpassed 40,000, and deaths have risen to 263. Hospitalizations from swine flu total about 4,800. The numbers, released July 17, are up from 37,000 confirmed and probable cases and 211 reported the week before. Those are lab-confirmed and probable infections. CDC officials believe those cases are just the […]