City adopts tough law on vandalism

The Whitesburg City Council has voted unanimously to give final approval to a new ordinance prohibiting the use of motorized vehicles on the city walking trail that leads from downtown to West Whitesburg. The ordinance, approved July 31, prohibits all motorized vehicles from the paved trail with the exception of city maintenance vehicles, emergency vehicles, and motorized wheelchairs. Other vehicles […]

Social Security holds fourth hearing on early-onset Alzheimer’s disease

Social Security held the agency’s fourth public hearing on compassionate allowances for early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Commissioner of Social Security Michael J. Astrue was joined by Marie A. Bernard, M.D., deputy director of the National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health, and other Social Security officials. Testimony was heard from some of the nation’s leading experts on early-onset Alzheimer’s disease […]

Association to meet

The annual session of the Thornton Union Association of Old Regular Baptists of Jesus Christ will convene at the Thornton Church at Mayking on Friday, August 14, and continue the two following days. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. each day. Dinner will be served all three days.

Strange But True

• It was American humorist, writer and television host Sam Levenson who related the following remembrance: “It was on my fifth birthday that Papa put his hand on my shoulder and said, ‘Remember, my son, if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm.’” • The Associated Press recently reported on a kind […]


ONE YEAR OLD — Sebastian Jay Caudill celebrated his first birthday July 30. His parents are Georgia Wells and Neil Caudill of Cowan. He is the grandson of Mary Hamilton of Mayking, Johnny Wells of Campbranch, and Brenda and Don Caudill of Cowan.

Schools will soon be in session


August is here, and soon the schools will be back in session. It seems we haven’t had much summery weather this year. Recently, Alan and Reva Adams and some of their family went to Gatlinburg for a few days. I think Kristi and Dillon, Daniel and Kayla Adams were the ones who also went. Reva said they all enjoyed the […]

Services held for Ava Jean Baker

Funeral services for Ava Jean Baker, 76, were held August 1 at the Church of Christ at Jackhorn. Burial was in the Baker family cemetery at Millstone. A daughter of the late Sam and Flora Quillen Hall, she was born at Deane. She died July 29 at her home at Neon. Mrs. Baker was a member of the Jackhorn Church […]

Children meet Miss Kentucky

MEETING MISS KENTUCKY — Patrick Stewart, 6, of Whitesburg ate an apple while Miss Kentucky Mallory Ervin signed an autograph for him during the Letcher County Kids Day Back-to-School Bash at River Park in Whitesburg last week. Rain and mud did little to dampen the enthusiasm of those attending the event. (Photo by Sally Barto) Newly-crowned Miss Kentucky signed autographs […]

4-H yard sale set for Aug. 6-7

The Letcher County Extension Office will take donations of yard sale items this week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. On Thursday and Friday of this week, there will be a yard sale at the County Extension Office. All money raised will benefit young people to attend the Kentucky State Fair and 4-H Camp.

ATV ride planned August 15

An all-terrain vehicle ride will be held at the Gordon Fire Department on Saturday, August 15. Registration is at 9 a.m. and the ride begins at 10 a.m. The cost is $10 for drivers and $5 for extra riders, with a limit of two people per ATV. Riders under 14 years old must have an adult accompany them on the […]