County water board surrenders pipeline project to Jenkins

Gambling that it will eventually be given back more than 400 muchneeded customers it will be giving up at least temporarily, the financially troubled Letcher County Water and Sewer District has voted to let the City of Jenkins to take over a project to build water lines to serve residents of Payne Gap, Kona, and U.S. Highway 119. The decision […]

Rick Corbett honored by City of Jenkins

When Rick Corbett accepted the Outstanding Citizen Award at the Jenkins Homecoming Days Festival, many commented about his very humble and gracious acceptance speech. His quiet and even seemingly bashful demeanor leads one to wonder how he could ascend to a leadership role and chief of the Jenkins Fire Department. The answer became obvious as Rick was quick to praise […]

Miners’ electrical retraining offered

Hazard Community and Technical College will offer an annual electrical retraining class will be free of charge to underground and surface miners who have a current electrical card and needs annual retraining. This class meets all requirements of MSHA and the Office of Mine Safety and Licensing. It will be held on Saturday, Oct. 10 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 […]

Now here’s a tip

• Use dental floss to cut cheesecakes and crumbly cakes. Cut a piece long enough to cover the diameter of the cake (and then some). Lay it across your line to cut and firmly press down while pulling the ends away from each other. When you get to the bottom, pull out to one side for a perfectly finished cut. […]

Whooping cough isn’t just for kids

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am a construction worker, age 53, and have been healthy all my life. I caught what I though was an ordinary cough. It stayed and stayed, and it really disturbed my sleep. I would wake up many times through the night, coughing my lungs out. Finally I saw a doctor, who had me get an X-ray, […]


Emmys acknowledge TV’s tough times

LOS ANGELES A year after its least-watched telecast ever, the Emmy Awards plaintively acknowledged TV’s changing role in the Internet age, bringing a collective sense of reckoning to the revamped show with everything from scripted jokes about the decline of networks to unemployed stars openly jobseeking. And the gallows humor started from the top: Neil Patrick Harris opened Sunday’s ceremony […]


Chris Ingram, 11, Dawson Hall, 12, Michael Sexton, 13, Zach Sexton, 14, and Chase Cates, 13, talked while waiting for the Mountain Heritage Festival Skateboard Competition to begin at the Letcher County Skate Park in West Whitesburg on Sept. 19. More photos inside. (Photo by Sally Barto)

Students learn how to budget

College students should have a budget, and it’s not a bad idea for high school students either. A budget is nothing more than a tool for tracking the money you make compared with the money you spend. Most people would say a budget is a spending plan, but that doesn’t take into account your savings or future investments that may […]

Program on dyslexia set at Hindman

The Institute for Dyslexia Education in Appalachia will offer a one-day program dyslexia. “Prevention of Failure Institute: Children of Promise” will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 2, at Hindman Settlement School. Speakers will be Dr. Victoria Molfese and Dr. Dennis Molfese from the University of Louisville’s Interdisciplinary Center for Research on Early Childhood Issues and Initiatives. […]