Sickness taking its toll on school attendance rate

A rash of viruses and flu-like illnesses are still having a big impact on the attendance rate in the the Letcher County School District. “We are concerned about our attendance,” Supt. Anna Craft told the Letcher County Board of Education at its September meeting Monday. “We’ve got a lot of sick people in Letcher County.” The district attendance rate for […]

RAM volunteers treat 599

More than $111,000 worth of free health care was provided to 599 people who came to a two-day clinic in Jenkins. “I thought it was a huge success,” said Hettie Adams, coordinator for the Letcher County RAM event. “I just wish more people would have taken advantage of the free health care. I would like to have seen 1,000 come […]

Police say man was shot after refusing to drop gun

Funeral services will be held in Neon today (Wednesday) for a 58- year-old Letcher County man who was shot and killed after he pointed a gun at a Kentucky State Police trooper. Police say Terry Wayne Taulbee, of Jackhorn, was shot by KSP Trooper Ben McCray, a 15-year veteran officer, after Taulbee displayed a gun, approached McCray and refused to […]

A day for dedications

Many positive changes have taken place in downtown Whitesburg during 2009, and many of those responsible for making things better chose the Whitesburg Day portion of the annual Mountain Heritage Festival to publicly acknowledge some of what has taken place. A new health building, a new pedestrian bridge, and additions to the public library and community college were among the […]

It rained on their parade

Many of the business, school, and civic organizations which had planned to participate in the 2009 Mountain Heritage Festival Parade didn’t let Saturday’s heavy rains keep them at home. While the crowd of onlookers in Whitesburg was smaller than usual, they were appreciative of what they saw and the effort it took to make sure the show went on.

Two charged after drug investigation

Police have charged two Letcher County residents with trafficking in prescription narcotics. Johnny Brown, 55, of 170 Delta Drive, Partridge, was arrested and charged with three counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (oxycodone). Helen York, 47, of Highway 931 South, Whitesburg, was arrested and charged with one count of second-degree traffick- ing in a controlled substance (hydrocodone). The […]

Two inmates released

The Kentucky Department of Corrections announced the release from prison this week of a 37-year-old Letcher County man being held on sex-related charges. Clabe Edward Tackett of Deane is scheduled to be released from prison on Oct. 1. Tackett has been serving a fiveyear sentence since May 23, 2007, when he was convicted on charges of using a minor under […]

Jenkins board talks about testing results

The Jenkins Independent Board of Education received a measured dose of good news concerning student test scores at its September meeting this week. Jenkins Middle High School Principal Lisa Carroll told the board that scores were up by 100 percent in every area of testing required under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. However, she also cautioned that while […]

Meeting postponed

The Letcher County group, which meets at Ryan’s Steakhouse in Louisville, has cancelled its October meeting. The group plans to meet in April and hopes Evelyn Shepherd will be able to come.

Valerie Phillips receives award

Valerie Phillips, owner and chief executive officer of The Phillips Co. in Columbus, Ohio, has received the Small Business of the Year Award from Black Enterprise magazine. The Phillips Co., which she bought for $380,000 in 2006 from her father, Sam Phillips, is an assembly and warehousing company. After she acquired Maximum Spindle Utilization Inc., the company’s revenues increased from […]