Severance fund cuts worry local officials

In a meeting that was notable for its brevity, the Letcher County Fiscal Court received a request from Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital for an additional $100,000 in coal severance funding for construction costs in a facilities renovation. However, County Judge/Executive Jim Ward told ARH Administrator Dena Sparkman that the very funds she sought were in danger of being taken to […]

Gift boxes will go overseas

Some volunteers are busy carefully carrying tall stacks of gift-filled shoeboxes covered in bright, cheery wrapping paper from trunks of vehicles to a large room at the First Baptist Church in Whitesburg. Other volunteers are quickly looking through the rectangular boxes before they are packed in large brown boxes and placed on a 53-foot-tractor trailer truck parked near the church. […]

10 more file to run

filed to run for county offices in the May Primary Election. District Two Magistrate Archie Banks, District One Magistrate Bobby Lewis, Property Valuation Administrator Randy Hall and County Surveyor Richard Hall have all filed for reelection. Others who officially became candidates during the last week include Charles Hall, who is seeking the office of magistrate in District One, and Jack […]

Man held in Jenkins robbery

Friday and charged with demanding money from a Jenkins store less than 10 minutes after the crime was reported to police. Jenkins Police Officer Jim Stephens said he was notified at 12:20 p.m. on Nov. 13 that money was taken from Family Dollar Store, located at 9342 Highway 805, by a man armed with a utility knife. Store employees described […]

South Carolina volunteers work on Letcher school

A dozen volunteers from a church in South Carolina spent Saturday cleaning and painting a hallway at Letcher Elementary School as a way to show that people in other states care about people in eastern Kentucky. “We just wanted to help,” said Danny Ballard, a volunteer from Southside Baptist Church in Spartanburg, S.C. “It shows the people in this area […]

Christmas Parade set

Jenkins Homecoming Days Festival committee will host the annual Jenkins Christmas Parade and Santa in the Park on Saturday, Dec. 5. The parade will begin at 6 p.m. in front of the Jenkins Methodist Church on Main Street. Participants should be arriving for the parade line-up at 5 p.m. Floats will park across the street from the old Jenkins School. […]


AARP to meet

The Letcher County AARP Chapter will meet on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 6 p.m., at the Blackey Senior Citizens Center. Turkey and dressing will be provided; those attending should bring sides, deserts for potluck, and canned food for the Food Pantry. Entertainment will be provided by local talent. For more information, call Berma Matthews at 633-7874.

Grant proposal workshops set

United for Substance Abuse Prevention will offer two free grant proposal writing workshops Nov. 23 and 24 at the Harry M. Caudill Memorial Library in Whitesburg. The two-hour workshops will teach participants to use the Foundation Directory Online to search for grants. The classes are intended for representatives of non-profit or government agencies who want to apply for grants for […]

Shooting match

A shooting match will be held every Saturday beginning at noon, Nov. 21, at Skyview Recreation Area in Haymond. No fixed guns allowed. Proceeds will benefit the development of Skyview Park. For more information, call Randy Hall at 634-7003.