Down with prognosticators

Political sages turn today’s polling and past voter behavior into confident predictions about upcoming elections. That’s their job. But fortune-tellers may do nearly as well, especially when the vote takes place months in the future. Public sentiment can shift on a dime, and in any case, isn’t always properly measured. You know the saying about data and computers: “Garbage in, […]

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Regional center get three new traffic cameras

Letcher County residents who shop in the Tri-Cities area of Tennessee have long known of the speed traps they often incur while getting there. Now they can add traffic safety cameras in Johnson City to their list of things to watch out for. Johnson City police announced last week they are installing two new traffic safety cameras, bringing the total […]

Cowan center plans ‘Cultural Explosion’

Apple pie making, quilting and tacking, folk dance lessons, old-time mountain music, and painting are among the subjects to be covered at a Cultural Explosion at the Cowan Community Center on Friday, April 2. The event will begin at 5 p.m. and music will be provided by the Passing the Pick and Bow music students and faculty. Admission is $3 […]

Bill seeks disposal of carbon dioxide

FRANKFORT The Kentucky Senate has approved legislation that would extend eminent domain rights to pipeline companies that would dispose of carbon dioxide. The measure passed the Senate on a 30-8 vote March 26 and now returns to the House. Its chances there could be jeopardized because the Senate amended the bill to lift Kentucky’s ban on the construction of nuclear […]


To perform

Bluegrass Circle will perform at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 3, at the Country Cabin II in Norton, Va. The facility is located across Alternate Rte. 58 from the original Country Cabin, 1½ mile west of Norton. Admission for adults is $5, and $1 for children 2 through 11 years old. For more information, call (276) 679-3541.

Douglas Banks rites held

Funeral services for Douglas Wesley Banks, 72, of Whitesburg, were held March 30 at Letcher Funeral Home. Burial was in Wesley Banks Cemetery at Ice. A son of the late Wesley and Hester Banks, he died March 27 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. He was a member and former pastor of the G. Bennett Adams Old Regular Baptist Church, a […]

Truck hits, kills 2 tree trimmers

PIKEVILLE, Ky. Kentucky State Police have charged the driver of a truck that ran off a Pike County highway, striking and killing two tree-trimming company employees. The victims are 20-yearold Paul Williamson of Harold and 32-year-old Kevin D. Jones of Dorton. Police said a tractor-trailer truck driven by 44-yearold independent trucker Arthur Davis of Blackwood, S.C., struck the men beside […]

Legion to conduct elections

American Legion Douglas Day Post 152 will hold nomination of officers at 1 p.m., Sunday, April 11. The election of officers will take place at 1 p.m., Sunday, April 25. For more information, call (606) 335-2521.

Whitaker receives scholarship

Sydney Whitaker is the winner of the spring 2010 Meryl Brown Scholarship given by the Whitesburg Rotary Club. She is a daughter of Marion and Twila Whitaker of Cornettsville, and was graduated from Letcher County Central High School in 2006, where she was 11th in her class with a 4.04 grade point average. While in high school, she was named […]