Dixon named coordinator of local mining academy

Murrel Dixon, with nearly four decades of working in the coal industry, has been named coordinator for the Southeast Mining Academy. The academy — one of four located in Kentucky — is operated locally by Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College. A native of Blackey, Dixon assumed the leadership role recently following the retirement of Ed Wright. Dixon has been […]

Woman convicted of fraud

A 40-year-old Whitesburg woman has been convicted by a federal jury in Pikeville for illegally receiving financial aid for almost 15 years. After a day and a half trial which ended June 15, the jury convicted Beverly Eileen Banks on one count of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) fraud and another count of providing a false statement to the Social Security […]

The opportunity in Afghanistan

During the most difficult days of the Mondale-Ferraro campaign in 1984, someone printed up a button that said: “There are no problems. Only opportunities.” By that definition, President Obama has one heck of an opportunity right now with respect to the war in Afghanistan. There is no easy answer to what to do when the general running the war and […]

Opens 47th season

The Trail of the Lonesome Pine opens its 47th season this Friday, June 25, with the following pre-show entertainment: Kicking off this year’s show will be: Fri. June 25, Center Stage Cloggers, Coeburn, Va.; Sat., June 26, Tommy Short, Duffield, Va. The pre-show offers the area’s best local talent. Don’t miss this your opportunity to see the state’s longest-running outdoor […]

Historical Society marks 20th year

I hope everyone had a blessed week. This week the Letcher County Historical Society celebrated our 20th year with dinner and a cake. Members attending were: Peyton and Ann Reynolds, Benny and Janie Slone, Harry and Darlene Collins and daughter, Don and Beth Quillen, Wendell and Alicia Cook, Tereina and David Bledsoe, Marsha Banks, Zandra Perry, Donna Cornett, Jean Cook, […]

Blackey seniors are out and about

We thought we would report in, as it’s been awhile. We have done several things since the last report. We went to Camp Nathanael and had a good program and enjoyed it very much. Our site manager won a real nice painting, all of our center loved it. On our way back we stopped and bought green beans and produce. […]

Job funding available

FRANKFORT A federally funded program is providing jobs for nearly 10,000 disadvantaged youth and adults with children in Kentucky this summer. The program subsidizes the wages and benefits of eligible people who are hired through the program. The program is funded with almost $46 million from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program through economic recovery funding. People who are […]

How Obama changed right

WASHINGTON Barack Obama’s campaign promise of change did not include a pledge to transform American conservatism. But one of his presidency’s major legacies may be a revolution on the American right in which older, more secular forms of politics displace religious activism. The reaction to Obama has also radicalized parts of the conservative movement, giving life to conspiracy theories long […]