County workers keep 2% pay raise

Letcher County workers narrowly held onto a two percent raise in the coming year, thanks to a motion by Fifth District Magistrate Wayne Fleming. At the June meeting of the Letcher County Fiscal Court, the Fiscal Year 2011–2012 budget was presented to the court with the raise left out, but Fleming told his colleagues he had promised at a meeting […]


— Residents of Letcher Manor and their families enjoyed a Father’s Day cookout on Sunday. Gifts were given to the guests and residents, and the group recognized the oldest father, Bill Rose (left), and the youngest father, Bradley Jones (right).

Services held for Danny Stines

Danny Wayne Stines, 56, died June 18 at Letcher. A son of Lena Johnson Stines of McRoberts and the late Cecil Stines, he was a brother of the late Carl Cecil Stines, Jerry E. Stines, Joyce Faye Stines and Patsy M. Stines. He was a member of American Legion Post 104 of Neon. Surviving in addition to his mother are […]

Services held for Pauline Potter

Pauline Potter, 66, of Jackhorn, died June 9 at Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital. Born in Wheelwright to the late Clyde and Adell Stewart Branham, she was the mother of the late Gary Lee Potter and David Ray Potter, and a sister of the late Vernon Branham, Delano Branham, and Ray Branham. Surviving are her husband, Charles Lee Potter; a daughter, […]

Lelia Burton dies

Lelia J. Burton, age 68, of Michigan City, Ind., died June 16 at University of Chicago Medical Center. Born in Whitesburg to the late Abe and Elease Smedley Wampler, she was a sister of the late Tommy Wampler, Cecil Wampler, Curtis Wampler and Tony Wampler. Surviving are her husband, Edward Burton; three sons, Mark E. Burton and wife Vicky, and […]

Blackey Water Plant to shut down

The Board of Directors of the Letcher County Water and Sewer District has voted to de-activate the Blackey Water Plant as long as doing so doesn’t cause the county to lose any funding tied to the plant. The board took the measure at its June meeting at the suggestion of Water Superintendent Mark Lewis, who also recommended putting a permanent […]

Seniors enjoy prom

Last week was our prom at Boone Fork Center. Everyone looked so pretty in all their nice outfits. Anna Bell was our Queen, and Reed Stewart was our King. The music was great and some did enjoy dancing. Food was delicious. We recently had some visitors from Appalshop. They were real nice, and I hope they enjoyed being at our […]

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Film cameras, thank you notes among ‘high-touch’ comebacks

While fetching my digital camera from the repair shop, I noted a bunch of clunky old film cameras and their flashes lining a back table. I thought no one used film anymore. Wrong. The proprietor explained that a growing subset of young people like to work with old-fashioned film technology. Here are kids who computed by the time they crawled, […]

‘Whistle pig’ not so good, but squirrel was five-star

I used to stay all night with Uncle Stevie and Aunt Nan because they considered me one of their own and Uncle Stevie was one of my heroes and we both knew it. I doubt that any person alive or dead ever shot a .22 rifle as accurately as Uncle Stevie. They didn’t even let him enter the local shooting […]