Some employees keep school jobs

Some employees who were given pink slips in the spring have been rehired to work in the Letcher County Public School System. “We recalled quite a few people,” said Anna Craft, superintendent of Letcher County Public Schools, during Monday night’s Board of Education meeting. “We had some funding on some of our grants and were able to hire some back.” […]

Miller rites held

Funeral services for Lenox Miller, 71 were held June 24 in Clay City. Burial was in Combs Cemetery at Clay City. He died June 21 at his home in Winchester. Born in Perry County to the late Cornwallace and Canzalia Combs Miller, he was retired from the Laborers Union Local #189 after 42 years. Surviving are his wife, Mary Schmitz […]


Kelvin Lee Baker dies at 51

Kelvin Lee Baker, 51, died June 12 at his home at Little Colley. Born in Loraine, Mich., to the late Clayford and Dorothy Slone Baker, he was a brother of the late Katherine Marcum and Andrew Baker. Surviving are thee sisters, Gracie Orender and husband Tim McFall of Isom, Melissa Kilgore and husband Joe Pigman of Seco, and Linda Collins […]


Are you looking for easy, inexpensive, and fun exercise as part of your weight loss regimen? Walking outdoors is probably one of the most enjoyable and simple physical activities you can do. In fact, walking is the most popular physical activity in the country among adults. Not sure if walking will actually help you lose weight? Results from the Diabetes […]


10 years of teaching how to play mountain music

When Beverly May traveled to Ireland more than a decade ago to learn how to play fiddle, she observed older musicians teaching children there how to play music and wanted to apply a similar concept in Letcher County. After Cowan Community Center had hosted a series of successful day camps, organizers decided to have a camp centered around mountain music. […]

Like it or not, Bachmann no flake

It pains me to have to point this out, but Michele Bachmann is not a flake. Politically, the conservative congresswoman and I could not be more different. To me, she’s the anticandidate — anti-choice, anti-gay marriage, anti-truth. Her willful dishonesty on a wide range of issues is breathtaking. She also sometimes comes across as not particularly learned. Earlier this year, […]

Don’t forget your seatbelt

The Fourth of July weekend is here once again. For many it will be compared to a family reunion because many people come from faraway places to celebrate our freedom with family members, as well as non-family. For many it will not be a time to celebrate because of deaths, sickness, injuries and many other things. A lot of these […]

Being principled driver may hurt Tony Stewart


It’s probably not the best time for Tony Stewart to assume the role of NASCAR’s traffic cop. The two-time champion continued his slide in the Sprint Cup Series standings Sunday at Infineon Raceway, where a 39thplace finish dropped him to 12th in points. It was an unacceptable outcome for Stewart, who had a car capable of contending for the win […]