Letcher board going ‘paperless’

The Letcher County Board of Education is going paperless at its monthly meetings — at least for now. The board said during its September meeting Monday night that it will experiment with using laptop computers and Apple iPad tablets to access agenda and other documents necessary during meetings. “I guess the question is do we want to go to the […]


— Miss Teen Mountain Heritage Savannah Baker, a student at Letcher County Central High School, and Miss Mountain Heritage Destin Kincer, a freshman at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, were all smiles during Saturday morning’s parade down Main Street. Also shown in the picture of Miss Kincer are her father, Stephen Kincer, and driver and car owner Paul L. […]

What a day for a parade!

The 2011 Mountain Heritage Festival Parade was held in downtown Whitesburg Saturday under a clear and sunny late September sky.

The story behind Rin Tin Tin

“Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend” (Simon & Schuster), by Susan Orlean: Lee Duncan’s great unrealized ambition was a movie based on his unlikely life with his canine pal Rin Tin Tin. He had to settle instead for the financial rewards that came from creating a cultural phenomenon. The ups and downs of Duncan’s life — and the […]

Wilco’s latest is welcome return to form of 2002

With a burst of distortion, Wilco delivers a sonic blast at the outset of “The Whole Love” that’s a sign of what is to come over the 12 songs that span the spectrum from plaintive ballad to all-out rockers. Diverse and yet cohesive, “The Whole Love” has more in common with 2002’s “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot” than the band’s previous two […]

Still at home 3,000 miles away

While thousands of fans were flocking to the Yum Center in Louisville to see Katy Perry, Irish natives The Script were a mere one-hour car ride away at Cincinnati’s PNC Pavilion preparing to rock an equally enthusiastic crowd. Though the odds of The Script having a packed house were slim, on this night they had the luck of the Irish […]

Coming events

LETCHER COUNTY ROCK, POP, BLUES RAP, CHRISTIAN THICK AS BLOOD with LEGEND; Wed., Sept. 28 in Whitesburg at Letcher County Tourism Building at 7 p.m. DOWN RIVER (featuring Brian Campbell, Jason Smith, Joey Caudill and Gary Fugate); Sat., Oct. 1 at Summit City. NO BRAGGING RIGHT with THIS WORLD WILL FALL; Fri., Oct. 7 in Whitesburg at Letcher County Tourism […]

Misuse of bug spray brings illness, death

ATLANTA Bedbugs don’t make you sick. But the poisons used to kill them can. A new government study found that dozens of Americans have fallen ill from the insecticides, and a North Carolina woman died after using 18 cans of chemical fogger to attack the tiny blood suckers. Because many of the cases, including the lone death, were do-it-yourselfers who […]

Gifts of baby formula draw fire

CHICAGO Jessica Ewald brought more than a new baby boy home when she gave birth earlier this year. Like many new moms, she got a hospital goody bag, with supplies including free infant formula and formula coupons. “ We gave it away the moment we came home because I said I’m not having that in our house,” Ewald said. Ewald, […]