Students, parents tell board schools should stay open

Parents and students crowded into the Letcher County Board of Education’s meeting room Monday night to ask the board to keep the Arlie Boggs and Beckham Bates elementary schools open. Seats quickly filled in the Lendell Smith Memorial Conference Room of the Letcher County School Bus Garage on Monday night, and people stood at each of the three entranceways making […]

Owen’s Turkey

Rites held for Margaret Caudill

Margaret Caudill, 73, died October 22 at her home at Jeremiah. A daughter of the late Lloyd and Sallie Adams Back, she was the widow of Mitchell Caudill. She was the mother of the late John Mark Caudill and Greg Caudill. Surviving are three sons, Jeff Caudill, Terry Caudill and Todd Caudill, all of Jeremiah; four daughters, Carrie Caudill, Thelmarie […]

Reunion planned

The Letcher High School Class of 1971 will hold a 40-year reunion on Oct. 29 at the Alumni Building at Calvary College. The reunion will begin at 5 p.m. and will include dinner. The cost is $20 per person, $35 per couple. RSVP and money are due by Oct. 14 to Vicki Blair, 257 Darrell Road, Premium, Ky. 41845, (606) […]


Grand jury: Two stole road beams

A Letcher County Grand Jury has accused two men of taking steel retaining beams from a road near Elk Creek. Joshua Wayne Maggard, 28, of 263 Deep Hollow Road, Blackey, and Joshua Mullins, 19, of 1989 Highway 7 South, Jeremiah, are both charged with complicity to theft by unlawful taking and complicity to first-degree criminal mischief. The grand jury says […]

McConnell argues for unemployment

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) last week kept his caucus united and killed a popular jobs bill during a jobs crisis. The plan — 400,000 jobs for teachers, police officers, and firefighters, paid for with a 0.5% surtax on millionaires and billionaires — was wildly popular with the public, but McConnell and his Senate Republicans killed it anyway. Sunday […]

Once again, it’s all about Ohio

Last week, I was in Jamestown, N.Y., to give a talk to a library room full of the kindest and feistiest people you ever would want to meet. For a half-hour or so, I told stories that had virtually nothing to do with Ohio. Then we opened the floor, and the very first question had everything to do with my […]

Jenkins High looks for 4th principal since ’08

The Jenkins Independent School System is left looking for a new principal for its middle-high school after the sudden departure of former principal Lisa Barker. Superintendent Deborah Watts announced at the October meeting of the Jenkins Board of Education that a vacancy does exist for a K-12 principal at Jenkins Middle High and said she expects to fill the position […]

Jenkins scores listed

The Kentucky Department of Education’s No Child Left Behind Adequate Yearly Progress Report lists the Jenkins Independent Schools System as having met seven of 10 Target Goals. The scores for the Elementary Schools follow along with scores from 2010 testing are as follows: Reading: 2010 – Proficient and Distinguished – 50 percent, Novice – 15 percent Reading: 2011 – Proficient […]