Jenkins in the late 1920s

I was born on High Street in 1928 in a large house with a long boardwalk that ran from the front of the house up past the house to our outhouse. We had electricity, but we had to buy an icebox, which was filled every day except Sunday by the ice company that came by in a wagon, pulled by […]

Beshear wins county, state

Democrat candidates won the election in Letcher County Tuesday for every office but, mirroring almost exactly the choices of Kentucky voters statewide. With only 22 percent of Letcher County voters bothering to go to the polls, some of the results were closer than expected. But in the end, county voters gave the nod to the Democrats running for the offices […]

History made in Kentucky

Football history was made in Kentucky over the weekend. On Friday, the Paintsville kid with a singsong name worthy of Everly Brothers treatment, Joshua J. Jude of Johnson Central carried the ball 35 times for 441 yards, including six touchdowns. Jude has chiseled in stone his own record displacing Derek Homer’s 13-year mark, and is now Kentucky’s new all-time rushing […]

Square dance set for Nov.12

The Carcassonne square dance will be held from 8 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12. This will be the last dance of the year. Music will be by Lee Sexton and Friends and Erin Brokonougher- Stidham will be the caller. For more information, call 633-7958.

Moments and Memories of WHS

Part 1 Jack Taylor and his Whitesburg bands, 1953-55 and 1956-57 Dr. Hugh Adams and his Whitesburg High School music program covered almost 20 years and had a tremendous influence on music education in Letcher County. His concert bands were very accomplished and gave many students a broad music exposure. He also was the choral instructor at the school. Hugh Adams began […]

Two killed in single vehicle collision

Two Letcher County residents were killed Saturday in a single vehicle collision in Haymond. Jimmy Woods Jr., 19, of Burdine, lost control of the 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt he was operating and went off the east bound shoulder of KY 805 in Haymond around 12:46 p.m., Kentucky State Police said in a news release. Police said the car collided with a […]


Marchers oppose school closings

About 70 people marched down Main Street in Whitesburg earlier this week to protest the possible closure of two elementary schools. The march was in response to a rumored redistricting plan under which the Letcher County Board of Education would close the Arlie Boggs and Beckham Bates elementary schools. The board has neither announced the schools will be closed nor […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Crappie fishing is improving

The reports on crappie I have been getting are that fishing is getting better as the waters cool and the lakes stabilize at winter pool. The fishing action in Tennessee for crappie has been good so far this fall. The season starts in that state and slowly works it way to this area. Most of the Tennessee lakes such as […]

Tamala Sowards dies in Florida

Tamala Jill Sowards, 45, of Homosassa, Fla., died October 16 in Lecanto, Fla. Born in Michigan to Curtis Sowards of Beverly Hills, Fla., and the late Emma Jean Belcher Sowards, she had been a factory worker. Surviving in addition to her father are her stepmother, Judith Sowards; a brother, Michael Sowards and wife Brenda, Homosassa, Fla.; and her grandmother, Hazel […]