In Norton

Appalachian Strings will perform at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Country Cabin II in Norton, Va. The facility is located across Alternate Rte. 58 from the original Country Cabin, 1½ mile west of Norton. Admission for adults is $5, and $1 for children 2 through 11 years old. For more information, call (276) 679-3541.

Three-year study looks for answers to high lung cancer rate in E. Kentucky

The University of Kentucky’s Dr. Susanne Arnold and colleagues have been awarded a $1.4 million grant by the U.S. Department of Defense to study potential environmental reasons for the high lung cancer rates in eastern Kentucky. The study, which will last for three years, is now underway. Kentucky has the highest lung cancer rates in the nation, but counties in […]

Baby born on Thanksgiving Day

Sorry that I haven’t written in a couple of weeks. I just couldn’t seem to get around to it, so some of this is from a few weeks ago. Bob, Kenny Joe and Hunter Banks, Don and Coreen Pridemore and myself all had Thanksgiving dinner in Lexington at Andy and Jessie Banks Scott’s home. Andy did the cooking, and Mom […]

Turkeys weren’t for eating

I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving with a well-loaded table and stomach. I hope everyone took a moment to reflect on all that they had to be thankful for and to remember those less fortunate, especially all the little children. Our Thanksgiving advertisements depict a big, plump turkey all dressed out and ready to be carved. I wonder if […]

Letcher school board to act on school recommendations

The Letcher County Board of Education is expected to make a decision next week on the question of whether the board should change the structure of its elementary and middle schools to help cut operating costs. At its November meeting, the board was presented with a packet of questions, concerns and minutes of meetings held so far from the seven […]

Hotel, fountain among Craft’s hopes for town

Refurbishing the old Daniel Boone Hotel and building a downtown fountain should be the City of Whitesburg’s top two priorities for attracting tourism, Mayor James W. Craft said this week. Responding to a question from Letcher County Tourism Commission Director Dr. David Narramore, said he believes remodeling the historic downtown hotel and building a fountain should be the city’s top […]

New Letcher weather station is up

The Kentucky Mesonet has added a strategic weather and climate monitoring site in Letcher County to its network of automated weather stations and will soon add a similar site in Harlan County. The Kentucky Mesonet’s 6oth station was installed last month in Whitesburg and the Kentucky Climate Center at Western Kentucky University has reached an agreement to install a Mesonet […]

Frances Whitaker honored

The Kentucky Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (KEAFCS) of which the Letcher County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences is a member, recently presented Frances Whitaker a Friends of KEAFCS Award at its state meeting in Lexington. Whitaker has been a longtime Extension friend and supporter, joining Extension Homemakers in 1965. As she moved about with her […]

Services held for Ronnie Rogers

Funeral services for Ronnie Eugene Rogers, 53, formerly of Blackey, were held December 9 at Mt. Olivet Old Regular Baptist Church. Burial was in Pearl Dixon Cemetery at Blackey. A son of Nannie Mae Eldridge Rogers of Blackey and the late Ed Vernon Rogers, he died December 6 at his home at Radcliff. Surviving in addition to his mother are […]

Virginia bank robber may be in Letcher Co.

Police say a man who robbed a Virginia bank at gunpoint could be in hiding in Letcher County. Wise County Sheriff R.D. Oakes said Ronald David Green, 47, of C&C Trailer Park in Wise, Va., entered New People’s Bank in Norton, Va., at 5:55 p.m. on Dec. 9 wearing a blue surgical mask, sunglasses, a hooded sweatshirt and dark clothing. […]