Carcassonne area residents demand better water

Carcassonne area residents attended two public meetings in less than a week to voice complaints about their lack of access to treated water. The residents addressed the Board of Directors of the Letcher County Water and Sewer District last Thursday, and members of the Letcher Fiscal Court earlier this week. Susan Jent told the Water and Sewer District board that […]


Polly Combs dies in Louisville

Polly Jean Hogg Combs, 83, of Louisville, died February 14, at Friendship Manor. The widow of Arthur W. Combs, she was retired from teaching at the Broward County Public School System in Florida. She is survived by two daughters, Dr. Anna Smythe and Melody Minogue and husband Michael; a sister, Nancy Hogg; and four grandchildren, Emily, Joshua and William Minogue, […]

Daralene Caudill buried at Isom

Daralene Adkins Caudill, of Isom, died February 16 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. She was 66 years old. Born in Isom, she was a daughter of the late George and Helen Tackett Adkins and a sister of the late Billy Gene Adkins, Basil Duel Adkins and George Jean Hoey. She attended Seco Freewill Baptist Church. Surviving are her husband, Billy […]

Man charged with making methamphetamine at home

Police say a 29-year-old Whitesburg man was arrested after he was caught making methamphetamine at his home. Geoffrey R. Rife, of 26 Rose Road, who is a McDonald’s employee, was arrested Feb. 16 and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and unlawful possession of meth precursor. Lt. Brian Damron of the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department said the sheriff ’s department had […]

My baby brother

Roger Vanover was born in Camden. After I was assigned to manage the printing department at Sampson Air Base, N.Y., in 1950, I would take him to stay with me on his school break. I would take him to my print shop and show him what we were doing for the war effort in Korea. He loved being with his […]

Car Talk

Do added-traction devices work?

Dear Tom and Ray: Do those clamp-on or strap-on devices that go on your tires help with winter driving traction? Or do they just clamp on my wallet? — James TOM: Sure, they can help. There are several different types of devices that can be used as temporary traction aids. RAY: Consumer Reports tested a few of them, and the […]

Disaster remembered

Appalshop will host a community film screening of its award-winning films “The Buffalo Creek Flood: An Act of Man” and “Buffalo Creek Revisited” in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Buffalo Creek Disaster, a coal waste flood that killed 125 people in Logan County, W.Va., on Feb. 26, 1972. The screening will be at the Appalshop Theater in Whitesburg […]

Whitesburg council told of settlement

The Whitesburg City Council learned this week that the city has settled a lawsuit filed by Donald Niece of Thornton over property on Kansas Avenue on Tunnel Hill. Mayor James Wiley Craft told the council at its February meeting that attorneys for Niece and the city reached a compromise that gives Niece some property on the left side of Kansas […]

Rites held for Guy Stewart, 52

Guy Stewart, 52, of Cowan, died February 14 at the Greg and Noreen Wells Hospice Center in Hazard. A son of Eunice C. Combs Hall of Premium and the late Johnny Stewart, he was a brother of the late Sonny Adams and Truman Adams. Surviving in addition to his mother are his wife, Lorraine Stewart ; two daughters, Amanda Bowling […]