Jury finds ex-referee guilty on drug charge

A state championship basketball referee could receive between five and 20 years in prison after a jury has convicted him of drug trafficking. After deliberating for two hours and 58 minutes on May 15, a Letcher Circuit Court jury found Tommy Hutton, 61, guilty of two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. A tampering with physical evidence charge […]

Salome’s Stars

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You might have to turn your Arian charm up a few degrees if you hope to persuade that persistent pessimist to see the possibilities in your project. Whatever you do, don’t give up. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) A “tip” about a co-worker’s “betrayal” might well raise the Bovine’s rage levels. But before […]

Services held for Edith Mae Dorton

Funeral services for Edith Mae ‘Granny’ Stidham Dorton, 75, of Thornton, were held May 14 at New Beginnings Assembly of God. Burial was in Green Acres Cemetery at Ermine. She died May 11 at the Greg and Noreen Wells Hospice Care Center in Hazard. A daughter of the late Corbit and Sarah Lowe Stidham, she was the widow of Fess […]


The 15th annual Adams memorial service planned

The 15th annual John Calhoun Adams memorial service at Blair Branch will be held at the Williams Adams Cemetery in Stillhouse Branch. The memorial service will be Saturday, May 26, at 6 p.m., and Pastor Ellis Adams will have charge. In case of rain, the service will be held at the Blair Branch Church. Those attending should bring lawn chairs. […]

Low natural gas prices to continue to hurt coal

Historically low natural gas prices will continue to bring serious harm to a large segment of the coal industry here and elsewhere in Appalachia for at least two more years. That’s the opinion of financial data provider Morningstar Inc., which warned investors this week that two large coal firms with operations in Letcher County — Arch Coal Inc. and Alpha […]


RECAPS –5/14-5/18 THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL . Rick was perplexed about why Caroline was avoiding him so he asked Hope to find out the truth for him. Stephanie warned Brooke that Hope and Liam’s marriage might not be happening too soon. Brooke confronted Liam about ripping up the annulment papers. Hope learned that Caroline thought Rick might be gay. […]

Rites held for Eunice Hall

Eunice Hall, 90, of Premium, died May 12 at the Greg and Noreen Wells Hospice Care Center in Hazard. A daughter of the late Harrison and Matilda Reynolds Combs, she was the widow of Bruce Adams. She was the mother of the late Truman Adams, Sonny Adams and Guy Stewart, and a sister of the late Smith Combs, Harry Combs, […]

Merlis Adkins dies at 64

Funeral services for Merlis V. Adkins, 64, will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday) at the Missionary Baptist Church in Jeremiah. Burial will be in the Adkins family cemetery at Isom. Born in Isom to the late George and Helen Adkins, he died May 15 at his home at Nancy. He was a brother of the late Jean Hoey, […]

Mountain Music School planned for June 24-29

The 11th annual Cowan Creek Mountain Music School will be held June 24-29. Traditional musicians Lee Sexton, Lewis and Donna Lamb, and Jackie Helton will perform. In addition to classroom instruction, workshops will include flatfoot dancing, singing at the Big Cowan Old Regular Baptist Church, Addie Graham’s ballads taught by Rich Kirby, square dance calling, and mountain dulcimer. Each evening […]