County lists preferences for severance funding

The Letcher County Fiscal Court this week adopted the following “Coal Severance Project Priority List” for the 2013-14 fiscal year, which begins next July 1. The recommendations may be changed by the Kentucky General Assembly. 1. Project B499, $150,000 (2013) for the Deane Water Project, Mill Creek Section. 2. Project B466, $50,000 (each year) City of Fleming Neon operations, improvements, […]

All sewn up

To the Editor: The opening ceremony of the Olympic Games is designed to be a cultural pageant in which each nation proudly displays its athletes wearing outfits which symbolize various aspects of national history and character. When it comes to the American contingent, the symbolism could not possibly be any more telling. Ralph Lauren, the iconic U.S. clothing company, carefully […]

A roadmap to The Chase

This weekend is the last open date on the Sprint Cup schedule before the season concludes with 17 consecutive weekends of racing. Looking at the remaining schedule, it is easy to see that the next seven races will set the table on which drivers will get the opportunity to run for the title with the start of the final stretch […]

Ex-teacher, coach is charged

A former teacher and football coach has been accused of assaulting two of his siblings. Stephen H. Holbrook, 45, of 116 Morris Drive, Mayking, stabbed his sisters with a piece of glass on July 9, according to a police citation. Holbrook allegedly “put up a fight” while being arrested and had to be subdued with a Taser several times, according […]

Services held for Jeanette Wrenn

Jeanette K. Wrenn, 78, of Stanford, died July 7, in Richmond. Born in Millstone, she was the daughter of the late Roy L. and Ottie May Back Keel, and the widow of Floyd Wrenn Sr. She had been a cook at Fort Logan Hospital for 22 years and was a member of Calvary Hill Baptist Church in Stanford. Surviving are […]

Letcher grand jury charges six with having ‘bath salts’

Four Jenkins area residents and two from Pike County have been indicted in Letcher County under Kentucky’s new law banning possession of the stimulant drug known as “bath salts.” The six were arrested by Jenkins Police officers on April 29, about five weeks after a new state law banning the possession and sale of synthetic drugs was signed into law […]

Visiting family

Corina Bates and her daughter from Ohio visited her sister Evalee, who lives in Hazard, June 11 for four days and it was special because Betty had not seen her aunt and uncle for 42 years. We came home with strawberry jam and blackberries from Elmer, my brother, who does it up every year. A great visit and hope to […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Drift fishing old school, but effective

There are many types ways to present bait to a fish. You can cast, troll, jig and even fly fish. All have a place and time they work very well. One style of fishing that is nearly a lost art is drift fishing. Drift fishing is nothing new. It has been used by crappie fisherman for a long time and […]

State spends thousands to fly over mines

Government inspectors have been keeping a close eye on coal operators through aerial surveillance in central Appalachia, a region that’s been the center of debate over so-called mountaintop removal mining. The Kentucky Division of Mine Reclamation and Enforcement has spent more than $477,000 over the past four years for helicopter flights over coal mining operations, according to documents obtained by […]