Wife, lover facing capital murder charges from jury

An admission contained in a confession to police appears to have played a major role in the Letcher County Grand Jury’s decision to indict a Letcher County woman and her lover on charges that could place them on Kentucky’s Death Row if they are convicted of the crimes of which they are charged. The grand jury handed up indictments to […]

Changing our direction

To the Editor: As we leave another adventure by our leadership of extending our power of influence into another country with the end result something to be desired, are we to rest on our failures and now review our next adventure into another country to extend our power of brute force with the usual limited success and the end result […]

Moments and Memories of WHS

1972 Ring Dance King and Queen crowned “Zowie, gee whiz!! I finally got my ring!!” It all happened the night of Nov. 20, at the Whitesburg High School Cafeteria. Around 8 p.m. students and guest began arriving in their velvet, satin, and fine suits of amour. Shrieks of joy could be heard from the seniors as they ran up to receive […]

Letcher’s jobless rate climbs to 12.6 percent; 2nd lowest in KRADD

Fueled by coal company layoffs, Letcher County’s unemployment rate swelled to 12.6 percent in June but still remained the lowest of any of the coal-producing counties in the eight-county Kentucky River Area Development District. According to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, 118 more Letcher County residents were added to the unemployment rolls in June, leaving the county as […]

To perform

Appalachian Strings will perform from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, August 4, 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.

‘Craziest’ case leads to indictments of 3

In one of the “craziest cases” involving inmates in the Letcher County Jail, three women have been indicted on charges of complicity to promoting contraband in the jail. The Letcher County Grand Jury says Brittany Lasean Looney, 24, 850 Mountain Breeze Apts. #327, Jenkins; Erica L. Blair, 34, also known as Erica Inez Blair, 406 Carrion Branch, Whitesburg, and Joni […]


To the Editor: When a senior citizen’s income is $737 and $68 food stamps and her bills are $938 per month, how does she survive? Thousands of hardworking seniors are unable to work and there is no help for us. Seniors 55 and over cannot get help from LKLP, KRADD, Social Security and Social Services. Thank our Precious Lord, family […]

First day of school coming next week

Big Cowan

Hello everyone. Hope all had a good week. School is just about ready to start. Seems like summer has really gone fast even though it has been very hot. My grandkids start back to school Aug. 1 in Indiana (I think). They are kind of excited but hate for the summer to be over with. Same way when we were […]

At Kids’ Day event

Middle Cowan/Dongola area planning a reunion


Some of the folks of the Middle Cowan/Dongola community have decided they need a chance to get together for a good visit without it being a sad occasion. So they are getting up a community reunion. Middle Cowan/Dongola is the area from the Cowan Chapel Church up to the Arvie Boggs home. Before consolidation there was a Middle Cowan School. […]