Rains here, drought elsewhere

While much of the rest of the United States other parts of Kentucky are suffering through the nation’s worst drought in 25 years, Letcher County had an unusually wet July and appears headed toward an even wetter August. Letcher County began July in near-drought conditions, 6.9 inches of rain fell before the month ended, data recorded by an automated weather […]

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Bike Nite to host stunt show

Six-time national stunt riding champion Ryan Young will perform at Whitesburg Bike Nite at 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on August 11. The free show will take place in front of the Letcher County Veterans Memorial in downtown Whitesburg. Registration for bike and children’s games will begin at 6 p.m. and games will start after the 7 p.m. […]

Coal rally planned

A southeastern Kentucky man is trying to organize a coal rally that would line 17 miles of highway from the Knox-Bell county line to the Cumberland Gap Tunnel. Joe Harris told the Middlesboro Daily News that he is hoping for 20,000 participants in the Hands of Coal event. He says miners, businesses and churches have all signed up to be […]

Cake decorating class offered

Instructor Jennifer Noble will introduces students to the basics of cake decorating Monday, Sept. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Devert Owens Building of Hazard Community and Technical College’s Technical Campus.. Students will learn how to make their own fondant and butter cream, how to crumb coat a cake and how to properly apply fondant. Students will also […]

Officials in Jenkins disagree over move that cuts some taxes

Jenkins residents will see their property taxes lowered by just over four cents per $100 dollars for motor vehicles and watercraft. Councilman Rick Damron made the motion to lower the tax rate even though real property will be lowered by approximately 20 percent as part of the tax proposal that brought the city a payroll tax earlier this year. The […]

Grand Old Party’s civil war

When traditional Republicans tell their tea party wing that they have to negotiate with Democrats, the radicals’ frequent response is: No, they don’t. One side has to win. But before that fistfight at the edge of the falls can take place, one side has to win within the Republican Party. Civil wars are not pretty. The tea party movement has […]

Civil War battle re-enactment

A re-enactment of the Civil War battle “Thunder on the Mountain”: The Return of General John Hunt Morgan to Pound Gap will take place Saturday, August 11, and Sunday, August 12, at the Little Shepherd Amphitheatre in Jenkins. There is no charge for admission to the event. The Little Shepherd Amphitheatre is located just off US 23 in Jenkins on […]

Services today for Curtis Caudill

Funeral services for Curtis Caudill, 62, of Jeremiah, will be held at noon today (Wednesday) at Blair Branch Old Regular Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Hampton Cemetery at Jeremiah. A son of the late Cecil and Alice Ison Caudill, he died August 4 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. He was the father of the late Gregory Curtis Caudill, […]