Coal firm lists office for sale

Ten weeks after idling its steam coal mining operations in eastern Kentucky, United Coal Co. has put its large office building in Letcher County up for sale. Located on Big Blue Boulevard off KY 7 near Isom, the Sapphire Coal building was constructed shortly after the former Reading & Bates Corp., an Oklahoma-based oil and gas drilling company, bought Golden […]

Rites held for ATV accident victim

Funeral services were held in Berea last week for a two-year-old girl who died from injuries sustained in an all-terrain vehicle wreck in Jenkins on August 26. Alicia Rennee Faye “Sissy” Sturgill, of Jenkins, was riding on an ATV with her father, Robert Anthony Sturgill, a three-year-old boy and a 17-year-old juvenile. She was fatally injured after the ATV flipped […]

Cops say thieves tried to enter Fleming home

The Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department is investigating a reported burglary at the home of homicide victim Dradrick “Drad” Fleming. Deputy Matt Gayheart said nothing appears to have been stolen from inside Fleming’s mobile home, but that someone tried to break into the residence late Monday night or early Tuesday morning. According to Gayheart, a front window was broken and […]

Rides, midway offered big fun at Isom Days

Old friends meet at restaurant for breakfast


Hello everyone, hope you are all doing well. We are still having beautiful weather here. Lots of other places are having a bad time. Our thoughts and prayers are with them. I hope things get better. I enjoyed going to Pine Mountain Grill for breakfast with my sons Rob and Billy and his wife Sandra. Rob was glad to see […]

Music festival planned

The 44th annual Dock Boggs and Kate Peters Sturgill Festival will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Country Cabin II in Norton, Va. The lineup includes Destination Bluegrass Band, Sparky and Rhonda Rucker, Will Caudill & Route 7, Appalachian Strings, Bluegrass Circle, Papa Joe Smiddy, and Mountain Empire Community College String Band. Gates open at 10:30 and the […]

Mountain Idol returns

The Mountain Idol contest — with a grand prize of $1,000 — will be part of the Mountain Heritage Festival again this year. The contest is open to participants who are 16 years old or older. Tryout will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16, at Whitesburg City Hall. For more information, call Donnie Fields at (606) 378-2226 […]

I’ve been selling all my quilting supplies

Northeast Ohio

Howdy dear friends and neighbors. I do hope your week was a good one and sincerely hope the next one is better. Are your gardens still producing and how is school going for everyone? Schools around here just started this week so our neighborhood has been very quiet. Hope y’all are well and looking forward to a beautiful autumn with […]

Pageant set

The Letcher County Miss Teen Mountain Heritage and Miss Mountain Heritage pageant, sponsored by the Letcher County Central High School cheerleaders, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15, at the LCCHS auditorium. The pageant will begin at 6:30 p.m. Applications may be picked up at the Whitaker Bank and Community Trust Bank downtown locations or Letcher County Central High School.