The view from upside-down

Jenkins residents to see taxes drop

The Jenkins City Council has voted to lower taxes on real property by 10 cents per $100. The cut decreases taxes on real property from 44.99 cents per $100 of real property to 35 cents per $100, and was the result of discussions concerning an occupational tax the council passed in May. During the discussions that led to the passage […]

Coal’s top need? Higher gas prices

When might the coal industry rebound and put more miners back to work? A cold winter might speed things up, but what’s needed even more is a rise in the price of natural gas, the Wall Street Journal reports. In a commentary published Sept. 27, analyst Liam Denning wrote that coal’s “real enemy is natural gas.” Here is how Denning […]


Welcome to our newest feature

This is the first installment of “Police Beat,” a summary of calls for service to local law-enforcement agencies that are deemed to be public record under Kentucky state law. We begin with information provided by the Letcher County Sheriff’s Of- ce, whose cooperation we appreciate, and will include information from other agencies later. Tuesday, Sept. 25 • At 1:19 p.m., […]

Our heritage from A to Z

The staff at Harry M. Caudill Memorial Library in Whitesburg literally brought a book to life to celebrate Mountain Heritage. The book is called “A is for Appalachia” and it was written by Eastern Kentucky University Professor Linda Hager Pack. From A to Z, the book highlights words that are significant to the Appalachian region. For instance, C is for […]

Pridemore family holds reunion


By the time this comes out it will be October, and that’s just hard to believe. The trees are beginning to change color, and each day it seems they change at a noticeable rate. Before you know it the leaves will be in their full fall colors. Last week’s column should have said happy birthday to Lyndci Adams Gilliam and […]

Three receive college scholarships

Paige Lewis, Joshua S. Proffitt and Cassity June Riffe are the winners of the Roy R. Crawford Memorial College Scholarships given by Elkhorn-Hazard Coal Land, LLC. Lewis, the daughter of Robert and Patricia Lewis of Whitesburg, was graduated from Letcher County Central High School in 2008, eighth in her class as salutatorian with a 3.79 grade point average. While attending […]

Linefork church to hold fish fry


Cedar Grove Church is having a fish fry on Saturday, October 6 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the church at Linefork. It is $7 a plate, drink and dessert included. All proceeds go to help the church. Happy birthday to Ronnie Miller of Blackey. It was on Sept.16. Alan Bates of Elk Creek had one the 17th, his wife […]

Bible trivia

1. Is the book of Joshua in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. From John 3, who asked “How can a man be born who is old”? Stephen, Nicodemus, Paul, Thomas 3. What notoriously wicked woman married King Ahab? Candace, Shiprah, Adah, Jezebel 4. From Esther 5, who was the wife of Haman of Persia? Naaman, Zeresh, Not […]

Essay contest winners named

Rachel Cook took first place in the Mountain Heritage essay contest with her work, “Heritage”. In second place was Christian M. Boggs with “A Tribute to the Past, A Commitment to the Future”. In the poetry contest, first place went to Mark Sexton for “Celebrate”. Rachel Cook was second with “The Mountain People” and Tessa Fugate-Caudill was third with “I […]