Court’s resolution about coal draws response

To the Editor: Earlier this month, the Letcher County Fiscal Court adopted a resolution that calls on us, the county’s voice in the Kentucky General Assembly, to do whatever we can to remove any possible state tax incentives a power company may receive if it switches from coal to natural gas. To begin with, we want to make clear that […]

Basketball camp set for May 28-30

The eighth annual Lady Cougar Camp of Champions basketball camp will be held at the Letcher County Central High School gymnasium May 28-30. Camp will start at 8:30 a.m. and end at 12:30 p.m. each day. The cost is $50 and the Lady Cougar staff and players will pro- vide instructions. Girls entering first through ninth grades next school year […]

Pit stall location matters

It wasn’t that many years ago that if you were the defending champion of the Sprint Cup Series one of the best perks of your championship season didn’t really come into play until the following season. The champion was awarded first choice of pit stall location at every stop on the schedule. Every other driver selected his pit stall according […]

2-step method ensures moist roasted chicken

The curse of roasted chicken — especially when you are working with parts rather than a whole bird — is how easily is dries out. A few too many minutes in the oven can be all it takes to go from juicy to chewy. So we decided to create a roasted chicken recipe that all but guarantees moist, tender results, […]

Services held for Hager Blair Sr.

Hager Blair Sr., 88, died April 12. He was a son of the late Dennis F. and Lola Everidge Blair, formerly of Camp Fork at Colson. Along with his four late brothers, he was a veteran of World War II was retired from the U.S. Air Force and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Surviving is a son, Donald […]

School board plans to discuss budget matters in private

The Letcher County Board of Education has agreed to “put at rest” the idea of cutting employee health insurance and life insurance from next year’s district operating budget. “I got to looking over these and employees work so hard and we’re going to be asking more and more out of them,” Board Member Will Smith said during a meeting of […]

Is destruction of ‘Rec center’ their mission?

To the Editor: For any government entity — city, county, or otherwise — to succeed in a 21st century economy, elected leadership that is sensible, sophisticated, and deliberative must play a part. Unfortunately for Letcher County residents, magistrates representing District Two (Isom, Colson, Jackhorn) and District Five (Jenkins) are none of the above. Rather, they are dangerous, destructive, and completely […]

Roscoe Profitt succumbs at 80

Roscoe Profitt, 80, died April 16 at his home in Whitesburg. A son of the late Conley and Polly Seals Profitt Noles, he was the widower of Sarah Williams Profitt and a brother of the late Eugene Profitt. Surviving are two sons, James Profitt and wife Jenifer, and Ronnie Profitt and wife Beverly, all of Whitesburg; a daughter, Pat Barger […]

Struttin’ Time

Surgery is not needed after all

I have received a lot of feedback from last week’s Struttin’ Time. To say that I was deeply touched would be an understatement. I want to take time to thank everyone for the thoughts, kind words, and prayers. After returning from the doctor I learned that surgery was not needed at this time, that the three discs are inflamed and […]