3 to face danger on long trek from England to Mongolia in tiny auto

Former Whitesburg resident Dillion Asher has stored all of his belongings from his apartment in Fort Collins, Colo., and taken a three-month leave of absence from his job so he can spend about 40 days competing in the Mongol Rally, a long-distance car race that begins in the United Kingdom and ends 9,000 miles later in the Asian country of […]

Court gives final OK to budget cuts for sheriff, seniors

In a marathon June meeting lasting nearly four hours, the Letcher County Fiscal Court finally agreed to accept the “as read” version of the county’s $9,462,339 budget for Fiscal Year 2013-14 with an amendment that guarantees that unassigned carry over and “rainy day” funds that come in after July 1 will be used to shore up cuts in the Senior […]

Appeal Court upholds one conviction, tosses other out

A man convicted of robbing a Whitesburg motel in 2010 won’t spend as much time in prison after the Kentucky Court of Appeals has reversed the conviction and sentence for retaliating against a participant in the legal process. In August 2011, a Letcher Circuit Court jury found Mark Joseph Morton, 26, of 95 Bicycle Lane, Whites( burg, guilty of holding […]

Three advance to ‘Road to Fame’ finals

Three Letcher County residents have advanced to the final round of the “Country Music Highway Road to Fame” contest. Kori Breeding, Cory Harris and Shelley Young will be among 10 competing for the grand prize on July 13 at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg. “I think it’s great for this area,” said Harris. “Eastern Kentucky is so full of […]

Police Beat

Monday, June 10 • At 2:50 p.m., a woman telephones the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Office to report that her daughter and her daughter’s boyfriend “got into it Friday night” before the boyfriend brought the daughter to her mother’s house. The mother says her daughter went back to the boyfriend’s house at 11:30 p.m. on June 8 to gather her […]

Bear surprises Jenkins woman

Hazel Rayburn will be missed

Big Cowan

Hello everyone! Hoping all had a great week and hoping all the guys had a happy Father’s Day. Sorry to hear that another great lady from Cowan, Hazel Rayburn, died. Her health had been up and down for the last few months. I thought she was going to outlive everyone on Cowan. She died on Saturday, June 15. I think […]


The old hand pump

Up through the 1970s about the only people in the county who had water inside their houses were the ones within the city limits. Everyone else had either a dug or drilled well or a hand-operated water pump. Some pumps were on the back porch; others were inside the house, usually in the kitchen. Drawing drinking was from Bill Collins’s […]

Reception to honor Dr. W. Bruce Ayers

A reception honoring Dr. W. Bruce Ayers will be held Tuesday, June 25, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the lobby of Newman Hall on the Cumberland campus of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College. The event is sponsored by the Tri-City Chamber of Commerce. Ayers will retire at the end of month after a 44- year career at SKCTC […]