24 sign to become organ donors here in days after wreck

While Letcher County has been last among Kentucky’s 120 counties in the percentage of residents volunteering to become organ donors, that number appears to be changing in the wake of the recent death of 21-year-old organ donor Jacob Lucas. As of Tuesday, 24 Letcher County residents had joined the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry after learning that Lucas, who was killed […]

Canadian firm donates $100,000 to Jenkins schools for new iPads

A Canadian-based energy services company has donated $100,000 to the Jenkins Independent School System to help the system provide Apple iPad computer tablets to students. The gift was announced this week during the August meeting of the Jenkins Independent Schools Board of Education. Board Chairman Durward Narramore Jr. introduced George Wice, manager of the Ferus LP plant at Gateway Industrial […]

High school again left without police officer

Is Letcher County Central High School going to have a school resource officer this school year? For now the answer is no. The Letcher County Board of Education has voted three times in the past month on a contract concerning a school resource officer. After a lengthy discussion during the July 22 board meeting pertaining to how many school resource […]

Parent, board member plead for full-time nurse at Cowan

The parent of a Cowan Elementary School student appeared before the Letcher County Board of Education this week to voice her concerns about the lack of a fulltime school nurse to care for her son who has diabetes and others who may also need insulin or other services during a school day. “(The school nurse) is there two hours a […]

Rotarians attend conference in Tennessee

Rotarians Barbara Ison and Margaret Hammonds attended Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Homecomin’ 2013 at the Music Road Hotel Conference Center in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., in June, and talked with David Dotson, President of the Dollywood Foundation. The theme of the conference, ‘Imagine More’, showcased two days of presenters sharing stories of success with the Imagination Library. Participants discussed ideas with […]

Hatton reunion draws crowd


Hello everyone, hope you are all doing well. This has been a good week for me. I had lunch one day with my brothers, John and Jack Howard, and I really enjoyed it a lot. I don’t think we had ever done it before. We will have to do it again soon. It was good seeing one of our Marlowe […]

Services held for Larry Collins

Larry Daniel Collins, 65, of Millstone, died August 20 at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn. A son of the late Troy and Opal Holland Collins, he was the father of the late Larry Collins Jr. He was the widower of Erma Collins, and later married Danzel Collins, who survives him. Surviving in addition to his wife are a […]

SKCTC and ESPN celebrate College Colors Day Aug. 29

Students at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College will team with sports leader ESPN in celebration of College Colors Day on Thursday, Aug. 29. Students at each of SKCTC’s five campuses, located at Cumberland, Whitesburg, Pineville, Harlan and Middlesboro, are encouraged to wear the Southeast colors of blue and gold or a spirit apparel during the celebration. College Colors Day […]

Little Shepherd Drama scheduled

The Little Shepherd drama will be presented on Saturday, August 31. Showtime is 8 p.m. Group rates are available. For more information, call 832-1543 or email littleshepherd@windstream.net.