School officials say threat had to be taken seriously

Officials say there was no actual bomb threat Monday morning even though students were kept away from the campus of Letcher County Central High School until police deemed the campus and building safe. “The information we received indicated that an unidentified student might possibly bring a bomb to school (Monday),” LCCHS Principal Stephen Boggs said in a typed statement. “Immediately […]

T-shirts are offensive, but little can be done

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway has joined the attorneys general in Florida and Maine in asking a boutique fashion company to cease selling T-shirts that feature the names of well-known prescription drugs. In a letter to Kitson Inc., a company that sells items online and in store in California, Conway, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and Maine Attorney General Janet […]

Board to meet

The Letcher County Extension District Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. on September 23. The meeting will take place at the extension office, located at 478 Extension Dr., Whitesburg.

Fiscal court votes to loan $20,000 to sheriff ’s office to slow layoffs

Following the recent layoff of two office personnel and a parttime deputy by the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department, the Letcher County Fiscal Court has voted unanimously to extend a loan of $20,000 to the sheriff ’s department to prevent any further layoffs. At the Sept. 6 special meeting, Judge/Executive Jim Ward told the court that the funds will be […]

Moments and Memories of WHS

1967Meet some of the seniors Danny Hoskins: favorite food and drink, ham and milk; favorite singer, Gomer Pyle; secret ambition, be a truck driver; pet peeve, teachers. Linda Franklin: favorite food and drink, hamburger and Coke; favorite singer, The Monkees; secret ambition, marriage; favorite song, ‘Close Your Eyes’; pet peeve, homework. Kathy Day: favorite food and drink, hamburger and R.C.; […]

Workers in W’burg will be taxed 1.5% on their paychecks

In a move that will put Whitesburg level with most surrounding cities, the Whitesburg City Council voted unanimously at its September meeting to institute a one-and-ahalf percent payroll tax on people working in the city. The tax would not affect retirement benefits or entitlements including unemployment and Social Security. The move came after the council heard bad economic news about […]

Hipster fans brought longer lives

The weekend obits toasted two American originals who died in their 90s. Both dedicated their many hours to preserving bygone technologies — in one case typewriters and in the other vinyl records. Both would have closed shop sooner were it not for young hipsters, raised on the digital, seeing novelty and beauty in the great inventions of the mechanical age. […]

Carcassonne Square Dance grateful to Letcher County

To the Editor: As someone who has been involved in the Carcassonne Square Dance since the 1960s, I want to say thank you to the people of Letcher County and Kentucky for the gigantic wonderful square dance of August 10. We had well over 300 people come and made well over $5,000 to keep the community center’s square dance going […]

Rites held for fire victim

Funeral services were held Saturday for a Sergent woman who died of smoke inhalation after her home caught fire Thursday. Betty Joe Fields, 66, of 92 Down Hill Drive, was pronounced dead at 7:48 a.m. by Letcher County Coroner Marty Baker. Her body was found after a neighbor leaving for work saw the fire and called 9-1-1 at 7:07 a.m., […]

When in doubt, throw it out

Car Talk

Dear Tom and Ray: While cleaning out my 70-something parents’ garage, I found three mostly empty containers of power steering fluid. They are possibly from different decades. Can these be combined, or will mixing them cause serious automotive, health and/or environmental damage? Thanks. — Greg TOM: They can be mixed for the purpose of making them easier to carry to […]