Health care law off to good start across Kentucky

As Republicans shut down the U.S. government last week because they couldn’t block the Affordable Care Act, Americans in droves were voting with their feet. Or, more precisely, with their fingertips on computer keyboards as visitors swamped the online health insurance marketplaces that opened Oct. 1. Millions of people couldn’t wait to shop for affordable health insurance. Who’d have thought […]


Cops say culvert stolen from Goose Creek, TV taken from senior center

Police say a man stole a culvert from a mining company in Goose Greek and dragged the culvert behind his truck to his residence. Kentucky State Police Trooper Adam Hall found the truck with a culvert attached by a chain at Charles Christopher Archer’s residence located at 3226 Highw ay 317, Jackhorn. Hall followed the scrape marks the culvert had […]

Moments and Memories of WHS

1970 My Four Years at WHS, by Gay Stewart My four years at WHS have been an experience that I will never forget. School wasn’t all fun and games and it wasn’t all work and no play. Now, as I am approaching the end of my high school days, I look back over the years and I realize I will […]

Accused killer found not guilty by Letcher jury

A Georgia man has been found not guilty of murdering a friend who died in Jenkins from a gunshot wound in March 2011. After deliberating for an hour and a half Tuesday afternoon, a Letcher Circuit Court jury made up of 11 women and one man acquitted Alfred “New York” White, 46, of Jonesboro, Ga., in the shooting death of […]

How safe are e-cig’s?

Suddenly, e-cigarettes seem to be everywhere. And with them have come a host of questions. Can e-cigarettes damage health over the long run, even though they appear to be better for smokers than regular cigarettes? Perhaps more importantly, will these jauntily-marketed devices hook more young people on nicotine and turn them eventually into standard cigarette smokers? E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices […]

Rites held for Scott Holbrook

Funeral services for Scott Realan Holbrook, 36, were held October 6 at Everidge Funeral Home in Whitesburg. Burial was in Whitaker Cemetery at Seco. A son of Vicki Owen Holbrook of Whitesburg and the late James Arnold Holbrook, he was the widower of Shannon Helton Holbrook. He died September 30 at his home. Surviving in addition to his mother are […]

Coal’s decline is issue in Va. gov’s race

Coal has emerged as a defining issue in the race for Virginia’s governor, and the stark divide between Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe has grown wider with the release of new federal pollution limits on coal-fired power plants. The political debate centers on potential job losses southwest Virginia’s coal industry would sustain under the proposed pollution guidelines. Cuccinelli […]

Rites held for Dennis Blair

Funeral services for Dennis Blair, 88, of Jeremiah, were held August 28 at Letcher Funeral Home in Whitesburg. Born in Jeremiah to the late James and Annie Blair, he was a brother of the late Dana Roark, Ella Kyle, Perlie Richie, Arlie Blair, Arnold Blair, Charlie Blair, Eslie Blair, Granvill Blair, Hobert Blair and Leslie Blair. He was retired from […]