After being frozen nearly solid for much of the winter, water is again roaring over Bad Branch Falls. The falls are located in the 2,639-acre Bad Branch Nature Preserves on Pine Mountain’s south side in Letcher County. Getting to the falls is a relatively easy hike for those who want to see it. (Photo by Thomas Biggs)

A treasured evening

To the Editor: It was a treasured evening my husband and I spent at Letcher County Central High School on March 27. The speech team showcased some incredibly talented young people who make me proud. A wide variety of issues were addressed included obesity and anorexia. We need to support the leaders, Kim Sergent and Josh Tyree, for their endless […]

Car wash planned April 5

A car wash will be held April 5 at the Jenkins Fire Department. Funds raised will go to upkeep and the purchase of new equipment for the fire department. The cost is $5 for wash and black wall the tires, $ 10 for wash, dry and black wall the tires. For more information, call 832-0600.

Next up-and-comers to perform here? Utah’s Desert Noises will visit April 8

Band’s bass player, Tyler Osmond, is member of famous Osmond family

About a year ago, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, a high-energy but little-known rhythm and blues band, traveled to Whitesburg to make its first concert appearance outside of its home base of Florence, Alabama, in the famed Muscle Shoals area. This past Saturday, St. Paul & The Broken Bones continued its rapid ascendency with an appearance on “CBS Saturday […]

Now here’s a tip

• A garden manicure is what my mother calls it: When working with plants and dirt, rake your nails across a bar of soap. The soap prevents dirt particles from lodging under nails, and the soap washes away easily when you are finished. Happy Gardening! — JoAnn • If the string on your trimmer is always breaking or jamming, try […]

Teachers get automatic raises in state’s budget

Kentucky’s roughly 100,000 teachers and administrative staff will get an automatic pay raise in each of the next two years – even if their school districts can’t afford it. The state’s two-year spending plan, approved this week by the Kentucky General Assembly, requires school districts to give employeesa1percentraiseinthe2015school yearanda2percentraiseinthe2016school year. Those raises are in addition to the district raises teachers […]

Health care’s real stakes

Finding a way out of our current political impasse requires some agreement on what problems we need to solve. If anything should unite left, center and right, it is the value of work and the idea, in Bill Clinton’s signature phrase, that those who “work hard and play by the rules” ought to be rewarded for their efforts. This is […]

Fieldses marking 42nd anniversary

Big Cowan

Hello everyone! Hope everyone had a good week. Never know what the weather has in store for us. Just take the good with the bad and expect a better day. Happy birthday to Marty Hays and Joann Fields on April 1; Carol Ann Ison on April 2; Hannah Boggs Day on April 3; my friend Dorothy Hardebeck on April 4; […]

Coming events

LETCHER COUNTY ROCK, POP, BLUES, RAP, CHRISTIAN, JAZZ DESERT NOISES; Tue., April 8 at Summit City in Whitesburg. JEFF GERMAN & THE BLANKETY BLANKS; Sat., May 3 in Whitesburg at Summit City. MARK KNIGHT; Sat., May 17 in Whitesburg at Summit City. SIMO; Sat., June 21 in Whitesburg at Summit City. Admission, $15. COUNTRY & BLUEGRASS, TRADITIONAL, ETC. ROB McNURLIN […]


Elsie Banks, a previous resident, visited Letcher Manor on her 99th birthday. She played Bingo and saw some of her friends, including Mabel Jo Buttrey who is pictured with her.