Tom King was among those who were present Friday afternoon when alcohol was sold legally in the City of Jenkins for the first time since 1944. King, of Jenkins, was enjoying a draft beer with dinner at the new Las Peñas Mexican Restaurant. The restaurant, located next to the new Jenkins Swimming Pool, is the first establishment to be granted […]

Neon doesn’t want to be the new owner of run-down library

The City of Fleming-Neon does not want to be stuck as the new owner of a dilapidated building that formerly housed a branch of the Letcher County Public Library. Mayor Susan Polis told the Fleming Neon City Council this week that she has spoken to a representative of the Letcher County Library Board about demolishing the building, but said the […]

Cops: Woman bit postal worker

Police say the estranged wife of a U.S. Postal Service carrier is on home incarceration after she assaulted a female postal worker last week. Karen K. Tilley, 29, of 856 Premier Subdivision in Jenkins, approached the unidentified postal worker as she was leaving the Whitesburg Post Offi ce parking lot on her lunch break. The employee’s Ford Focus was in […]

Council member dies at 60

Jenkins City Council Member Carol Ann Litts died in Lexington Tuesday from complications of a long illness. Miss Litts, 60, was the retired owner and operator of The Flower House, a successful florist in Jenkins, and served on Jenkins City Council since 2005. Jenkins Mayor G. C. Kincer described Miss Litts as a “champion of the old and poor” who […]

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Pair wholesome, delicious pudding with ingredients from your own pantry or fridge

What do you reach for around 3 in the afternoon? Something salty? Something crunchy? Some- thing creamy, smooth and sweet? These days, more and more snackers are looking for something wholesome and satisfying to get them through the afternoon. Here’s one snacking choice you may not have thought of: pudding. When pudding is made right — just the way your […]

School’s out, but children can still eat free

While school is out for summer, the Letcher County School System still offers free meals to children at school sites, at the farmers market in Whitesburg, and even through the county library’s Bookmobile program. “There are hungry kids all the time,” said Cora Sturgill, food service director for Letcher County Public Schools. The Letcher school district has participated in the […]

‘Supermoon’ over Kentucky

Clear skies on the night of July 12 provided this view of a spectacular full moon over Letcher County — the first full moon after the summer solstice. If you missed seeing the spectacle, photographer Timothy Hudson of Jeremiah snapped this shot from atop Pine Mountain, near the entrance to Little Shepherd Trail near Whitesburg. “Around this time of year […]

Letcher County’s lower gas prices are much needed


We’ll take any little economic break we can get. That’s the thought that was going through the minds of many Letcher County residents this week as gasoline prices fell to the lowest level seen in many weeks. While the $3.49 that a gallon of regular gas was selling for here Tuesday may not seem all that cheap, it’s a downright […]

Never doubt Reds with Frazier around

During a time in which multi-million dollar contracts and poor off-the-field behavior seem to always dominate the nation’s sporting headlines, it was a pleasure to watch Monday night as Cincinnati Reds third baseman Todd Frazier reminded all who were tuned into ESPN that Major League Baseball and other professional sports really are games meant to be enjoyed by players and […]

Acting like ‘Beverly Hillbillies’ is not what we need in E. Ky.

To the Editor: Good sound ideas for the growth of our economy in eastern Kentucky seem to get further from reality each week. I read that SOAR held another meeting July 15 to focus on the strengths, weakness, opportunities and challenges for eastern Kentucky agriculture. SOAR needs to come back to earth. Have I misunderstood the economical and workforce problems […]