UNITE sponsors drug testing

“Give Me a Reason”, a drug prevention initiative sponsored by Letcher County United for Substance Abuse Prevention and Operation UNITE, will be held at 11:30 a.m., February 4, in the Harry M. Caudill Memorial Library in Whitesburg. The program provides voluntary drug testing to young people as way to avoid peer pressure and give them a reason to say “no” […]

We (mostly) don’t envy your wood stove!

Points East

Nothing makes winter feel right to me any better than the smell of wood or coal smoke riding on the breeze when I step out onto the front porch on these ultra-brisk January mornings. And, yes, I do realize that this is old news to faithful, longtime, readers of my drivel. However, I’m getting to be old enough that I […]

4-H having fundraiser

Chocolate- covered strawberries will be delivered to schools and businesses in downtown Whitesburg on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, by the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service. The sale of the strawberries is a fundraiser for 4-H. The cost is $7 for a half-dozen strawberries and $14 for a dozen, with a $1 delivery fee. Orders must be placed by Feb. 11. For […]

Our community colleges do not deserve ridicule

Months before Caitlin Johnson graduated from high school, she opened Ohio State University’s early-decision letter and felt the doors open wide. For as long as she could remember, she’d wanted to go to OSU’s veterinary school. She was on her way. But on the drive home with her parents after visiting the campus, she heard the doors slam shut. “It […]

Rites set for Jon Robert Adams

Funeral services for Jon Robert Adams, 329, of Letcher, will be held at 11 a.m. today (January 28) at the Mount Olivet Old Regular Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Caudill Cemetery at Red Star. A son of Eric K. and Nancy Carol Mitchell Adams of Red Star, he died January 25 at his home at Letcher. Surviving in […]

Robber put Neon clerk in chokehold

Fleming-Neon police are still looking for the man who put a convenience store clerk in a chokehold and demanded money from the store’s cash register last Thursday. Fleming- Neon Patrolman Adam Swindall said a white male wearing dark clothes and a black ski mask entered the Neon Double Kwik shortly before 9 p.m. on January 22 and “dragged the clerk […]

Top students named at Jenkins

Jenkins Elementary School has released its second nine weeks honor roll. Students named to the honor roll are: Third grade All A honor roll — Mrs. Kelly’s homeroom: Jasmine Antonio, Haley Autrey, Kaleigh Cook, and Wynter Smith. Mrs. Anderson’s homeroom: Alyssa Fields, Ezekiel Maggard, Hope Polly and Alexis Richie. Fourth grade — Mrs. Burke’s homeroom: Jacob Kelly, Jaylee Collier, Kayleigh […]


A two-sided, programmable electronic sign for Letcher County Central High School was installed recently at Ermine. The Letcher County Education Foundation paid the cost. (Eagle photo)

Culture wars, old and new

The old culture war politics is dying but new culture wars are gathering force. The transformation of the battlefield will change our public life. The idea of a “culture war” was popularized by Pat Buchanan in his joyfully incendiary 1992 Republican National Convention speech, but it was introduced into the public argument a year earlier by James Davison Hunter, a […]

Services set for Roger Whitaker

Roger Lee Whitaker, 67, of Premium died January 26 at Pikeville Medical Center. A son of the late Amos and Nella Blair Whitaker, he was a brother of the late Wilma Halcomb. Surviving are his wife, Deborah Perkins Whitaker; a son, Roger Lee Whitaker Jr. and wife Sandy of Premium; two daughters, Charity Whitaker of Premium, and Chalena Williams and […]