Letcher Schools’ ‘robot’ resembles a storyline from popular TV series

Four years after Sheldon Cooper created a Mobile Virtual Presence Device (MVPD) on the television series “Big Bang Theory,” Letcher County Public Schools has a similar robot. Instead of “Shelbot” roaming around Caltech, The Cheesecake Factory and Sheldon’s apartment in Pasadena, Calif., the Letcher district has the cougar bot. The Double telepresence robot provides a way for students with long-term […]

Speaking of Soaps

RECAPS APRIL 27 – MAY 1 THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL — Wyatt continued his deceptive and unsuccessful attempts to get Nicole to reveal the secret about Maya. While recounting the evening he had with Nicole to Liam, Pam overheard their plan to find out information about Maya. Now knowing that Maya’s hiding something about her past, Pam and Charlie […]


Kip Winger is much more than frontman of rock band

Multi-platinum recording artist Kip Winger, best known for his success with Winger and his early days as a bass player with Alice Cooper, will perform in concert Thursday night (April 30) at Summit City in Whitesburg for a solo acoustic show. Admission is $25. After a successful run with Winger, Kip built a studio in the hills of Santa Fe, […]

Rites held for Bobby Dean Hughes

Funeral services for Bobby Dean Hughes, 69, of Millstone were held April 21 in Whitesburg. He died April 19 at King’s Daughters Hospital in Ashland. Burial was in Bates Cemetery at Ermine. Born in Letcher County to the late Riley and Norma Grimes Hughes, he was a brother of the late Billy Gene Hughes, Hargis Hughes, Anna Ruth Donnelly, Faye […]

For a ‘name’ Derby pick, try Carpe Diem

Sports in Kentucky

The Kentucky Derby, the most famous two minutes in sports, takes place this Saturday at Churchill Downs in Louisville. My pick for the winner? Carpe Diem across-the-board. Last time I picked a Derby winner Ronald Reagan was still alive, the UConn men and women teams won the NCAA, Tubby Smith was still in Lexington and Smarty Jones would also win […]

Hail storm on Cowan put dings on car

Hello friends, neighbors, family and all those who are far off. Hoping everyone is surviving the cold weather that goes along with these little winters. Boy, what hail we had late Saturday night. My front porch and yard looked like an ice storm had hit, plus the hood of my car has several dings on it. A trip to the […]

Circuit Clerk’s Office to start new program

The Letcher Circuit Clerk’s Office will be closed to the public beginning at noon on Thursday, April 30, and will reopen on Friday, May 1; however, the driver’s licensing office will be open all day on Friday and from 8:30 a.m. until noon on Saturday because it is the first Saturday of the month. The Letcher Circuit Clerk’s Office is […]

New treatment for advanced Parkinson’s unveiled at UK

The University of Kentucky has unveiled a new treatment for people with advanced symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and invited one of the first patients to participate in the clinical trial to share how this treatment has improved his function and productivity. The new, trademarked, treatment, Duopa, provides a continuous 16 hour dose of levodopa, which is the “gold standard” drug […]

Edith Morgan buried at Isom

Edith Morgan, 89, of Redfox died April 25 at Letcher Manor Nursing Home in Whitesburg. A daughter of the late Granville and Eliza Stamper Bailey, she was the widow of Rollie Morgan. Surviving are a brother, Verlin Bailey of Isom, and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services for Mrs. Morgan were held April 28 at Letcher Funeral Home […]