Sheriff Webb says layoffs being forced

Citing steep budget cuts to his office by the Letcher County Fiscal Court, Sheriff Danny Webb has ordered the closing of the sheriff ’s office on evenings and weekends. As a result of the action, the department’s evening dispatchers have been laid off. Webb said employees in his office were notified by county officials on Friday that the sheriff ’s […]

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LCCHS students visit Germany

Students from Letcher County Central High School spent two weeks in Zwickau, Germany, with a student exchange. They lived with German host families and attended school with a host student. The students visited Leipzig, Weimar, and Buchenwald and some went to Dresden as well. The exchange gave the students an opportunity to experience a different culture, language and culinary options. […]

Alzheimer’s hits women most

WASHINGTON Nearly two- thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease are women, and now some scientists are questioning the long-held assumption that it’s just because they tend to live longer than men. What else may put woman at extra risk? Could it be genetics? Biological differences in how women age? Maybe even lifestyle factors? Finding out might affect treatments or preventive […]

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Letcher’s racing brothers have been little noticed

By BEN GISH They are two sets of brothers who rode in — and won — some of the top thoroughbred horse races in America. The four jockeys, two of whom rode in the Kentucky Derby, also have something else common: Each was born and raised in Letcher County, where few people know of the achievements they accomplished on some […]

Salome’s Stars

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) A perplexing situation needs to be dealt with in order to avoid problems later on. Rely on both your own sense of what’s right and the advice of someone you trust to help work it out. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Let your sharp Taurean business insight guide you when considering a “dream […]

Homer Amburgey succumbs at 84

Homer Amburgey, 84, of Linefork, died June 28 at the Greg and Noreen Wells Hospice Care Center in Hazard. A son of the late Pearl and Nannie Bentley Amburgey, he was the widower of Connie Irene Adams Amburgey. He was also preceded in death by a son, Homer Amburgey; a brother, Carl Kermit Amburgey; and two sisters, Esther Collins and […]

Persistent carpal tunnel syndrome

DEAR DR. ROACH: I had surgery late last year on my right wrist for carpal tunnel syndrome. The numbness in my fingers has not changed. Now I’m faced with the same problem in my left hand. I’m going to forget surgery, seeing as it wasn’t successful in my right hand. I decided to go to an acupuncturist for laser treatments. […]

Couple first to get same-sex marriage license

Letcher County Clerk Winston Meade is among the majority of Kentucky’s county clerks who are honoring the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling last week that legalizes gay marriage across the U.S. Since the ruling was handed down last Friday, the Letcher County Clerk’s Office has issued one marriage license to a same-sex couple. McRoberts residents Mona Lisa Marie Burke, 37, and […]