Jenkins board hopes to have superintendent hired at least by July 1

The search for a new superintendent for the Jenkins School System is now underway. Members of the Jenkins Independent Board of Education met with representatives of the Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA) last week to formally engage that organization’s services in conducting the search. The results will be used to create a list of candidates for a screening committee that […]

Services set for Thelma Garrett

Funeral services for Thelma Ilene Garrett, 83, will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday), March 31, at Letcher Funeral Home in Whitesburg. Burial will follow in the Webb Cemetery at Mayking. A daughter of the late Walter and Gladys Webb Wampler, she died March 28 at her home in Whitesburg. She was the widow of Edison Garrett, the mother […]

Despite its woes, coal will survive, firm says

ST. LOUIS The coal industry is struggling, but a spokesman for St. Louis-based Peabody Energy says neither coal nor the company is going away. Heavy debt loads are weighing on companies like Peabody that made acquisitions when coal prices peaked, prompting a lengthy slump. Peabody, the nation’s largest coal company, warned earlier this month that it may have to file […]

Center plans open house

Cowan Community Center will have an open house from 2 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6. Staff members will be available to discuss event rentals, educational programming and volunteer opportunities in the arts, music, theater, dance, gardening and community outreach. Light refreshments will be served. This event is open to the public. For more information, call (606) 633-3187.

Adele is all over, all of the time

Walk into the grocery and there she is. Shop for shoes, she’s shopping by your side. Need to cross a lobby? Drive to Mom’s house? Drink yourself sick? My God — she’s there, too, in the hotel, the car, the seedy bar’s bathroom, seeping through the pipes. She’s everywhere, always ready to start a conversation: “Hello. It’s me.” Of course […]

Here’s a tip

• “Need a great shave? Fancy shave gels and foams can be expensive. Get a bottle of inexpensive hair conditioner. These usually cost less than a dollar, and you get months of use from one bottle.” E.L. in California • Scrub residual smell out of a wooden spoon by using a baking soda and water paste, then soaking in baking […]

Father of 5 dies in mine mishap

Funeral services were held this week for a Linefork father of five who was killed in an underground mining accident in Harlan County. Services for Mark Wayne Frazier, 48, were held at Linefork Tuesday, four days after Frazier was killed while performing maintenance work inside the Huff Creek No. 1 mine at Holmes Mill, near Evarts. The state Division of […]

Board to meet

The Kentucky River District Board of Health will meet at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 6. The meeting will take place at Ponderosa in Hazard.

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U.S. attorney declines to join lawsuit

Contents of a federal “whistleblower” lawsuit naming Whitesburg-based Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation as a defendant were ordered unsealed recently after a federal prosecutor officially declined to intervene in the case. U.S. Attorney Kerry B. Harvey filed the “notice of election to decline intervention” in U.S. District Court in Pikeville on March 18, some eight months after a Whitesburg pharmacist and […]