Polls open here at 6 a.m. next Tuesday; 28 are on the ballot

The race for Letcher County coroner has been the most highly contested in the May Primary Election to be held here next Tuesday (May 17). Two Democrats and three Republicans filed to run for coroner after Marty Baker resigned from office last September. They are: • Democrat Perry M. Fowler, of Whitesburg, who was appointed coroner by Letcher County Judge/ […]

Rites set for Faye Lowe

Faye Lowe, 79, of Little Colley, died May 7 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Healthcare Center. A daughter of the late Dave and Martha Sizemore Cook, she was the widow of Arnold Lowe and the mother of the late Earl Lowe and Earlena Lowe. Surviving are three sons, Arnold Lowe Jr. of Dry Fork, Kenneth Lowe of Ermine, and Thomas Lowe […]

Pike Co. is among latest to join needle exchange

The southeastern Kentucky counties of Pike and Knox have joined Harrison County as the latest three counties in Kentucky to approve a needle-exchange program, bringing the total number of counties to 14, and several more — including Letcher County — may be getting close. Needle exchanges were authorized by the 2015 anti-heroin bill in an effort to decrease the spread […]

Judge gives flowers, cards to mothers


Hello everyone, hope you are all doing well. Today is Thursday and it’s cold and rainy. One of our little winters, I guess. I’m trying to get everything done. I’m looking forward to seeing my son Astor and his wife this weekend. I spent the day at Hospice in Hazard yesterday. My sister Louise Shepherd is there and she is […]

AP Fact Check: Can Trump save coal?

Donald Trump says he would bring back lost coal-mining jobs, and he is positioning for the November election in big coal states by portraying Hillary Clinton as a job killer. Trump, however, has yet to explain exactly how he will revitalize Appalachia’s coal industry. To pull it off, he will have to overcome market forces and a push for cleaner […]

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Donations for good cause

Points East

Okay, it seems that I have caused some confusion. Well, actually, not a day goes by that I fail to cause some confusion, but this particular incident is a tad aggravating because it happened here in the column about a month ago when our family started its annual campaign to help raise funds to fight diabetes. As you longtime readers […]

Services held for Courtney Adams Sr., 79

Courtney Adams Sr., 79, of Jeremiah, died May 7 at the Greg and Noreen Wells Hospice Care Center in Hazard. He was a son of the late Shade and Lora Watts Adams. Surviving are his wife, Laura Adams; two sons, Courtney Adams Jr. and Toby, and Keith Adams; a daughter, Janice L Adkins; a brother, Rulah Adams; five sisters, Helen […]

Fracking hits milestone as natural gas use rises

More natural gas in the U.S. is coming from wells that have been hydraulically fractured than ever before, and fracking’s share of the country’s gas supply is continuing to rise, according to new data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. At the same time, the fracking boom in the U.S. has led to a major boost in natural gas consumption, […]

Genivee Norris succumbs at 86

Funeral services for Genivee Norris, 86, were held May 9 in Whitesburg. A daughter of the late Dewey and Martha Combs Maggard, she was born in Isom. She died May 6 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. She was preceded in death by two sons, Roger Ison and Troy Norris; a daughter, Martha Sue Stamper; three sisters and two brothers. Surviving […]