Summer snapshots

Bluegrass festival planned at Kingscreek

Hello everyone! Once again I will say summer is in full swing in the Harrison, Ohio Valley area. I finally got my window air in, just in the nick of time. I keep a blanket handy as I really don’t like air conditioning, but it is too much without something. The fan suited me fine, except if I went someplace […]

Water thieves are being prosecuted, some for felonies

By WILLIAM FARLEY Water thieves in Letcher County are now being prosecuted — some of them on felony charges. At the June meeting of the Board of Directors of the Letcher County Water and Sewer District, Manager Mark Lewis told the board that the first prosecutions are underway. He said that district workers recently conducted an audit of former customers […]

Salome’s Stars

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You dislike waiting for promises to be fulfilled and for commitments to be kept, but resist your headstrong tendency to push things along. Your patience will be rewarded. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Expect continuing opposition to your plans from die-hard detractors. However, your determination to see things through will carry the day. […]

Community calendar

Family reunion July 2 — Riley and Helen Casebolt family reunion at the May Stone Building at Hindman Settlement School. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. A carry-in dinner will be served at noon. A magician will perform at 1:30 p.m. Those attending should bring their own soft drinks and toys/games for their children. To appear in Norton July 2 — […]

Services held for Lula Collins

Lula Bell Bailey Collins, 69, died June 23 at her home in Molina, Fla. A daughter of the late Howard and Opal Madden Bailey, she was the widow of William George Collins. She was a sister of the late Jessie Bailey, Ernest Bailey, Earl Bailey, Roscoe Bailey, Matilda Allen, Liza Jean Collins and Linda May Bailey. Surviving are three sons, […]

Alpha closing mine, tipple

Alpha Natural Resources Inc. is expected to shut down its operations in Letcher and Knott counties later this week. Employees at bankrupt Alpha’s Enterprise Mining subsidiary were notified Monday that Thursday (June 30) would be their last day on the job. Company officials told employees at Enterprise’s Roxana coal preparation plant in Letcher County and EMC9 underground mining operation near […]


RECAPS JUNE 27 – JULY 1 THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL — Ridge had a complete and unexpected change in opinion regarding his and Thomas’ place in Douglas’ life. When Thomas told Caroline about what he wants in the future for him and Douglas, she responded with her own wishes. Following an intense interrogation by Katie, Brooke and Bill grappled […]

Funeral held in Va. Tuesday for Ralph Stanley

Funerals services were held in southwest Virginia this week for bluegrass musician Ralph Stanley. Stanley died June 23 at his home in Sandy Ridge, Virginia, located between Coeburn and McClure, because of difficulties from skin cancer. Although he influenced generations of musicians throughout his long career, Stanley brought his old-time mountain music into a new century when he was featured […]

Whitesburg police plan holiday roadblocks

Whitesburg City Police will hold sobriety and safety checkpoints throughout the Fourth of July weekend. Chief Tyrone Fields said the traffic checks will focus on impaired driving, seat belt use, and car seat use. “Seat belts reduce the risk of serious injuries and death,” said Fields. “Making sure that your child is properly restrained can reduce serious physical injuries or […]