Bettering the view from above

Workers from HOMES Inc. of Whitesburg were busy early Tuesday afternoon working on one of two platforms being built to enhance the view at two overlooks near the top of Pine Mountain. The projects are part of the Letcher County Tourism Commission’s recentlyannounced plan to improve tourism attractions that already exist in Letcher County. Workers say the platforms should be […]


THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL — Quinn returned to work at Forrester Creations hoping to have all of her problems with Sheila very far behind her. Sheila found herself a job at Il Giardino so that she could remain in Los Angeles and keep her eye on her beloved Eric. Needing some extra assistance taking care of the day-to-day duties […]

Jenkins, state discuss road dangers; council addresses blighted property

Discussions are underway between the City of Jenkins and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to address the dangerous situation that has caused numerous accidents on US 23 on the Kentucky side of Pound Mountain. Jenkins Police Chief Jim Stephens reported that city officials have spoken with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet about placing a sign on US 23 in relation to the […]

Salome’s Stars

Your 7-day horoscope for week of October 9 ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Although you love being the focus of attention, it’s a good idea to take a few steps back right now to just watch the action. What you see can help with an upcoming decision. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) “Caution” continues to be your watchword […]

County to sue state over minerals tax

New calculations made in Frankfort in the way unmined minerals are assessed for taxes have forced the Letcher County Fiscal Court into joining other coal-producing counties in a lawsuit to challenge the unmined minerals tax rate. The court will also take the unusual step of asking special taxing districts in the county such as the Letcher County Health Department and […]

My ‘world premiere’ at the Pine Mountain’s 100th Sharp Celebration

One hundred years ago American doughboy soldiers were crossing the Atlantic Ocean to help the British, French, and other Allies defeat the Germans and other central powers in World War I. In that same year — 1917 — Cecil Sharp, the greatest English folk song collector, crossed the Atlantic the other way to collect about 1,000 Appalachian versions of ballads […]

Former school board member Richard Lee Kincer dies at 73

Funeral services for Richard Lee Kincer, 73, of Deane, will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, October 7, at Letcher Funeral Home in Whitesburg. Visitation will take place from 6 to 10 p.m., October 6. Burial will follow funeral services at Green Acres Cemetery at Ermine. A son of the late Garnard Celdon and Reba Brooks Kincer, he died September […]

2017-10-04 E-Edition

Whitesburg Middle, Jenkins Elementary lead county schools on statewide exam

Letcher County Schools surpassed the state in most subjects at every grade level in the percentage of proficient and distinguished students, according to test scores released last week. However the district and some schools still lag far behind, particularly in math and in reading at some grade levels. Percentages for the Jenkins district, which includes only one school at each […]

Roots Projects finale a success

Go to our Facebook page for announcements and pictures posted after each event, www.facebook.com/ pages/Hemphill-Community Center. The grand finale for the Back to Our Appalachian Roots Project was such a success. We had a great time with the gardener, the quilters, the food preservers, the knife maker, the woodworker, the open fire cookers, the shape note singers, and the butter […]