Government shutdown may soon bring hunger and other woes here

The government shutdown could soon hit Letcher County families and businesses where it hurts — in the bellies of children, and the cash registers of grocery stores. Kentucky released federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamp) benefits for February on January 20, more than a week early, because the government is running out of money and would not have been […]

Moments in Time

• On Jan. 24, 1848, a millwright named James Marshall discovers gold along the banks of Sutter’s Creek in California, forever changing the course of history in the American West. Within months, the world’s largest gold rush had begun. • On Jan. 23, 1922, at Toronto General Hospital, 14-year-old Leonard Thompson becomes the first person to receive an insulin injection […]

City police chief shares his story on MLK Day

Rev. Lamb, 94, is thankful to be a ‘hillbilly’

Martin Luther King Jr. dreamed that one day a man would be judged not by the color of his skin, but by the content of his character. “ This is part of the dream, right here,” the Rev. Steve Peake said, introducing Whitesburg Police Chief Tyrone Fields at the Martin Luther King Day luncheon in Whitesburg on Monday. Fields, a […]


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Knott wants more money for water it sends to Letcher

The Board of Directors of the Letcher County Water and Sewer District has been advised to file an application with the Kentucky Public Service Commission to determine if the Knott County Water District has unlawfully terminated its agreement to provide water to the Letcher County District, and if $3 per 1,000 gallons is the lawful rate. That is, if $3 […]

Now Here’s a Tip!

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Va. casino plans gaining traction

Casino backers from Portsmouth to Bristol are joining together to boost the odds of loosening Virginia’s gambling laws. A bipartisan group of lawmakers are promoting pro-casino legislation, arguing that three struggling cities spread along Virginia’s southern border urgently need gambling to help to revive their economies. Republican Sen. Bill Carrico and Democrat Sen. Louise Lucas led a Capitol news conference […]


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County officials learn about 350 homeless children here

On the evening of a day that began with temperatures around seven degrees, the Letcher County Fiscal Court learned there are at least 350 homeless school-age children in Letcher Country who have no permanent place to lay their heads at night. Letcher County Schools Homeless Liaison Virginia Hurst told the court that there is no room left in the Goose […]

Ohio gets almost foot of snow

Hello everyone! Can you believe January is half gone already? I hate to wish time away, however I am ready for spring, or should I say summer, even with the 90-degree temperatures. Mother Nature gave us a gift of almost a foot of the fluffy white stuff called snow. We still have quite a bit left. My son Keith Ballard […]