Janice Cornett dies at 80

Janice Jewell Caudill Cornett, 80, died in Bowling Green on April 13. Born at Mayking, she was a daughter of the late Arlin and Verna Caudill. She was first married to Rufus Fugate, and they had five children. Mrs. Cornett was a member of the East Dayton Baptist Church in Dayton, Ohio, and a former member of the Holiness Church […]

Services held for Hoby Johnson

Funeral services for Hoby Johnson, 67, of Deane, were held April 10 at Carty Funeral Home in Neon. Burial with military rites was in the Meade-Johnson Cemetery at Deane. Born in Whitesburg to the late James Johnson and Gladys Hall Johnson, he died April 6 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. He was the widower of Carol Sue Meade Johnson, a […]

Creamy beans make perfect companion for this shrimp dish

Northern Italians combine their beloved white, or cannellini, beans with a seemingly infinite variety of ingredients. Shrimp and white beans may seem like an unusual combination, but it is utterly traditional. The dish consists of beans lightly cooked with shrimp, vegetables, and herbs until the flavors blend. The combination works to great effect; the sweetness of the mild, creamy beans […]


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County judge, sheriff pledge to punish illegal dumpers as citizens call for clean county

Spring cleaning in Letcher County is turning up truckloads of litter thrown out along the roadsides and in yards, and officials say those who won’t stop trashing the county will face jail time or fines. Residents have been complaining about the increase in garbage, and have been posting pictures on social media in attempt to draw the attention of local […]

Meet your favorite characters at breakfast Saturday

A character breakfast featuring appearances by Spider-Man, Batman, Black Panther, Supergirl, Cinderella, Belle, Ariel, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Elsa, Cookie Monster, Doc McStubbins and Lambie will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 20. Those attending are invited to wear their favorite costumes. The pancake and sausage breakfast will take place at the Letcher County Extension Office […]

Combine sweet potato to the tang of biscuits

It was only a matter of time before sweet potato-loving Southern cooks combined the fluffy texture and pleasant tang of biscuits with the earthy sweetness of this popular tuber. To add this potato’s natural sweetness to biscuits without weighing down the dough, we microwaved the sweet potatoes, which eliminated their moisture while concentrating their flavor. After mashing the flesh, we […]


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Jailer Slone, other officials are right to focus on litter


Like most of you, we have been appalled in recent years at the increase in litter along our roads and streams in Letcher County. While the county’s litter problem improved greatly in the early 2000s, we have slipped backward since then, with some roadside ditches filled to capacity with fast-food litter, plastic bottles, bleach jugs, tires, and used needles. Hillside […]

Moments and Memories of WHS

1955Orchestra names The following names have been suggested for Jack Taylor’s Orchestra: Mickey Bowen submitted “Star Dreamers”, Leslie Pennington, “The Hypsters”. Other suggestions are “Jack Taylor and His Easterners”and “Taylor’s Troubadours”, “Kentucky Cardinals and Taylor’s Warblers”. The orchestra will play at the Colonial Club at Hazard Saturday night, April 9, and at the VFW Whitesburg on the 16th, schedule alternating […]