2019-09-25

2019-09-25 E-Edition

Local AirBnB rentals helping to make up lost tax revenues

AirBnB rentals helping local tourism

Tax revenue lost by the closing of one of the only two motels in Letcher County appears to have been largely offset by the growth in tourism and Airbnb rentals. According to figures provided by the county, motel tax receipts for the fiscal year that ended June 30 were down less than $800 from the previous year, despite the closing […]

Nurse is charged with stealing pills from the elderly

Grand jury charges seven

A Letcher County Grand Jury has charged a former nurse with multiple felony counts of stealing medication that belonged to elderly patients at Letcher Manor Nursing Home. Emily Brooke Robbins, 46, of Clintwood, Va., is charged with five counts of theft by unlawful taking of a controlled substance and five counts of first-degree criminal abuse. Letcher Commonwealth’s Detective Kenny Terry […]

Football will be back, Jenkins officials pledge


Although the Jenkins High School football team will not complete its current season, this is not the end of high school football for the tradition rich program, school officials say. Athletic Director Damian Johnson explained at the September meeting of the Jenkins Independent Schools Board of Education that after several season-ending injuries for the varsity squad, the school did not […]

Marker will honor black lung victims

The Southeast Kentucky Chapter of the National Black Lung Association invites everyone to attend the dedication of the memorial marker for victims of black lung disease. The event will be held on Sunday, October 13 at 2 p.m. at the River Park in Whitesburg. For additional information contact Anthony Warlick at (606) 633-4871 or at awarlick@mtncomp.org.

Halloween Safe Night planned at Hemphill Community Center


Go to our Facebook page for announcements and pictures posted after each event: www.facebook.com/ pages/Hemphill-Community Center or www.facebook.com/Hemphillblacksheep. We are hopeful this week as we had a good week last week and are hoping for another. We have new possibilities on the horizon. The monthly shape note singing was especially good on Sunday last. We had a boisterous jolly crew […]

Carburetor care for a sixties Chevy Nova


Dear Car Talk: I have been working on my 1966 Chevy Nova II. I recently replaced the fuel pump (mechanical), all filters, all spark plugs and liquids. I’ve also tried tuning the idle speed and idle mixture screws on the carburetor. Unfortunately, the car still stalls on occasion when trying to accelerate quickly or brake quickly. Could it be that […]

Loan forgiveness for teachers, nurses

The federal government may forgive all or part of teachers’ and nurses’ federal student loans if they meet certain requirements. The forgiveness options, according to the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA), include: Teacher loan forgiveness. To qualify, you must teach at least five full years in a lowincome school in an eligible district. Depending on your field, you may […]

Onis Barnett, 70, dies

Funeral services for Onis Barnett, 70, of Blackey, will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, September 26, at Letcher Independent Baptist Church. Visitation will take place at 6 p.m. tonight (Wednesday) at the church. Burial will follow in the Whitaker Cemetery at Blackey. A son of the late Amos Barnett and Jessie Walters Adams, he died September 22 at the […]

MJP teacher makes original proposal


You talk about a way to propose to your girl, Austin Johnson found an original. This is how it came down. The Silly Saints Clown Ministry from Shelbyville, Ind., performed at Martha Jane Potter Elementary on Sept. 12. After the performance they had Ms. Corissa Riffe, one of the teachers at MJP, come forward with some kind of made-up excuse. […]