2020-04-29 E-Edition

School, fire departments team for deliveries

Volunteer firefighters gathered outside Cowan Elementary School to pickup meals for delivery to students’ homes while classrooms are closed. The school is partnering with Gordon, Kingscreek and Sandlick volunteer fire departments to deliver food after the school district stopped using buses to deliver the meals. The schools have continued to provide lunches for students after the COVID-19 pandemic forced schools […]

Patients face new regulations as they return for doctor visits

There won’t be any stale, waiting-room magazines or sitting next to someone who coughs constantly when patients return to doctors’ offices this week. In fact, there won’t be waiting rooms at some facilities. Letcher Countians began seeing their doctors face-to-face this week for the first time in more than a month after Gov. Andy Beshear signed an order releasing some […]

Circuit and district courts will not open before end of May

Letcher courts still on hold

Criminal and civil courts in Letcher County and the rest of Kentucky will remained closed for all but emergency cases until at least the end of May. A new order issued last week by the Kentucky Supreme Court continued a previous order requiring many hearings to be held by telephone or video conference, excusing jurors who are ill and extending […]

Drive-through test ID’s 2nd COVID-19 patient

2nd virus victim doing ‘very well’

A free drive-through testing event in Pike County uncovered a second positive test of COVID-19 in Letcher County. The 57-year-old man is self-isolating at home, according to the Kentucky River District Health Department. The new case was announced Sunday. District Health Director Scott Lockard said the epidemiologist who interviewed the man said he is doing “very well” at home, and […]

Need $$ help?

Many banks, credit card issuers and other lenders have promised to help those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. They’re offering to defer or reduce payments and waive interest charges and rebate fees for those who have lost jobs, had their hours reduced or otherwise lost income to the COVID-19 crisis. The help usually isn’t automatic, however. You have to ask […]

New this week: Movies, music and TV

It’s good to see familiar faces and hear familiar voices, and several are returning this week in ways retro and new. JoJo, Kenny Chesney and Offset are among those with new projects out this week, while Indiana Jones will be back fighting Nazis and hating snakes on network TV. There’s plenty of new arrivals headed to devices this week as […]

‘If It Bleeds’ gives King fans four new stories

Book review

“If It Bleeds,” by Stephen King (Scribner) I like to think of Stephen King as a high-paid starting pitcher. Between starts — bestselling novels often thick enough to be doorstops — he works in the bullpen, writing novellas. Over the years, many of those have been made into movies that are now essential parts of the King canon like “Stand […]

Salome’s Stars

For week of May 4

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) The Lamb is usually excited about taking on a new challenge. But if that’s a touch of doubt you’re feeling, maybe it’s you telling yourself to go slow on this until you learn more about it. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Accepting new commitments when you haven’t yet finished the batch on hand […]