2020-05-06 E-Edition


— “I feel sorry for the tellers” was an often-heard comment on Friday, May 1 as banks all across Letcher County were jammed with autos whose occupants were waiting to cash $1,200 stimulus checks provided by the federal government as part of the COVID-19 relief program. The Community Trust Bank branches in West Whitesburg (pictured above) and at Isom were […]

Letcher County citizens are asked to vote by mail

FREE Preparing now to vote by mail

With the Primary Election just over a month away on June 23, voters should verify that the state has their correct address now, in preparation for receiving postcards explaining how to vote in the coronavirus age. Board of Elections Chairman Ben Chandler said he and others at the state level are “strongly encouraging” everyone to vote by mail, not in […]

Jenkins board votes against the rehiring of Supt. Mike Genton

Genton proud of time spent in Jenkins schools

The Jenkins Independent Board of Education has declined to renew the contract of Superintendent Mike Genton, and will begin the process of hiring a new superintendent this summer. In a closed session held at the end of its April 28 meeting, the Jenkins School Board declined to renew Genton’s contract. When members emerged from the session, they announced that they […]

Deputies: ‘Intoxicated’ women stole from man

Two women charged …

Sheriff ’s deputies arrested two women for burglary after receiving calls that they were intoxicated at an Isom gas station. Letcher County Deputy Sheriffs James Norris and Seth Whitaker were called to the Isom Double Kwik about 11:45 p.m., May 2, after a customer reported several people who appeared to under the influence at the convenience store. Norris said in […]

Two more Isom stores go ‘solar’

3rd to switch soon

While fewer than 1,000 people call Isom home, the community is located at a key crossroads in Letcher County, making it a hub that serves a large number of people in the region. Many people rely on the town’s businesses for their necessities, and see Isom as part of what makes their whole area thrive. With utility rates on the […]

Virtual Graduation

The Home Place

Perfect Pantry Pastas

Constantly seeking out recipe-specific ingredients that may only be used once or twice can be a burden. Instead, keep your home stocked with necessities to simplify dinner prep with dishes made using common household staples. One perfect example: pastas. These recipes for Minestrone Pasta Saute with Ricotta, Creamy One-Pot Spaghetti and Pasta in a Pinch include easily recognizable seasonings and […]

Breakfast in bed will make Mom’s Day

It’s morning. Wouldn’t a fluffy, crisp waffle taste good right now? Keep that thought, and now think about Mother’s Day, coming up on Sunday, May 10. Mom would no doubt be delighted with breakfast-in-bed waffles smothered with her favorite toppings. Dollops of whipped cream and strawberries on top, or real maple syrup flooding the plate. I could go for that! […]

Salome’s Stars

For week of May 11

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) A seemingly stalled romantic situation could benefit from your reassurance that you want this relationship to work. And if you do, use a tad more of that irresistible Aries charm. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) You’re attracted to a situation that appeals to your Bovine intellect. And that’s good. But don’t neglect your […]