2020-07-29 E-Edition

12 new COVID cases here as new rules now in effect

12 news cases reported here

Restaurant owner Brad Shepherd counted heads in Heritage Kitchen in Whitesburg on Monday. Thirteen customers, two less than he’s allowed under the new restrictions to curb COVID-19. Letcher County has seen 12 new COVID-19 cases in the past week, the highest weekly increase since the pandemic began, and state numbers are rising also. Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has again closed […]

School board OK’s new plan to hold online classes only

Board okays online classes

Rising rates of COVID-19 in Letcher County have prompted the Letcher County Board of Education to change its plans for starting school. The board voted on Monday night to approve a recommendation by Superintendent Denise Yonts to hold classes entirely online for at least the first six weeks of the school year. The virtual classes will begin August 26. Previously, […]

Grand jury charges 11

Indictments include charges in fatal wreck

Eleven people are named in 14 indictments handed down by the Letcher County Grand Jury. They are: • Nora Pearl Hall, 37, of 30 Pheasant Drive, Neon, who is charged with first-degree criminal possession of controlled substance (methamphetamine, second offense), use/possession of drug paraphernalia and being a second-degree persistent felony offender. Letcher County Sheriff Mickey Stines testified in the case. […]

The Home Place

Snack Hacks That Really POP

If spending more time at home than usual has you reaching for snacks more often, keep some quick, flavorful options on-hand to help fuel you and your family throughout the day when hunger pangs strike. One versatile pantry staple that can fit a variety of snack cravings: popcorn. With no artificial additives or preservatives, light and airy popcorn is naturally […]

No reason to fear fish with this salmon dish

I’ve found during my years of teaching adults how to cook that the thing they fear most (and ruin most often) is fish. My favorite fish recipe for novice cooks is Italian-Style Salmon cooked in the microwave. The microwave is the perfect way to cook seafood because it cooks food from the inside out and also creates steam, which keeps […]

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Political Cartoon

Struggling merchants, insurers battle over pandemic coverage

Restaurants, bars and other merchants struggling to stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic are desperately reaching out for a lifeline from insurers that in turn contend they are being miscast as potential saviors. Shutdowns and crowd restrictions imposed by state and local governments to limit the spread of the virus have resulted in more than $1 trillion in estimated losses […]

Rural area needs more help fighting pandemic

New COVID-19 infections have shifted increasingly to rural areas, leading some local and state governments to re-impose businesses restrictions. But without more federal aid, many rural areas will have a much harder time recovering from a second shutdown, and that could help trigger a “prolonged, deep recession,” senior economist Olugbenga Ajilore writes for the Center for American Progress. Many studies […]