2020-11-11 E-Edition


— Cousins Ava Tolliver, right, and Connor Hays, left, are rightfully proud of this 63.8-pound pumpkin they helped plant and grow in their family garden at Garner Road in Isom. The cousins, both two, are the grandchildren of Mike and Tena Craft. Connor is the son of Nick and Emily Hays and Ava is the daughter of Lori Craft and […]

Girl, 5, is losing memory to a rare, fatal disease

Loralei was a normal, happy baby. She learned to walk. She learned to talk. Then, at 17 months, something went wrong. “She literally woke up one morning and never spoke again,” said her mother, Brandi Amburgey. Amburgey has two older boys who are on the autism spectrum, so she assumed her daughter was as well, but then she began falling. […]

COVID-19 cases are rising again

40 new virus cases here in seven days

Health officials are urging residents to wear their masks and to wear them correctly as the number of COVID-19 cases in Kentucky continues to rise. As of Monday, at least 82 of the state’s 120 counties have reached a critical point in the pandemic, with more than 25 cases per 100,000. It is unclear what the rate in Letcher County […]

Blackey man still in jail on murder count

Blackey man charged with killing ex-stepson after day of arguing

A Blackey man accused of killing his former stepson during an altercation over the weekend is being held without bail in the Letcher County Jail. Kentucky State Police are investigating the fatal shooting, which occurred just before 9 p.m. Friday in Blackey. The shooting occurred on KY 588 and apparently stemmed from a family dispute. Chad Bolling, 37, has been […]

He’s 91 and still active

Billy Polly, a retired coal miner from Mayking, celebrated his 91st birthday on November 1. Born only three days after the stock market crash of 1929 that caused The Great Depression, Mr. Polly is also a cancer survivor who still enjoys gardening and cutting his own grass. His family says he also enjoys fishing and “drinking his Pepsi.”

4 sentenced after pleading guilty

Four people have entered guilty pleas in Letcher Circuit Court. They are: • Kendra Beth Napier, 42, of Lost Creek, who pled guilty to second-degree burglary, second-degree criminal mischief and use/ possession of drug paraphernalia. Napier was sentenced to a maximum term of five years with 90 days that must be served. The sentence was probated for five years. Napier […]

Vote counts now final in W’burg, F-N races

Five of six Whitesburg City Council members will return to office on January 1 after four of the five were re-elected on write-in votes on Nov. 3. One councilman was defeated in the write-in election, and the sixth filed for candidacy in time for his name to appear on the ballot. In Fleming-Neon, one council seat was left empty when […]

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The Home Place

Holiday festivities with immediate family members or just a few friends rather than larger gatherings may feel different than normal, but you can make the most of the situation with these tips to add intimacy and special meaning to celebratory moments: Use special dishes, glassware and linens to convey the tone of the celebration. Go ahead and use your best […]