Grand jury says man was going to burn two women

Premium man among 22 charged in latest indictments

A 42-year-old Letcher County man has been indicted on two charges of attempted murder after he allegedly poured diesel fuel on two women and said he “would burn them alive.” The indictment naming Thomas Wade Sizemore, of Premium, was returned by the Letcher County Grand Jury on Aug. 23, just four days after he allegedly made the threats. The grand […]

Ex-official gets probation for theft charges

Stole $18,700 for pain pills

Letcher County’s former solid waste coordinator has been sentenced to probation for five years after pleading guilty to stealing $18,700 in funds set aside to pay volunteer groups for picking roadside litter. As part of a plea agreement reached last week, 30-year-old Josh Wampler Jr., who was also Letcher County’s PRIDE coordinator, will have to apply for admission to and […]

Panel doesn’t believe man was acting in self-defense

The Letcher County Grand Jury has determined that a 36-year-old Deane man was not acting in selfdefense when he shot a friend to death after a night of drinking beer together on July 3. The grand jury last week charged Bobby Gene Collins with murder in connection with the death of 37- year-old Mark “Bocky” Adams of Thornton. Collins told […]

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Area colleges ranked among top 10

Two colleges in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System have been ranked nationally among the top 10 of the nation’s community colleges. The Washington Monthly lists Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC) as fifth in the nation and Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKCTC) as eighth. The rankings were based on data in different categories of the Community […]

Council elections set

An election for a Letcher Elementary School Site Based Decision Making Council parent position will be held Sept. 10 and 11 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each at the school. Parents must vote in person.

Jenkins police receive truck

The Jenkins Police Department has received a four-wheel drive truck courtesy of a convicted drug dealer. Former Jenkins Police Officer Brian Damron arrested a man from Pike County who was transporting drugs into Letcher County on November 24, 2006. The police department was able to seize the vehicle the man was operating because drugs were found in the vehicle and […]

School board sets taxes, acts on financial report

The Letcher County Board of Education has voted to increase taxes on real estate by four percent, the maximum amount allowable under Kentucky law without being subject to recall by registered voters. The board met in a special meeting last week to approve a tax rate of 45.4 cents per $100 of real estate. Last year’s tax rate was 46.7 […]

Teachers put on notice by Jenkins superintendent

Jenkins Independent Schools Superintendent John Shook is angry over the way two teachers at Jenkins Middle High School reacted to a broken air-conditioning system at the middle-high school building. When the subject arose at the August meeting of the Jenkins Independent Schools Board of Education on Monday night, Shook said when a broken fan left the building without air-conditioning on […]

Court will meet in special session to set tax rates

The Letcher County Fiscal Court is being forced to call a special meeting this week because neither of the two school districts in the county submitted its tax rates to the court in time for the regular August meeting, Judge/Executive Jim Ward said. Ward told the court at its August meeting last week that he would call the special meeting […]

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