Veolia wants more money to operate city’s waterworks

Multi-national firm says it will quit if city can't come up with $188,687

Veolia Water North America is demanding an extra $188,687 a year to continue its management of the City of Whitesburg’s water and sewerage systems. Tony O’Brien, area vice president for Houston-based Veolia, said the company needs the extra money just to break even on its contract with the city. O’Brien pressed the Whitesburg City Council for an answer to the […]

Pesky black bears continue to visit elementary school

Move over, Mr. Wildcat, a new animal wants to take over the title as mascot of Arlie Boggs Elementary School.   A furry creature referred to by one teacher as “Abe the Bear” in honor of the school’s initials has been seen recently near the school grounds located at Eolia. Bonnie King, a cook at ABES, has spotted a bear […]

Indictments name 6

Six people are named in indictments returned last week by the Letcher Grand Jury. Those named in the indictments handed up August 29 to Letcher Circuit Judge Sam Wright and the charges against them are: • William Ray Mullins, one count of rape, one count of unlawful transaction with a minor (first degree), one count of unlawful transaction with a […]

Unemployment rate falls in July despite fact jobs were fewer

Letcher County unemployment rate fell slightly in July, even though 13 fewer people had jobs here than during the month before. The jobless rate for July in Letcher County was 7.7 percent, down from 8.3 percent in June. According to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Education Cabinet, 8,613 Letcher County residents had jobs in […]

Alleged victim says indictment wrong

There is no truth to recent police and grand jury allegations that a 42-year-old Premium man poured diesel fuel on two women and threatened to “burn them alive,” one of the alleged victims now says. Elizabeth Branham, also of Premium, said the Letcher County Grand Jury had no valid reason to indict Thomas Wade Sizemore on two counts of attempted […]

Eagle sent soaring in honor of miners

High in the Manti-La Sal Forest, a golden eagle soared into the winds on the afternoon of Aug. 30 bearing prayers for the victims of the Crandall Canyon mine disaster. A golden eagle has 7,000 feathers, and Piute lore has it the big bird can deliver a prayer to the Great Spirit with each one. And so, 70 friends and […]

Couple charged with murder sued here by family of victim

The family of a Letcher County man who was brutally murdered last September is seeking civil justice against the couple charged with committing the crime. A civil lawsuit filed in Letcher Circuit Court last month says the family of Jackie Von Quillen should be awarded compensatory and punitive damages against David Shawn Slaven, 31, and his wife, Misty Michelle Franks […]

South Carolina man charged with selling drugs at Sergent

A South Carolina man was arrested here early Saturday morning after police received a tip he was selling OxyContin from a home in Sergent. Ray G. Fowler, 41, of Pauline, S.C., was arrested about 1 a.m. on Sept. 1 after police found “a quantity” of OxyContin in the pocket of his pants. Fowler was charged with first-degree trafficking in a […]

Discount building supplies, parts for mobile homes for sale at Neon

Neon Junction has a new look and Letcher County residents have a new place to buy mobile home supplies and construction materials – some of which are manufactured locally. Surplus & More is the name of a new business located in a renovated shopping center at Neon. The building was once home to the now-defunct Maloney’s discount chain, and was […]

New courts now open for play

Four tennis courts located beside the Whitesburg Municipal Swimming Pool were recently refurbished with funding from the Letcher County Fiscal Court, the City of Whitesburg, the Letcher County School System, and a $5,000 grant from the United States Tennis Association. Letcher County Parks and Recreation purchased new net posts and nets. The $40,000 project will make it possible for Letcher […]

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