Closing all schools was proper thing to do, doctor says

Letcher County school officials did the proper thing by calling off classes for one day last week after a student was diagnosed with a drugresistant staph infection, says an infectious disease specialist who practices medicine here. Classes were back in session Monday after workers spent last Thursday using Lysol cleaner to disinfect classrooms, restrooms, lunchrooms and all other facilities used […]

Grand jury indicts 15

The Letcher Grand Jury has returned indictments naming 15 people. Those named in the indictments and the charges against them are: • Verbon Todd Griffie, one count of complicity to robbery, one count of complicity to burglary, one count of complicity to theft of a controlled substance, one count of complicity to impersonating a peace officer, one count of complicity […]


As many as 50 groups, businesses to give treats

Organizers of a Halloween “safe night” in the City of Whitesburg say the event will give children a place to collect treats without being exposed to traffic and other dangers. “They can dress up and go trickor treating with people we know and trust,” said Jenkins storekeeper Ernestine Flint. Flint, who is helping the City of Whitesburg organize the event, […]

Smoking ban brings cash, praise to Letcher County

First Lady Glenna Fletcher came to Whitesburg last week to present a $27,000 check to the Letcher County Health Department for a new program focusing on helping pregnant smokers quit smoking cigarettes. Fletcher, who spoke at the Harry M. Caudill Memorial Library in Whitesburg on October 25, said the new program will consist of simple and evidencebased counseling to decrease […]

Volleyball team falls in state meet

Letcher man held after pot sting

A Letcher County man is among four suspects in federal custody after law enforcement officers intercepted a large load of marijuana in Middlesboro. Tilden J. Crase, who lives both in Letcher County and in Speedwell, Tennessee, was among four men arrested after Operation UNITE detectives and agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration arranged an undercover delivery of processed marijuana […]

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Conway, Luallen lead

The Associated Press LEXINGTON Democrats in races for state attorney general and auditor are enjoying double-digit leads over their Republican opponents with a week to go in the campaigns. Democrat Jack Conway leads Stan Lee, a state legislator, 52 percent to 34 percent in the race for attorney general, according to the Herald-Leader/Action News 36 Election Poll released on Sunday. […]

College’s UNITE Coalition to sponsor basketball tourney

A 3-on-3 “Drug Free” basketball tournament, sponsored by the Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College UNITE Coalition, will be held Saturday, Nov. 3, at the old Cumberland Middle School gymnasium. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. and participation in the tournament is free. There will be three divisions: adult, grades 9 through 12 (high school), and grades 5 through 8 […]

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