Cops say man had fake bills



Police officers, including agents with the U.S. Secret Service, have arrested a Colson man and charged him with passing off counterfeit $5 bills. Randy D. Cook, 20, of 103 Ragweed Drive, was charged last week with two counts of first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument after an investigation that was opened by the Letcher County Sheriff’s Department. Cook allegedly […]

Filled boxes needed



Only 1 in 4 women pregnant here will seek prenatal care

New report warns low rate is in 'stark contrast' to state average

A new report says that while the number of pregnant women seeking early prenatal care has fallen dramatically in Letcher County, the county is still showing improvements in other areas that determine the well-being of children, including its high school graduation rate and the number of women who smoke during pregnancy. The findings are included in the 17th annual Kentucky […]

Rites held for deputy



Funeral services were held in Knott County Saturday for a Letcher County sheriff’s deputy who was found dead in his Whitesburg apartment last week. Logan Dwayne Clemons, 33, died in his home on November 6. Kentucky State Police say no foul play is suspected, and that Clemons died of injuries apparently caused by a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Letcher County Sheriff […]

Letcher among many seeking airport



Letcher County isn’t alone when it comes to Kentucky counties seeking a new general aviation airport. General aviation airports have opened recently or will soon in four Kentucky counties and plans to construct eight others are under consideration. The Letcher County Airport Board has set 2011 as the target date for having a new airport in operation here. The 11-member […]

Beshear exercises hands-on approach to leadership role



FRANKFORT Kentucky’s next governor says he’s open to new ideas and bipartisan input – but ultimately, he will make the decisions and stand behind them. “I’m the one in the end who has to give the direction to this government,” said Gov.-elect Steve Beshear, who takes the reins of state government on Dec. 11. “And I’ve got to set the […]

Sheriff warns of scam



If someone calls you on the telephone and says they are raising money to buy equipment for the Letcher County Sheriff’s Office, don’t believe a word they are saying. That’s the message from Letcher County Sheriff Danny Webb, who is warning people this week about a new telephone scam being operated by people claiming to raise money for the sheriff’s […]

Father, son die in mine



HARLAN, Ky. The bodies of a father and son were found inside an abandoned eastern Kentucky coal mine, officials said. Ricky Dixon, 41, and Kevin Dixon, 19, both of Cornettsville, went into the mine on November 10 in search of scrap metal to sell, Harlan County officials said. The men apparently were overcome by a lack of oxygen in the […]

AARP to meet



The Letcher County AARP Chapter will meet at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Blackey Senior Citizens Center. This is the group’s annual Thanksgiving dinner and special guests will be Scott Wegenast and Cathy Allgood- Murphy from the AARP State Office in Louisville. There will be a fund-raising auction so attendees should bring items to be sold. Proceeds […]

Neighboring Virginia most vain when it comes to license plates



RICHMOND, Va. URSOVAIN Virginia. You, too, New Hampshire, Illinois, Nevada and Montana. A state-by-state survey of the popularity of vanity license plates has found that car and truck owners in Virginia are the vainest of them all. Out of the 9.3 million personalized plates on the roads of America, about one in 10 are in Virginia, according to rankings provided […]


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