Neon citizens are asked not to hoard water

Facing a water shortage that is already at the critical level, the City of Fleming-Neon is calling on residents not to make things worse by “hoarding water.” Carlos Phillips, superintendent of the city’s water department, told the Fleming-Neon City Council Monday night he couldn’t guarantee how long the current water supply will last. “We’re about out of water,” said Phillips. […]

Drought still on

At least 17 to 20 inches of rainfall during the next three months is needed to help eastern Kentucky pull out of the current drought, according to officials at the National Weather Service in Jackson. Letcher County is 15.47 inches below normal in the amount of rainfall it has received from November 1, 2006 to December 7, 2007, according to […]

Letcher has state’s second-worst rate for injuries in ATV accidents

Forty-three Letcher County residents were injured in all-terrain vehicle accidents between 2001 and 2005 – the secondhighest rate in Kentucky. have them,” Kentucky State Police Trooper Tony Watts said of the vehicles. “We have mountain terrain which makes them more dangerous when they ride them.” Pike County had 80 ATV injuries during the same period, the most in the state. […]

250-pound bear dies after running into side of a car

A 250-pound black bear was killed near Jenkins last week, apparently after it ran into the side of a car traveling on U.S. 23. The bear, a male, was killed about 6:30 p.m. on December 6, said Frank Campbell, an officer with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “It was evidently just a bear out on the move,” […]

Want to help the needy this Christmas? Here’s how

‘Tis the season to give. Below is a list of ways in which you can help others in Letcher County this holiday season. • Letcher Manor Nursing Home – Pick a name from the Christmas tree at the nursing home and buy a resident a gift he or she wants. The gifts may include robes, nightgowns, slippers or purses. Presents […]

Craft’s Colly couple say loggers stole oak trees; police are investigating

Authorities have opened an investigation into the alleged theft of 32 oak trees from property belonging to an elderly Ermine couple. Marvin Potter, 81, and Verna Potter, 77, told police a crew of loggers came onto their property last month and cut and removed red and white oak trees valued at more than $50,000. One of the trees was at […]

Court votes to upgrade water plant, OK gas well

The Letcher County Fiscal Court voted unanimously to allow the Letcher County Water and Sewer District to use slightly over $10,000 which was left over from the Dry Fork Water Project to make maintenance improvements at the Blackey Water Plant. Water and Sewer District Director Greg Pridemore made the request at a special called meeting of the fiscal court on […]

New dock is open at Fishpond Lake

A 100-foot boat and fishing dock is now open for use at Fishpond Lake. The multi-purpose dock can accommodate 14 to 16 boats at any given time and people can fish from various points on the dock, which is lined with handicapped railing. “It was very important to make the dock handicapped accessible to allow all citizens access to enjoy […]

Wreck badly injures driver

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