Grand jury indictments name 6

A Letcher County grand jury says a 34-year-old Pike County man caused serious physical injury to his ex-wife when he assaulted her in a hospital parking lot at Jenkins. The grand jury last week returned an indictment against Robert Eugene Stewart Jr., of Draffin, charging him with second-degree assault and second-degree possession of a controlled substance. Stewart is accused of […]



Leadership conference planned

The 22nd annual East Kentucky Leadership Conference will be held in Hazard April 23 and 24. The conference will be held at Hazard Community and Technical College. Early bird sessions are scheduled for April 23, and the annual awards dinner will be held in the First Federal Center. The awards show will follow and will be taped by WYMT-TV for […]

Water advisory lifted on 10th day

State officials on Wednesday afternoon lifted a drinking water advisory issued 10 days ago to about 4,000 water customers in Letcher County. The state Division of Water sent out the advisory February 16 after diesel fuel was found seeping into the North Fork of the Kentucky River at Mayking. The advisory asked that residents only use the water for flushing […]


The woodpecker didn’t let Sunday’s snow and cold weather interfere with its efforts to find find food living in this tree on Pine Mountain.

Jury will probe gas companies’ practices here

The Letcher County Grand Jury will meet on March 5 to begin an investigation of natural gas companies operating in Letcher County. Letcher Commonwealth’s Attorney Edison G. Banks II said the grand jury will hear from witnesses regarding gas companies’ compliance with regulations.

Judge tabs Wallace Bolling to fill rest of coroner’s term

Letcher Judge/Executive Jim Ward has appointed Wallace “Spanky” Bolling Jr. to finish the unexpired term of former Letcher County Coroner John Cornett, who was forced to resign recently after pleading guilty to a drug offense. Bolling has been a deputy coroner in Letcher County for the past two years and has served as acting coroner while Cornett was under criminal […]

Opponents say bill would weaken mine safety law

Several Kentucky citizens and labor groups are asking Kentucky lawmakers to defeat a proposal to weaken a key mine safety law. House Bill 119 would reduce the number of emergency medical technicians (EMTs, also known as mine emergency technicians or METs) required at smaller mines. Currently the law requires that two EMTs be available at all times when miners are […]

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