Ex-circuit judge accused of theft

A former Letcher Circuit judge who was at the center of a public corruption scandal here more than 16 years ago is facing new criminal charges. Larry D. Collins, who became the first sitting circuit judge to be indicted in Kentucky when he was charged with accepting bribes in 1992, was arrested in Lexington recently after being charged with making […]


A female mallard waited patiently while her brood of 12 ducklings tried to negotiate a steep curb on a sidewalk in downtown Whitesburg last week.

County to buy health building

The Letcher Fiscal Court hopes to alleviate crowded working conditions in the county courthouse by moving some offices to a nearby building that will soon be vacated by the Letcher County Health Department. The court voted unanimously at its April meeting this week to buy the building which is located directly behind the Letcher County Courthouse on Broadway Street. The […]

Police say robbers invade home, tie up man, woman

Police say three robbers tied up a man and woman at a house near Letcher late Monday night and took an unknown amount of prescription medicine, cash and a cellular phone. Kentucky State Police say the house is owned by Truman Jent Jr. and is located at Highway 2036 at Pratt Branch. Jent and a woman whom police did not […]

Political Cartoon

Selling those already covered

The hardest group to sell on national health reform is those who don’t desperately need it. That would include Americans who already have coverage through a workplace, about 160 million in all, and are reasonably happy with their deal. The comfortably insured are always the target for scare-talk about rationing, loss of choice, higher taxes and government takeovers of health […]

The first hundred days

Watch out. Everywhere you look, the talking heads are going to be talking about Barack Obama’s first hundred days. Did he end the war in Iraq? Not yet. Turn the economy around? I’d have to say not yet. The EPA has been making moves, and there’s a new proposed rule on stem cell research, although the last time I went […]

The perfect cable newscast

“Breaking news — and you have it here first on FoxCNNBC. “We’re getting reports of new developments in the high-seas drama off the coast of Africa. In another dramatic twist, a Sunday school teacher charged with molesting a pirate’s child was forced into a lifeboat at gunpoint. “Sources at the Pentagon say the pirates are escaped convicts from a prison […]

Growing fear over higher costs looming over climate debates

WASHINGTON As Congress begins to debate climate change in earnest, the science is taking a back seat to economics: How much will it cost to slow the Earth’s warming because of man-made pollution — and what’s the cost of doing nothing? With a key House committee starting four days of hearings, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, vowed to get a […]

Industrial site would be better as shopping center

To the Editor: The City of Jenkins is facing an economic downturn, the most the town has ever seen. Yet it should be booming with hundreds of new jobs, because Jenkins lies on the valuable US 119 and US 23 Junction, making it a very suitable and profitable new business location. However, the city and the four-county ownership of the […]

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