Mayor says Neon’s creeks need dredged in wake of flooding

Mayor Susan Polis said last week’s flooding of downtown Neon served as a reminder that creeks flowing through the town need cleaning. “The creeks just couldn’t hold the water,” said Polis. “Our creeks need to be dredged in the worst way. We have been trying ever since I was mayor of this town to come up with who could do […]

Dam appears safe for now, judge says

A water dam specialist with the state Division of Water is scheduled to inspect an old silt pond on Company Branch at Craft’s Colly this week after county officials declared a state of emergency over fears the dam might collapse. An overflow culvert located near the center of the dam, estimated to hold six-million gallons of water, stopped up on […]

Elementary libraries will get upgrades

Libraries at three Letcher County elementary schools are expected to be upgraded soon. Fleming-Neon, Letcher and West Whitesburg elementary schools have been awarded more than $330,000 as part of an Improving Literacy Through School Libraries Grant through the United States Department of Education. “It is one of the best things that has happened to our schools in a long time,” […]

Little Dry Fork is latest area to get good water

Treated water is now available in the Little Dry Fork area. Water Superintendent Tim Reed told the Letcher County Water and Sewer District Board at its June meeting that he has installed several meters in the area. He said four new customers have also been added to the Copperhead Road line in Craft’s Colly. Reed added that he recently spoke […]

New judge assigned

FRANKFORT A fourth federal judge has been assigned the case involving bribery and conspiracy charges against road contractor Leonard Lawson and former Kentucky Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert. The first three judges disqualified themselves last week, citing potential conflicts of interest. This week, the case was assigned to Judge Karl Forester, who is on senior status, or semi-retirement. Nighbert is accused […]

Prestonsburg talks smoking ban

PRESTONBURG, Ky. The City of Prestonsburg is considering an ordinance that would ban smoking in all public buildings despite opposition that says the move could hurt the city. WYMT-TV reports that the Prestonburg City Council agreed this week to draft an ordinance at the behest of a group called “Breathe Easy, Floyd County.” The proposed ban has drawn opposition from […]

River cleanup delayed

Letcher County’s River Sweep cleanup was rescheduled from June 20 until July 25 after heavy rains swelled the headwaters of the North Fork of the Kentucky River and flooded many of its tributaries. River Sweep is a riverbank cleanup of the Ohio River and its tributaries, including the North Fork. The cleanup effort encompasses the entire length of the river, […]


Two valedictorians were recognized at commencement exercises at Letcher County Central High School. Devin Blair (left), son of Manis and Cindy Blair of Blackey, will attend the University of Kentucky in the fall. Josh Profitt (center), son of Barry and Stephanie Profitt of Isom, plans to attend Alice Lloyd College. Salutatorian Brittany Frazier (right) will attend Eastern Kentucky University. She […]

Basketball camp set

The Betty Noble Acevedo girls’ basketball camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 29 to July 2 at the Knott County Sportsplex. Alice Lloyd College head basketball coach Betty Noble Acevedo, local coaches, and current and former ALC players will teach at the camp. For more information, call (606) 368- 6127 or e-mail bettynoble

Southeast students are graduated

Four hundred and thirtyfive students received degrees and diplomas at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College in May. Letcher County students who completed requirements for degrees and diplomas include: Mark Aaron White, associate in applied science – criminal justice, Jenkins; Tabitha J. Adams, associate in applied science – nursing, Isom; Diane W. Anderson, associate in applied science – nursing, Deane; […]

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