Driver, 19, charged with leading police on chase

Police have arrested the driver of a small pickup truck who led them on a 20- mile chase in the Jeremiah area last week. Sgt. Brian Damron of the Letcher County Sheriff ‘s Department said 19-yearold Ethan Kisor of Blackey faces several charges after his July 6 arrest, including five charges of first-degree wanton endangerment and reckless driving. Kisor, of […]


Rock and country musician Billy Joe Royal, right, performed his Sixties’ hit “Down in the Boondocks” and other songs at a free Fourth of July concert and fireworks show sponsored by the City of Whitesburg. The event was held at River Park, near the Whitesburg hospital. County music band The Kentucky Headhunters are scheduled to headline a similar celebration on […]


The Rotary Club of Whitesburg recently inducted four new members. Pictured are (left to right) Theresa Howard, acting Whitesburg postmaster; Debra Lucas, internal auditor at Whitaker Bank Whitesburg/Hazard; Dena Sparkman, chief executive officer for Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital; Bessie Shepherd, a retired nurse from Appalachian Regional Hospital; and Barbara Ison, Rotary Club of Whitesburg president. The Whitesburg Rotary Club is […]

Letcher students are named to HCTC Dean’s List

Letcher County students named to the Dean’s List at Hazard Community and Technical College for the spring semester are: Jessica D. Adams of Hallie, LaRanda Kathleen Baker of Thornton, David Blake Breeding of Isom, Hiram Shane Campbell of Cornettsville, Brittany R. Cornett of Blackey, David J. Day of Ermine, Bobby D. Dixon of Hallie, Curtis Wayne Shell of Isom, Alex […]


This Snow King cauliflower grown by Henry Madden measures 28 1/2 inches around and 9 inches across. This type of cauliflower is difficult to grow in this area, and this is a prize-winning size.

Obama nominates officials to head MSHA and OSM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. The Obama administration nominated officials this week to head two key agencies that oversee the health and safety of the nation’s 392,000 miners and environmental issues at thousands of surface mines across the country. The choice of former United Mine Workers union official Joe Main to head the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration raised little concern. But […]

Vacation Bible school planned

The McRoberts Missionary Baptist Church will hold vacation Bible school from 6 to 8:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, July 6-10. The theme is “Operation Space: A Close Encounter with God’s Word”, and it is open to children ages 4 through teens. Friday evening parents are invited to a dinner and a presentation, and on Saturday morning there will be a […]

New hours

The Office of Employment and Training will have new office hours beginning August 1. The hours will be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The office is located at 65 North Webb Street in Whitesburg.

Jason Ray Ison surrenders, then is indicted on 15 counts

Jason Ray Ison was indicted on 15 new charges Tuesday, a day after he walked into the Letcher County Sheriff’s Department and turned himself in to face charges filed after two traffic accidents, including a hit-and-run wreck, near Premium on Memorial Day. Ison, 25, of 212 Hancock Drive, Whitesburg, is charged with five counts of wanton endangerment, five counts of […]

Feeding ducks soon to be illegal at Jenkins Lake

People who visit Jenkins Lake to feed ducks, mallards and geese may soon be cited and fined if they continue to feed the birds. The Jenkins City Council voted unanimously at its July meeting to approve a new law prohibiting people from feeding the ducks and mallards in hopes the migratory birds will head farther north. Margaret Lewis, of Lakeside […]

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