Couple convicted of sexually abusing girl, 7



A Letcher Circuit Court jury found a Deane couple guilty of sexually abusing a seven-year-old girl after a three-day trial last week. Carroll Paul Jackson, 30, of 60 Candle Drive, Deane, was convicted of first-degree sexual abuse. Susan Jackson, 28, was found guilty of tampering with a witness after she tried to persuade the child to withhold testimony or falsely […]

Sides dispute what happened in arrest



A 37-year-old Letcher County man was charged with evading police, resisting arrest and criminal mischief after his July 18 arrest in connection with felony indictments returned against him nearly a year ago. Chad Cupps, of Jeremiah, is being held without bond in the Letcher County Jail. Police say he ran from them when they attempted to arrest him on theft-related […]

Help offered to veterans



A field representative of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs will be at the Letcher County Courthouse in Whitesburg from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, August 10, to assist veterans and their dependents filing for federal and state veterans benefits. There is no charge for this service. For more information, call (877) 856-0004.

Youth revival set at Hemphill Baptist



The Hemphill Baptist Church will hold a youth revival at the church starting at 7 p.m. July 24 and July 25 and starting at 6 p.m. July 26. The Hindman Student Ministries Praise Band and the Hemphill Baptist Drama team will perform July 24. Steven Bell will be the speaker. On July 25 ‘Servant’ will perform and Thomas Conley will […]

Golf scramble is postponed



The Letcher County Central High School’s golf scramble has been postponed and has not yet been rescheduled. For more information, call Drenda Cornett at 633- 4455.

Vacation Bible School planned



The Burdine Church of God of Prophecy will hold Vacation Bible School from 6 to 9 p.m. July 27 through July 31. Transportation will be provided. Call 832-4750 or 832-4974 for more information. Jeff Slone is the pastor of the church.

Scholarship being offered



The Letcher County Conservation District is now accepting applications for the Cecil G. Hensley/ James McAuley Scholarship. The $500 scholarship is available to any student who is enrolled in the natures resources field of study, including Geology, Forestry, Ecology, Soil Science, Plant Pathology, Agriculture, Biology, Fish & Wildlife Management, Agriculture Business, Horticulture or Home Economics. Deadline to submit applications is […]

Drug industry, Pfizer lead in health lobbying spending



WASHINGTON The drug industry’s trade group and one of the nation’s biggest pharmaceutical companies reported spending more money than other health care organizations on lobbying in the second quarter of this year. With the fight over President Barack Obama’s effort to revamp the nation’s health care system escalating, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America said it spent $6.2 million […]

River cleanup delayed



A volunteer effort to help clean up the headwaters of the North Fork of the Kentucky River is being delayed for another month. Letcher County’s first-ever participation in the annual River Sweep cleanup campaign will now take place on Saturday, August 29. The event’s local sponsor, Childers Oil Company of Whitesburg, was forced to postpone the cleanup scheduled for July […]

Big dog drags newborn away from home in Nicholasville



LEXINGTON A father was frantically calling 911 to report his missing newborn when he spotted the baby, bleeding from the mouth and clutched in the jaws of a family dog who had carried him from his crib to the heavily wooded backyard. Four-day-old Alexander James Smith was rushed to the emergency room at University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington, where […]


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