Art, photography are on exhibit at Jenkins Homecoming Festival Days

The Jenkins Public Library and the David A. Zegeer Coal and Railroad Museum will sponsor art and photography exhibits during Jenkins Homecoming Festival Days August 27-29. The displays are for exhibit only and will not be judged. The art exhibit will be hosted by the library and the photography exhibit by the museum; the exhibit venues are located next door […]

Water-filled mine troubles Neon councilman

The City of Fleming-Neon faces a potential disaster from water that has gathered in an abandoned mine directly behind the city, according to a report from Council Member Lucky Cantrell. Cantrell told the Fleming-Neon City Council in its August meeting that an old worked out mine above Abdoo Street holds millions of gallons of water and could break and unleash […]

Two inmates freed, including man whose case helped police bust ex-circuit judge

Two inmates from Letcher County, including one whose case was used to help bring bribery charges against former Letcher Circuit Judge Larry D. Collins, were released from state prison recently. Astor P. Martin, 69, of Democrat, was freed July 27. Martin, who was indirectly involved in a sting which resulted in the arrest and removal from the bench of Collins […]


Court set salaries, hires officers for police force

The Letcher Fiscal Court is a step closer to establishing a county police force to protect people and property at Fishpond Lake and other parks and trails in the county. At a special meeting held August 6, the court voted to officially establish the Letcher County Police Park Unit and set pay rates and other guidelines for officers. Letcher County […]

Woman gets 20 years for role in fatal wreck

A Tennessee woman has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges she was facing in connection with a fatal traffic accident in 2007. Tammy Baker, 33, of Lafollete, Tenn., pleaded guilty to charges of second-degree manslaughter in connection with the death of Jason Allan Robinson, a passenger in her vehicle, and one count of seconddegree […]

Stimulus money paying for widening of KY 15

Funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also known as stimulus money, has come to Letcher County. The long-awaited improvements to KY 15 in West Whitesburg, including widening two bridges, officially began August 6. Signs are up and milling has begun at the intersection of KY 15 and KY 15X in Whitesburg. The project boundaries are from Dayton Street […]

Duck and geese feeders face $50 fine if caught in Jenkins

Signs asking visitors to Elkhorn Lake in Jenkins to refrain from feeding waterfowl now carry more than just a warning. The Jenkins City Council voted unanimously at its August meeting to approve the second reading of an ordinance which prohibits feeding waterfowl around the lake and establishes a citation for the first offense with fines of as much as $50 […]

Settlement school plans Fair Day

Fair Day will take place August 29 at Pine Mountain Settlement School. Registration for exhibits will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. At 11 a.m., there will be games for children and adults on playground area including dart balloons, face painting, fish pond, bean bag toss, ring toss, crow shoot, hole-in-one, lollypop tree, football toss, and sack races. Also […]

Golf scramble set

June Buchanan School will host the Crusader golf scramble at Raven Rock Golf Course on Sept. 12. The scramble will begin at 8:30 a.m. Entry for the four-men teams is $200. For more information, contact Tim Parks at 368-6108, Chris Fleming at 438-6649, or Adam Dials at 634-7157.

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