Court reinstates Craft’s law license

Former Letcher Commonwealth’s Attorney and current Whitesburg Mayor James Wiley Craft has been “reinstated to the practice of law” by the Kentucky Supreme Court. In a unanimous ruling handed down Aug. 27, the state’s highest court said an investigation of Craft conducted by the Kentucky Bar Association “clearly shows that he is of good and moral character, and that his […]

Five face federal drug counts

FEDERAL JURY INDICTS FIVE — Wayne Rose, of Cromona, hid his face from cameras in Whitesburg Tuesday afternoon after he was arrested on a federal warrant issued after a U.S. District Court grand jury in Pikeville charged Rose, his brother and three other Letcher County residents with conspiring to traffic in the painkiller oxycodone. A former Letcher County official and […]

Coal miner wants roof bolt job back

A hearing was scheduled for today (Wednesday) to determine if an underground miner should be reinstated to the job he claims he was forced out of because he wouldn’t illegally install bolts used to hold up the mine’s roof. The miner, Mark Gray, charges that he was fired from his job at North Fork Coal Co.’s No. 4 mine at […]

50 take part in county’s first River Sweep cleanup effort

A portion of the riverbank of the North Fork of the Kentucky River in Letcher County is cleaner today thanks to about 50 people who spent much of last Saturday helping to remove debris from the area. The volunteers were taking part in River Sweep, an annual riverbank cleanup for the Ohio River and its tributaries sponsored by the Ohio […]

Storybook dream comes true for ‘falconer’

COUNTY’S ONLY FALCONER — Mitch Whitaker, of Roxana, poses with Deuce, a Red-tailed Hawk he legally captured and now uses to hunt game. Whitaker is the only permitted falconer in Letcher County and one of only 60 who are licensed in Kentucky. There are fewer than 5,000 falconers in the U.S. (Photo by Sally Barto) In becoming Letcher County’s only […]

Engineers to meet before officials will act on Payne Gap water line proposal

After a lengthy discussion about the possibility of turning the Payne Gap/Kona Water Project over to the City of Jenkins, a call for a motion to do so by Letcher County Water and Sewer Board of Directors Chair Phillip “Pee Wee” Back was met with silence. The board did vote unanimously in favor of a motion by Richard Carter to […]

Cops will check for city decals

Whitesburg City Police will hold traffic checks in the city limits beginning Thursday to make sure people living or working in the city have purchased city auto stickers. Those caught without a city sticker will be fined $50. Stickers may be purchased at Whitesbur City Hall for $7.50.

U.S. 119 project underway

Work on the first section of the “Valley Floor” US 119 highway project includes construction of a bridge less than two miles into Letcher County near the Harlan County line. Kay & Kay Contracting Inc. of London has been working on the $6.9 million, .77-mile project since March 17. Funding for 80 percent of the project came through federal Appalachian […]


FIRE DESTROYS CLASSIC CAR — A pristine 1974 Chevrolet Corvette was destroyed by fire in Burdine on the evening of Aug. 28. The car, owned by David Rose of Cromona, had just been cleaned and was being prepared as the ride of Magistrate Wayne Fleming, who served as grand marshal for the Jenkins Homecoming Days Parade on Aug. 29. The […]

Seniors learn about winterizing their homes

Three ladies from L.K.L.P. came to the Ermine Center last week to talk about winterizing seniors’ homes, and helping with the heat bills. They were Tammy Whitaker, Bonnie Frazier and Felicia Hamilton. Tammy gave us some good advice about what we need to do. Ladies, we really appreciated you all. Come back again. Linda Jarrett has been on vacation. Maybe […]

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