Illness shuts schools in Letcher, Jenkins

Four schools in the Letcher County Public School District are canceled for the remainder of this week because of flu-like symptoms and other illnesses. All classes in the Jenkins Independent School District are also canceled for Wednesday (today) and Thursday because of flu-like symptoms and illnesses. Letcher Schools Supt. Anna Craft said Beckham Bates, Letcher and Martha Jane Potter elementary […]


Letcher County Court Clerk Winston Meade hosted an open house last week in the new expanded area of formerly occupied by the sheriff’s department. Meade (left) is pictured with State Sen. Johnny Ray Turner who was being interviewed by Bob Scott, production director of WXKQ 103.9, during a live broadcast held at the clerk’s office. Related story appears inside. (Photo […]

High-speed chase ends with arrests of two men

Two Letcher County men were arrested last week after leading police on a high-speed chase that ended in Blair Branch. Whitesburg Police Sgt. Tyrone Fields said he was driving on the Whitesburg Bypass around midnight Oct. 22 when he saw a vehicle traveling at an “extreme high rate of speed with one headlight.” Fields said he turned his Crown Victoria […]

Services held for Judge Wood, 55

Funeral services were held in Whitesburg Monday for Judge James Talton Wood Jr., the longest sitting district judge in Letcher County history. Wood, 55, died Oct. 21 at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington after a long illness. He had officially retired January 30 after 16 years on the bench as judge of Kentucky’s 47th District, but remained on the job […]

Veterans aren’t soliciting money here

Letcher County Sheriff Danny Webb said he has received several complaints about a young man going door to door in McRoberts saying he was collecting money for veterans. “No one was authorized to do so,” said Webb. Webb said anyone who recently gave money to the unidentified man is asked to call the sheriff’s department at 633-2293.

Va.’s highest point makes for a unique environment

ABINGDON, Va. There’s no road to the summit of Mount Rogers, elevation 5,729, Virginia’s highest point. To get here on foot, you climb four hours through boulder-dotted meadows and hardwood forests until, at last, you enter an environment unfamiliar to lowland dwellers. The 700-acre cap of this mountain is a blustery place on an overcast fall afternoon. It’s the domain […]

Jenkins board wants all schools under one roof

Students in the Jenkins Independent System could find themselves going to a brand new school in the near future if negotiations between the Jenkins Board of Education and the Kentucky Department of Education (DOE) are successful. At the board’s October meeting this week, Board Chairman Durward Narramore Jr. said he and Superintendent Deborah Watts had been in Frankfort to hear […]

City renews pact with Veolia Water

Customers with delinquent bills will be disconnected after 90 days

The Whitesburg City Council voted unanimously this week to extend the city’s contract for water and sewer services with Veolia Water at a price of $967,000 per year. The vote came Tuesday night after Mayor James Wiley Craft told the council that he had spoken with Veolia officials and asked that the contract period be changed from five to two […]

Two arrested after three are assaulted at Millstone home

Police say a man and two women were treated for injuries they suffered after being assaulted in a Millstone home last week. Kentucky State Police were notified of the assault at the Millstone home of Thomas Bates around 1:30 a.m. on Oct. 22. Police say Bates suffered a cut in his right cheek after he was assaulted with a knife […]


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