Acker killer will stay in prison until death



Donald Terry Bartley, 51, is shown in this One of Letcher County’s most notorious killers has been denied parole and is expected to spend the rest of his life in prison. A request for parole by confessed murderer Donald Terry Bartley, 51, was denied Nov. 2 by the Kentucky Parole Board. Bartley will spend the rest of his life in […]

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9 from Letcher charged in drug bust



Nine suspected drug pushers in Letcher County were among more than 300 alleged dealers arrested in a crackdown on a multi-state prescription pill pipeline, a bust that Kentucky officials say is the largest in the state’s history. The 322 suspects arrested on Oct. 28 were among about 500 suspects who face charges related to illegal trafficking of prescription drugs in […]

Seven already show interest in running for county offices



While Nov. 4 was the first day to file for county offices in the May 2010 primary election, seven persons had already picked up papers from the Letcher County Clerk’s Office indicating they would run for office. Letcher County Judge/Executive Jim Ward was the first to pick up filing papers (on Oct. 30). Ward was followed by six others, including […]

Indictments returned



The Letcher County Grand Jury has charged five men in seven indictments, including a Whitesburg man named in three true bills. John Tate Maggard, 23, of 51 Peach Drive, is accused in the three indictments of possessing forged checks in the amounts of $600, $900, and $200, drawn on the Community Trust Bank checking account of Larry and Hester Maggard. […]

Students still got meals despite school’s closing



When school is closed because of illness, students who depend daily on a lunchroom meal aren’t usually served one by school staff. Letcher County Public Schools Supt. Anna Craft worried about students being hungry on the recent days school was closed. Craft decided to pilot a program to feed students when school is canceled because of a low attendance rate […]

MCHC working to get historical marker for Scotia miners



The respiratory clinics of Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation recently submitted an application to the Kentucky Historical Society to have an historical marker made in honor of those who died during the Scotia mine disaster in 1976. “It’s something that needs to be remembered in a respectful way and needs to not be forgotten,” said Mike Caudill, chief executive officer of […]

PRIDE honors LCCHS, Donour



Letcher County Central High School and LCCHS teacher Regina Donour were honored recently at the PRIDE Envi Youth Conference at the East Kentucky Expo Center in Pikeville. Donour won the PRIDE Environmental Educator of the Year Award in the East Division. LCCHS received a plaque as one of three finalists for the PRIDE High School Campus of the Year Award […]

Jenkins residents to see higher water bills



The residents of Jenkins will see a water rate hike in the near future, following action taken by the Jenkins City Council at its November meeting. Mayor Charles Dixon told the council the rate hike was tied to a $500,000 loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Agency and if the council did not approve the rate adjustment, […]

Woman, 44, killed in wreck at Ermine



A Deane woman died Monday night of injuries she suffered in a two-vehicle collision at Ermine. Dorothy Baker Sturgill, 44, was pronounced dead at 7:12 p.m. on Nov. 2 by Letcher County Coroner Wallace Bolling Jr. at the Whitesburg hospital. Sturgill was a passenger in a Ford Aspire being driven by Melissa Adams of Spring Branch at Jeremiah. Bolling said […]


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