Trash pickup changes may come

An accident in which a sanitation worker narrowly escaped serious injury is expected to bring changes to the way trash is collected in Letcher County. Letcher County Sanitation Dept. driver Larry Sturgill somehow escaped injury on Dec. 30 when the “mini-packer” truck he was driving slid off an icy driveway near Deane and rolled over a hill, crushing the truck’s […]

Coal stocks double, tonnage prices up

Stocks for major coal companies doing business in and around Letcher County reached new highs this week during what America’s top investment magazine called a “perfect storm of severe weather affecting both supply and demand.” The magazine, Barron’s, predicted that coal prices, which have already risen dramatically, will continue on the upswing in 2011. Massive flooding in northeast Australia and […]

Jeremiah man, three others charged after raid for drugs

A Jeremiah man was arrested this week and charged with trafficking in the prescription painkiller oxycodone. Three other men were also arrested after a raid Monday evening on the home of Johnny Michael Mullins, 34, of 3056 KY 7 South. Police say a search of Mullins’s home turned up an undisclosed number of 30-milligram tablets of oxycodone and other prescription […]

Shriners get new van to transport patients

A woman called a member of the Mountain Shrine Club in November to say that she would no longer need the gas money the club had been giving her to transport her child for scheduled appointments at the Shriners Hospital in Lexington. The woman told the club’s outgoing president, Bill Frazier, that she didn’t have a vehicle capable of making […]

Jenkins board accepts audit, seats members

The Jenkins Independent School Board of Education voted unanimously to accept its 2010 audit from Whitesburg Certified Public Accountant Dennis Wayne Fleming at a special called meeting on January 3. Fleming told the board there were no discrepancies in its accounting and said the system is on solid financial ground. Board Chairman Durward Narramore Jr. commented that the system could […]

Ex-governor Carroll rejected as leader of Senate Democrats

FRANKFORT Former Gov. Julian Carroll, now a Democratic state senator, was rejected by his colleagues Tuesday in his bid to become Senate minority floor leader. Democrats instead chose Sen. R.J. Palmer II, a Winchester banker with a reputation as a mild-mannered lawmaker, for the job on the first day of the 2011 legislative session. Carroll, a Democratic firebrand, said his […]

Local police officers will enforce new texting law

Local police officers say they will enforce a new Kentucky state law designed to stop motorists from texting on their cellphones while driving. The ban went into effect at midnight on Jan. 1. Fines are $25 for the first offense and $50 for subsequent offenses. Police say motorists who text while driving act is a manner similar to those who […]

Officers named

The Letcher County Fiscal Court met in a special meeting on January 4 to appoint members of the administrative staff who conduct the county’s day-to-day business. The court made no changes in the current staff. Officers reappointed were: • Deputy County Judge Executive Eddie Meade • Executive Secretary Hettie Adams • Finance Officer D.J. (Doris Jean) Frazier • 911 Director […]


Brothers finally see each other after fighting in Afghanistan

Two brothers who have been serving in Afghanistan for almost a year without seeing each other were able to connect during the holidays, thanks to a visiting commander who heard their story. Sgt. Joel Borchardt and Pfc. James Borchardt are both with the 101st Airborne Division, which is based at Fort Campbell, on the Kentucky-Tennessee line. Brig. Gen. Andrzeg Reudowicz […]

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