County workers keep 2% pay raise



Letcher County workers narrowly held onto a two percent raise in the coming year, thanks to a motion by Fifth District Magistrate Wayne Fleming. At the June meeting of the Letcher County Fiscal Court, the Fiscal Year 2011–2012 budget was presented to the court with the raise left out, but Fleming told his colleagues he had promised at a meeting […]

Blackey Water Plant to shut down



The Board of Directors of the Letcher County Water and Sewer District has voted to de-activate the Blackey Water Plant as long as doing so doesn’t cause the county to lose any funding tied to the plant. The board took the measure at its June meeting at the suggestion of Water Superintendent Mark Lewis, who also recommended putting a permanent […]

Judge tells firm to rehire miner



A federal Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) has ordered Cumberland River Coal Company (CRCC) to immediately reinstate a Letcher County coal miner to his former position with the company. Charles Scott Howard, who lives at Roxana, filed a safety discrimination complaint against CRCC with the Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) on May 16, alleging that he had been discharged that […]

Two get prison terms



Two men have been sentenced to time in jail after entering guilty pleas in Letcher Circuit Court. Letcher Circuit Judge Sam Wright sentenced Mickey Lee Thacker, 39, of 928 Callahan Branch, Kimper, to the maximum term of of 10 years in prison after Thacker pleaded guilty to 20 counts of complicity to criminal possession of a forged prescription, six counts […]

CLOSING ANNOUNCED —



Popular business says it can’t meet rules for selling alcohol, will close



Owners of a downtown Whitesburg restaurant who obtained a limited restaurant alcohol license almost fours years ago have announced plans to close the establishment. Amelia Kirby, co- owner and general manager of Summit City Coffee LLC, notified patrons by email and via Facebook that the doors to Summit City will close August 1. Kirby owns the business with her husband, […]

William Hall dies



William ‘Cookie’ Hall, 80, of Jackhorn, died June 11. Born at Jackhorn to the late Nannie and Mart Hall, he was a brother of the late Ghates Hall, Jessee Hall and Ballard Hall, and a grandfather of the late Rachel Hall. Surviving are his wife, Pearl Hall; three daughters, Diane, Shelia and Lucy Hall, all of Jackhorn; three sons, Jack […]

Donations sought



Boys and Girls Clubs are seeking donations of cars to benefit the organizations. The car do not need to be functional, only to have a title. The cars are picked up and sold at auction. For more information, call (800) 246-0493.

Services are held for Frank Godsey



Frank Godsey, 75, died June 18 at Letcher Manor Nursing Home in Whitesburg. Born in Jackson to the late Wiley and Evalee Jefferson Godsey, he was the father of the late Enoch Godsey and a half-brother of the late Wiley Godsey Jr. He was a member of Millstone Missionary Baptist Church. Surviving are his son, Joseph Godsey, Jenkins; a daughter, […]

Rites are held for John Craft



Funeral services for John Wilson ‘Johnny’ Craft, 92 of Jenkins, were held June 3 in Jenkins. He died June 1 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital, and was buried in Green Acres Cemetery. Born in Letcher County to the late Willie P. and Hattie Hall Craft, he was a brother of the late Paul Craft. He was retired as a welder […]


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