Is Fleming-Neon ‘ATV friendly’?

The issue of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) on city streets was raised again at the July meeting of the Fleming-Neon City Council when Councilman Tom Haynes asked if Fleming-Neon was an “ATV friendly” city. In response to Haynes’s question, Mayor Susie Polis said the city has yet to adopt an ordinance to regulate the use of ATVs in the city and […]

Fiscal court looks at letting private firm collect trash

A Letcher Fiscal Court meeting called to look at ways to balance the new budget turned into a discussion about privatizing the county’s garbage service. As the discussion of possible cures for the budget deficit moved on, several magistrates threw out the possibility of franchising the county’s sanitation system and bringing in an outside company to pick up and dispose […]

Funeral held in Burdine for fiddler Kenny Baker

Funeral services were held in Burdine Tuesday for a Jenkins native who played fiddle with “Father of Bluegrass” Bill Monroe for more than 25 years. Kenneth Clayton “Kenny” Baker, 85, of Cottontown, Tenn., died July 8 of complications from a stroke at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin, Tenn. Baker, considered one of the most influential fiddlers in the history […]

Killer bugs not here

An insect being blamed for destroying ash trees in northern Kentucky and southeastern Ohio still has not been found in Letcher County. Lee Townsend, extension entomologist at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, said there is no indication of the emerald ash borer being in Letcher County or surrounding areas. “So far we don’t know of any,” said Townsend. […]


Three named to Midway’s Dean’s List

Three students from Letcher County were named to the spring Dean’s List at Midway College. They are Deana Napier of Neon and Philip Smith and Brian Yates, both of Whitesburg. In order to be named to the Dean’s List, a student must earn a grade point average of 3.60 for the semester.

July has been a big month for birthdays


Hello again everyone, hope you are all doing well and enjoying the summer. It seems like time is passing so fast it will be gone before we know it, so we need to enjoy the seasons all we can. I enjoy all of them because they are all so different. God planned them well. It was good hearing from Iva […]


Bluegrass festival set for July 27-31

Forty-seven musicians are set to perform at a fiveday bluegrass festival in Prestonsburg. The Blue Moon Mountain Bluegrass Festival, presented by The Scott Organization, celebrates the 100th anniversary of Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass. The festival is set for July 27- 31 at the Prestonsburg Equine Center at Stonecrest. Five-day passes are $100. Individual tickets are $15 for Wednesday […]


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