Is Jenkins ready for a hotel?

The City of Jenkins is expected to join in a study to determine the feasibility of establishing a hotel near the Gateway Industrial Park located adjacent to US Highway 23. Mayor G.C. Kincer told the Jenkins City Council during a special meeting late last week that Lexington hotelier Lloyd Abdoo, formerly of Neon, will pay half of the $3,500 cost […]

County will take late-paying trash customers to court

The Letcher Fiscal Court voted 5-1 this week to take some delinquent garbage customers to court to force them to pay their overdue bills. The court took the measure at its July meeting Monday after District Two Magistrate Terry Adams asked about efforts to collect delinquent garbage bills. Letcher County Judge/ Executive Jim Ward said the sanitation department has been […]

Killer wants sentence tossed

Convicted murderer Jerome Boggs has filed another lawsuit seeking to have judgment vacated in the 2002 shooting deaths of a four-year-old boy and his father. Boggs, an inmate at the Luther Luckett Correctional Institute in LaGrange, pleaded guilty in November 2002 to the murders nine months earlier of Timothy Cook and his son, T.J., during a robbery at the elder […]

Letcher wants better U.S. 460

Pike County has recently been allocated $300,000 in multi-county severance tax money from the Kentucky Department for Local Government (DLG) to conduct a comprehensive economic development study on the construction of U.S. 460. “ This would not have been possible if it were not for the cooperation of the Pike and Letcher county fiscal courts and the Big Sandy Area […]

Hawk serves as foster parent

Master falconer Mitch Whitaker didn’t want a young hawk found in a nearby county recently to have too much human contact, fearing the animal would not make it on its own in the wild if it wasn’t around other hawks. The fowl, thought to have been born in June, was taken care of by the Leslie County Sheriff ’s Department […]

Irene and Eugene Day mark 61st anniversary

Well, this has been an interesting week! My brother, Archie Ray Fields, has been in the hospital with E. coli. Not sure how he got it. He is doing better and with the antibiotics, they have been flushing it out of his system. He should be home by the time the paper comes out. Hazel Rayburn has been in the […]


Chamber seeks nominations

The Letcher County Chamber is seeking nominations for its annual “Unsung Heroes” awards dinner to be held on Sept. l0. Nominations of volunteers who have made an outstanding contribution to their community may be mailed to: Letcher County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 127, Whitesburg, KY 41858. Give a brief description of the contributions this person has made that make […]

Rites held for Viola Mathews

Viola Mathews, 85, died July 15 at Letcher Manor Nursing Home in Whitesburg. Born in Letcher County to the late Ewell and Mandy Adams Hensley, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Jim Hensley, Finley Hensley and Hurl Hensley, and a sister, Sue. Surviving are her husband, Harvey Mathews of Dry Fork; three daughters, Jennifer Nichols, Wise, Va., Joyce […]

Words worth repeating from Benjamin Franklin and Susan B. Anthony

So far this summer, we have heard one confirmed candidate and one thinking-seriously-about-running candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination say they have been called on by a higher power to run for our nation’s highest office. Minnesota congresswoman Michelle Bachmann said God first called on her to run for her seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2006, […]

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