Flash flood hits Little Cowan

Preston Maggard was using a laptop computer in his grandmother’s living room when water pushed open a set of French doors and flood waters began gushing into the room. Janet Napier was in her kitchen putting away groceries around 3 p.m. on July 25 when water made its way into her house at Little Cowan. Her husband, Johnny Napier, was […]

Nine post offices being ‘reviewed’ for closings here

The Postal Service is considering closing more than 1 in 10 of its post offices nationwide, including 131 in Kentucky and nine in Letcher County. The financially troubled agency announced Tuesday that it will study 3,653 local offices, branches and stations for possible closing. Those slated for review in Letcher County are Burdine, Deane, Eolia, Hallie, Jackhorn, Partridge, Premium, Roxana […]

2nd rest home official among eight indicted

A second former administrator of Golden Years Rest Home in Jenkins has been indicted here on felony charges. The Letcher County Grand Jury returned an indictment against 25-year-old Jonah Tackett on two counts of bribing a witness, two counts of tampering with a witness and three counts of theft by failure to make required disposition of property, all Class D […]

Friends, teachers say wreck victim was good student and tough athlete

A former Letcher County Central High School football player died from injuries he suffered in a two-vehicle wreck on July 23. Benjamin P. Fisher, 21, of Whitesburg, was pronounced dead at 7 p.m. on July 24 at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn. Fisher was operating a 1999 Pontiac passenger car at 12:32 a.m. on July 23 when he […]

Driver killed near county line

A Laurel County man died Monday after the tractor-trailer he was operating overturned near the Knott/Letcher county line. Kentucky State Police said Chester Smith, 46, of London, was traveling north on Highway 15 at Redfox at 8:35 a.m. when the 2001 Peterbilt tractor and trailer suddenly veered off of the road and hit a guardrail before overturning. The rig, owned […]

Judge urges water board to recruit new customers

Questions about hiring parttime workers, replacing antiquated billing software, collecting past due accounts, and adding new customers to enhance operations all came up at the July meeting of the Letcher County Water and Sewer District. Board Chairman Phillip “Pee Wee” Back also used the meeting to issue a statement defending the quality of water coming from the Knott County Water […]

Negative answers on teacher survey trouble Jenkins board chairman

Negative responses from Jenkins school teachers participating in a statewide survey concerning working conditions in their schools prompted a strong response from Board Chairman Durward Narramore Jr. at the July meeting of the Jenkins Independent Board of Education. Narramore said some of the responses are of concern, but added that the small staff size at Jenkins means that five or […]

City pool will open weekends through August

A back-to-school bash will be held at the Whitesburg Municipal Swimming Pool from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. on August 1. The event will include a cookout with hamburgers. Admission is $2. The pool will be open on weekends in August. Regular admission is $3.50. Swim 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturdays and 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. on […]

Funeral in Texas Friday for Letcher native

Funeral services will be held in Texas this week for Letcher County native Martha Marie Hall Strain, 80. Mrs. Strain, of Needville, Texas, died Saturday night in Richmond, Texas. Her funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Davis-Grennlawn Funeral Chapel in Rosenberg, Texas. Interment will follow in the Greenlawn Memorial Park. Mrs. Strain, who was born February 1, […]

Marlowe people gather for Willie funeral

Hello everyone. I hope you are all doing well and keeping cool. I attended the funeral of Roberta (Brown) Willie a few days ago. It was good seeing all the Browns, but I wish it had been under different circumstances. Her brother, Ralph Brown of West Liberty, was all dressed up in a white sport coat and hat. I told […]