Cancer patient gets his wish

Phillip McCray has been looking forward to driving his truck to school today (Wednesday), which is the first day of his senior year at Letcher County Central High School. Circumstances are much different for the 17-year-old from Pine Mountain than they were at this time last year. Last summer, Phillip developed a mass on the left side of his neck […]


Missing mural of mascot upsets some in Jenkins

Jenkins residents used to seeing a mural of a Cavalier mascot emblazoned on an old railroad overpass wall near the Jenkins High School were surprised last week when they come into Jenkins from US 23 and saw the image no longer there. Members of the Jenkins Independent Board of Education said they were shocked to see the image had been […]

Jobless rate is up a little, but still below last year’s

Unemployment rose slightly in Letcher County between May and June but is still lower than it was at this time last year, according to new statistics released by state government. According to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, Letcher County’s jobless rate rose to 10.5 percent in June, up […]

Jury says two intimidated drug witness

Two men charged with intimidating a witness in a drug investigation are among seven people named in indictments by the Letcher Grand Jury. Bruce C. LeBrun, 58, 1306 KY 317, Neon, is accused of using hand gestures of pointing and firing a handgun at the witness on May 14. In a separate indictment, the grand jury says Joe Phillips, KY […]

Motorcycle crash kills Virginia man in Jenkins

A Virginia man died in a motorcycle crash in Jenkins on July 29. Kentucky State Police said Jimmy Travis Walker, 40, of Clintwood, Va., was operating a 2006 Suzuki motorcycle on U.S. 23 at 6:41 a.m. when he attempted to pass another motorist and struck a 1999 Kenworth tractor/trailer truck operated by Bobby D. Morris, 47, of Whitesburg. Police said […]

Beshear, Williams both face ethics complaints

FRANKFORT Kentucky’s two major gubernatorial candidates were accused this week of violating state ethics laws, each by the chairmen of opposing political parties. Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear was accused by Republican Party Chairman Steve Robertson of pressuring state government employees for campaign contributions. Republican challenger David Williams was accused of not reporting gambling winnings on a financial disclosure form. Those […]

Middle school team visits NFL camp

Bengals, college are hosts

The 53 players and seven coaches who make up the Letcher County Cougars Middle School football team got the red carpet treatment at Georgetown College on Monday, where they watched the Cincinnati Bengals practice during training camp. The trip was a team-building exercise to give the players, 29 seventh and eighth grade students and 24 fifth and sixth grade students […]

Hattons back from Tennessee vacation


Hello everyone. I hope you are all doing well and keeping cool. It has been so hot I’ve mostly stayed inside. I am so sorry for all of the deaths we have been having. Our sympathy goes out to the family of Ben Fisher, only 21 years old. His mother, Margaret Kincer Fisher, graduated with my son, Astor. His grandmother, […]

Blackey Day approaching

Blackey Day, Oct. 15, is fast approaching and the Blackey Improvement Committee is quite busy getting ready for the big event. We have some new members and they and our other members are all working together to make this the best Blackey Day ever. We have our Blackey Day t-shirts, sweats and caps on sale to the public at Kat’s […]

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