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1,400 Letcher Co. warrants put into electronic system



Letcher County’s new electronic warrant management system will decrease the time it takes to issue and serve warrants, according to Letcher County officials. The Kentucky Attorney General’s Office funded the implementation of eWarrants in Letcher County as part of a $ 3.9 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (stimulus) grant awarded to the Office of Attorney General in 2009. The […]

No school changes coming — yet



Elementary and middle school students will stay at their current schools for the rest of this academic year, said Letcher Schools Supt. Anna Craft. Craft said rumors have been spreading through the county since the Letcher County Board of Education in July authorized the creation of seven teams made up of parents, teachers, school administrators, board members and community members […]

Ex-UK stars, now pros, exhibiting their skills



A team of former star basketball players at the University of Kentucky who now play professionally were in eastern Kentucky over the weekend to play exhibition games against the University of Pikeville and Alice Lloyd College while awaiting word on talks about ending a players’ lockout in the National Basketball Association. These photos were taken during the Big Blue All- […]

‘Chum’ Tackett to plead guilty



Former Golden Years Rest Home administrator James F. “Chum” Tackett will serve a prison term of two years and two days and repay the federal government $113,547 in entitlement checks he stole from the personal care home’s residents if a plea agreement submitted this week is approved by U.S. District Court Judge Amul R. Thapar. The plea agreement was signed […]

Grand jury says stolen DVDs were presents for poor kids



A Jenkins man accused of stealing DVDs meant to be Christmas presents for underprivileged children is one of five persons named in six felony indictments returned by the Letcher County Grand Jury. The grand jury has charged Kyle Eugene Baker, 28, of 124 Forrest Hill, Jenkins, with theft by deception of more than $500 and being a persistent felony offender […]

Three plead guilty



Three Letcher County men pleaded guilty to criminal charges in Letcher Circuit Court and were each sentenced to probation for two years. Stephen M. Holbrook, 49, of 1555 Highway 317, Neon, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance (prescription drug) in improper container, use/ possession of drug paraphernalia, tampering with physical evidence, failure to wear a seat belt and […]

Dogs, vandals concerns for Fleming-Neon



Vandals and unleashed dogs are creating problems for the City of Fleming- Neon. At its October meeting, the Fleming-Neon City Council discussed remedies which will most likely result in citations issued to vandals and to people who continue to ignore the city’s animal control laws. City Foreman Jake Johnson told the council that although Fleming- Neon residents have done a […]

Officials warn of slow traffic



If you have to be in Lexington or some other location in central Kentucky next week, be sure to allow yourself some extra time for travel. State highway officials said this week that delays will be possible on the Mountain Parkway between the Slade exit and the Wolfe County line beginning Monday (Oct. 17) as a paving project gets underway. […]

Bear euthanized after mishap



A black bear was euthanized Tuesday afternoon after being hit by a car at Ermine. The female yearling was injured at about 12:15 p.m. after being hit while crossing U.S. 119. The bear lay on the shoulder of the highway for about 20 minutes before managing to crawl under a guardrail and hobble to a ditch at the foot of […]


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