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Grand jury indicts 4 on 8 counts



Four men are named in eight felony indictments returned recently by the Letcher County Grand Jury. An 18- year- old Eolia man is charged with rape, three counts of unlawful transaction with a minor (second degree), and three counts of unlawful transaction with a minor (third degree). The grand jury says Caleb Ronald Sexton, of 7849 US 119 S, engaged […]

Police looking for Isom robber



Police are looking for a man who robbed an Isom convenience store at knifepoint early Monday. Kentucky State Police said in a news release that a man wearing a blue knit cap and a green facemask entered the Isom Double Kwik at around 12: 45 a. m. on Feb. 13, brandished a knife and demanded money. Police said the clerk […]

Neon OK’s pump buy



The Fleming-Neon City Council has approved the emergency purchase of a pump for the city water plant and discussed improvements for the town’s“kiddy park.” The council also discussed rehabilitating several city sidewalks and installing new rims for the city’s basketball goals. Mayor Susie Polis presented an invoice from Boggs Municipal Service totaling $18,684.13 for a high pressure service pump to […]

Cats leave trail of bruised psyches



We arrive at a place in winter when fans aligned with a college team in Kentucky can bask a little, brag a little, second-guess a little, plan a little and expect a lot more. With a run of 17 wins in a-row, Kentucky (25-1) is at the top of all it surveys once more — a lofty perch Big Blue […]

Wrestlers honored



The Letcher County Central High School Cougar wrestling team hosted Senior Night recently. Jenkins High School and Perry Central High School wrestlers attended the event. Seniors recognized are C.J. Philpot, Jordan Gibson, Brandon Gibson and Ethan Hogg. The senior wrestlers have had an outstanding year with their most recent accomplishments being at the Payless Duals hosted by Eastside High School […]

Health offices face tough budget cuts



More cuts to Kentucky’s public-health system have been proposed at a time when the demand for services is growing, officials say. In his state budget proposal, Gov. Steve Beshear suggested public health cuts of 8.4 percent in each of the next two budget years, the same cut he recommended for most other state agencies. “ It’s going to have an […]

Why the rabbits left their holes



Blair Branch has two major tributaries. As you go up the hollow, half a mile from the mouth, Little Blair Branch bears off to the right, which when I was growing up was mostly inhabited by Blairs. Another half mile up, Still House Branch bears off to the left. Still House Branch was exclusively Adams territory except for Watson Blair […]

Cold, cough grab hold and won’t let go



Woke up to a beautiful snow on Saturday. Wasn’t able to go out. I’ve been sick for over a week, as well as my husband and several others. This old cold and cough grab hold and won’t let go. I thought I was tough, but I found out it is tougher than I am. Big Cowan Linda Ann Fields Adams, […]

Ermine seniors get health information



Winter finally arrived with a vengeance! I hope everyone stayed warm. A young man from MCHC came to our center this past week. He checked blood pressure, gave us some health brochures and good bags with pedometers, pens, nail files and measuring spoons. He showed us a new kind of lift cushion that you can use in any chair. I […]


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