Owners of Mayking store charged with drug trafficking after search



Officers with the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department arrested the owners of a small Mayking store and charged them with drug trafficking just days after the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) extended its ban on several chemicals used to make synthetic recreational drugs that are often sold as incense and bath salts. TFX owners Cheryl Nicole Vandyke, 32, and Mark […]

Ex-mayor, others say site in Jenkins full of toxic waste



After years of speculation, the City of Jenkins may soon learn the extent of toxic waste pollution from the old mine repair shops which remain in the city center. At the March meeting of the Jenkins City Council, Mayor G. C. Kincer said he had spoken with 93rd District State Representative Keith Hall of Phelps in Pike County, who Kincer […]

Judge sentences Collier



Letcher County Circuit Judge Sam Wright followed the jury’s recommendation and sentenced a 32-year-old Jenkins man to 10 years in prison in connection with the shooting death of his neighbor. A jury convicted Samuel Todd Collier of second- degree manslaughter on Feb. 17 after deliberating for more than six hours and recommended he serve 10 years in prison for shooting […]

New plan gives grants to mountain students




FRANKFORT Appalachian students would have a fresh source of money to pay for college under a measure approved by the House Education Committee on Tuesday. The proposal, which now goes to the full House for consideration, would provide grants of up to $6,000 a year to students attending a handful of private colleges in the mountain region. The proposal is […]

Students will perform play this weekend



Death takes Mrs. Fields



Phoebe Fields, 93, died March 1 at her home at Little Cowan. A daughter of the late Cleveland and Kate Smith Adkins, she was the widow of Nelson Fields and the mother of the late James C. Fields, William H. Fields, Richard B. Fields and Delmer J. Fields. She was a member of the Little Cowan Primitive Baptist Church for […]

MSHA missed problems at mine




MORGANTOWN, W.Va. Federal inspectors either missed problems at West Virginia’s Upper Big Branch mine or failed to inspect the areas where they existed in the 18 months before a deadly 2010 explosion, but an internal review concludes there’s no evidence those failures caused the disaster. The Mine Safety and Health Administration posted the report online Tuesday after briefing relatives of […]

Gasoline, oil prices fall



NEW YORK Gasoline prices finally dropped Tuesday after 27 straight days of increases. The nationwide average for regular unleaded slipped less than a penny to $3.764 per gallon. That ended a streak of price hikes that began on Feb. 8. Pump prices rose by more than 28 cents per gallon in that period, making gasoline the most expensive ever for […]

County wants ‘spec’ building



The Letcher County Fiscal Court is seeking $1 million in multi-county coal severance tax funds to build a new “spec building” a the Gateway Industrial Park in Jenkins. Letcher County Judge/Executive Jim Ward said the Gateway Park Industrial Authority believes it has lost two prospective tenants because no spec building is available and said one needs to be built as […]

‘The Cat’ visits Letcher students




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