Grand jury says 11 copper thieves were a syndicate

Eleven people have been charged by the Letcher County Grand Jury with engaging in organized crime in connection with the theft of copper from AT&T telecommunication lines. Charged with participating in a criminal syndication from December through January are: • Curtis Ricky Halcomb, 46, 36 Mesa Drive, Blackey. • Bobby Shane Sexton, 151 Crases Branch, Letcher. • Anthony Back, 20, […]

Field, courts to cost $1.5 million

The Letcher County Board of Education has voted to submit plans to the Kentucky Department of Education in Frankfort for the construction of a softball field, two tennis courts and a golf putting green to be built at the Letcher County Central High School campus. The softball field, which will be located adjacent to the Letcher County Area Technology Center, […]

Man, woman are indicted for stealing deposit while on the job at McDonald’s

Eight people have been named in nine indictments returned by the Letcher County Grand Jury, including two charged with stealing almost $4,400 while working at McDonald’s Restaurant in Whitesburg. Trina Faye Dunn and Brandon Dwayne Combs are each charged with complicity to theft. The grand jury says Dunn, 45, also known as Trina Faye Jenkins, 886 Copperhead Road, Ermine, and […]

Budget negotiators take money from lt. gov.

FRANKFORT Lawmakers looking for ways to balance a $19 billion state budget said Tuesday they’re eliminating a $30,000-a-year housing allowance for Democratic Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, a relatively small appropriation that was first proposed by Senate Republicans. Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo acquiesced, saying he sees no need for the state to continue paying the stipend since Abramson commutes from […]

Fight at motel involves five, results in arrests of two men

Two Whitesburg men were arrested Sunday evening for fighting at a Whitesburg motel. Jerry G. Collins II, 28, of 10 Bulldog Drive, and Christopher S. McClain, 30, of 157 Smoot Creek, were both charged with seconddegree assault. Collins was also charged with second- degree criminal mischief, menacing and resisting arrest. Letcher County Sheriff ’s Lt. Brian Damron said five people […]

Jenkins board urged to feed kids breakfast while at their desks

At one time it was generally forbidden for students to eat at their desks in most schools, but as the importance of school nutrition has become more evident, things have changed. The Jenkins Independent Schools Board of Education learned at its March meeting that a new program that takes breakfast foods directly into morning classrooms has more than doubled the […]

Shannon Banks celebrates birthday


Hello everyone. Hope you are all doing well and enjoying the great weather. We did have a bad storm Friday night, but I don’t think it did any damage. Just a lot of rain and thunder and lightning and it didn’t last long. I enjoyed talking to Shirley Sizemore the other day. I was sorry to hear her sister had […]


Madeline Draughn succumbs at 79

Madeline Fugate Draughn, 79, of Leburn, died March 22 at the Knott County Health & Rehabilitation Center. Born at Vest to the late General and Ethel Conley Fugate, she was a sister of the late Delbert Fugate, Phillip Fugate, Garner Fugate, Jackie Brooks and Jessie Young. Surviving are her husband, Kelly Draughn; two sons, Chris Draughn and wife Kathy, Pinetop, […]

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