County can’t use severance funds to pay for tap fees

The Letcher County Fiscal Court will not be able to use coal severance tax funds to pay hook-up fees for all county water customers. The plan, which was initiated by District Five Magistrate Wayne Fleming at the court’s March meeting, would violate the law, said Kim Padgett of the Rural Community Assistance Project. Padgett, who works with the Letcher County […]

Facebook posting results in arrest of Mayking man

A 20-year-old Mayking man was arrested Tuesday after posting an incriminating photograph of himself on the social networking site Facebook. Michael A. Baker, of 497 Great Oak Road, posted a photo on the Internet April 12 of himself apparently siphoning gasoline from a Jenkins police cruiser. In the photo, Baker is kneeling next to a gas can beside a cruiser […]

Prescription abuse bill goes forward

FRANKFORT Unscrupulous doctors who overprescribe painkillers that are being widely abused in Kentucky could be more quickly identified and prosecuted under a bill approved by the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. House Speaker Greg Stumbo, the Prestonsburg Democrat who sponsored the legislation, said the changes are crucial in Kentucky, where nearly 1,000 people are dying from drug overdoses each year. […]

Police say three men were going to steal mine cable

Two Letcher County men and a Perry County man were arrested and charged with trespassing on mine property at Franks Creek near Eolia, where they apparently were attempting to steal mining cable. Robert Shelton, 20, of 51 Honeysuckle Lane, Hazard, James Johnson, 35, and Bruce Johnson, 44, both of 91 Hall’s Branch, Little Colley, were arrested April 8 and charged […]

Students to perform ‘Seussical’

Letcher County Central High School drama students will portray different literacy characters created by the late Dr. Seuss in a production of “Seussical the Musical.” The Cat in the Hat, played by Matt Boggs, will be the master of ceremonies as Horton the Elephant, played by Joshua Stephens, attempts to save all of the Whos in Whoville. Popular Dr. Seuss […]

Thieves strike at Isom

Merchandise located outside Super Dollar in Isom was stolen April 10 and items were also taken one day later from the Isom Vendors Mall, said Kentucky State Police Public Affairs Officer Tony Watts. Watts said hand and garden tools, doghouses, various types of chairs, and plants were taken from Super Dollar. Nothing was taken from inside the store. Watts said […]

Jenkins board OK’s new plan for students in middle school before leaving for conference

The Jenkins Independent Board of Education voted unanimously this week to approve a plan to restructure the Jenkins Middle School by adding Grade 6 to Grades 7 and 8. Superintendent Deborah Watts said Jenkins Middle High School Principal David Lee initiated the plan so sixth-graders could take a broader array of classes. She said students in Grade 6 who are […]

Police say man was cutting casing pipe to sell for scrap

Police have charged a Whitesburg man with destroying casing pipe stolen from a water improvement project at Deane so he could sell it for scrap metal. Shelbert Marion Arnett, 32, of 17 Loves Branch Road, received a one-foot by 20 foot long steel casing pipe belonging to Akins Construction, according to a police citation written by Letcher County Ranger Phillip […]

Coal shipments are down, but earnings are up at CSX

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Higher rates helped freight railroad CSX Corp. boost profits by 14 percent despite a drop in coal shipments. CSX said this week that it earned $449 million, or 43 cents per share, in the first quarter, up from $395 million, or 35 cents per share, a year ago. Analysts expected 38 cents per share, according to FactSet. Revenue […]

Bike project reaches 350

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