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Court takes new look at ‘process’ for trash disposal



The Letcher Country Fiscal Court is revisiting the possibility of “processing” the county’s garbage rather than hauling it away to a landfill. The presentation by Waste Reduction Technologies (WRT) during a meeting of the fiscal court on Monday was the same one presented last August and made little impact on the Millstone residents who were again in attendance. Citizen responses […]

Woman charged in fatal wreck



A Whitesburg woman has been named in an indictment charging her with second-degree manslaughter and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs. An indictment naming Shelia Renae Collins, 35, of 7035 Campbranch, was unsealed April 17 after she was arrested. Collins was driving a 2004 Ford Mustang southbound on KY 7 near Colson at 7:35 p.m. last Nov. […]

Funeral held for inmate who died after falling ill



Funeral services were held this week for a Letcher County Jail inmate who died in the Whitesburg hospital emergency room. Terry Christley “Chris” Cantrell Jr., 55, was pronounced dead by Letcher County Coroner Marty Baker at 5:05 p.m. on April 21. Kentucky State Police say Cantrell, who was in and out of consciousness and vomiting, was transported to the Appalachian […]

Prison’s summer closing date worries Wheelwright




WHEELWRIGHT After a sex scandal at a privately run prison in Floyd County, the state cut off the institution’s funding and now it’s shutting down — and that worries officials in the town of Wheelwright where incarceration meant jobs and economic survival. With Otter Creek Correctional Center set to close in the coming months, Mike Goeing, who runs Family Drugs […]

Man, 20, pleads guilty to robbing Little Colley store last September



A 20-year-old Letcher County man has pleaded guilty to robbing a Little Colley grocery store last September. Roger Allen Miles pleaded guilty to an amended charge of second-degree robbery, which is a class C felony, on April 16 in Letcher Circuit Court. Kentucky State Police say Miles flourished a small caliber handgun and demanded that Anna Maggard, co-owner of Maggard’s […]

Neighbors say man is harassing them through ‘Speak Your Piece’



A Colson man has been named in a criminal complaint filed by his neighbors. Albin and Joella Watts say Astor Martin, 72, of 8784 Highway 7 North, has harassed, annoyed and alarmed them by making rude and vulgar gestures including “grabbing his crotch and shaking it and using the middle finger salute.” In the complaint, the Wattses also accuse Martin […]

Mark Wright claims top agency manager award for second straight year



Mark Wright, agency manager of the Letcher County Agency for Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance, has been named 2011 Agency Manager of the Year for District Five. This is the second consecutive year that Wright has won this award. The District Five Agency Manager of the Year award recognizes excellence in overall sales production, satisfactory loss-ratio, service to policyholders and an […]

New work on tap at Artwalk



Intricate cabins and barns made by a Knott County man are the newest additions to the 229 Underground Gallery during the Redbud Artwalk this weekend. Jerry Howard’s son wanted to know what his great-grandparents’ house looked like and Howard only found a few photographs to show him. Howard’s son suggested he make a three-dimensional model of the homeplace. Howard, a […]

Surgery leads to complication

Southern Ohio

Hello again everyone! What has happened to our beautiful warm weather? It is very cold here in the Harrison area. My, how time flies when you are having fun, although I could ask the question is it fun yet? Actually I have been having fun, I am back to my old tricks, I have decided to change my name from […]


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