County officials blast federal EPA

Accusing the federal Environmental Protection Agency of committing “administrative malpractice” and “egregious overreach upon the coal industry,” the Letcher County Fiscal Court this week adopted a resolution demanding the agency speed up the issuance of coal mining water permits in eastern Kentucky. The resolution, signed by Letcher County Judge/Executive Jim Ward and adopted Monday night during the court’s May meeting, […]

Voters re-elect Nichols, Short; say no to Obama

A small percentage of Letcher County’s registered voters showed up at the polls Tuesday to give their nod of approval to two incumbents. A third current officeholder did not fare so well. Letcher Circuit Clerk Margaret Nichols and 92nd District Representative John W. Short easily won the Democratic Primary Election. However, Democrats voted against President Barack Obama by a margin […]

Hutton will be sentenced by Wright on June 13

Formal sentencing is scheduled for June 13 for a former state championship high school basketball referee who was convicted on drug trafficking charges last week in Letcher Circuit Court. The Letcher Circuit jury which convicted 61-year-old Tommy Hutton on two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance has recommended that he be sentenced to 15 years in prison. The […]

Music festival will benefit class for autistic children

An all-day music festival will be held this Saturday in Whitesburg with proceeds benefiting the Letcher County structured classroom for autistic children. The Agrestic Music and Arts Festival will begin at 11 a.m. on May 26 at River Park in Whitesburg. Admission is $10 at the gate and $8 if purchased in advance. Whitesburg physician Van Breeding, who has helped […]

All Letcher students will eat breakfast free

All students in the Letcher County Public School System will eat breakfast and lunch free this coming school year. “If we can break even, we can’t afford not to do this for our families,” Letcher Schools Supt. Anna Craft said this week during the May meeting of the Letcher County Board of Education. The board on Monday night approved participating […]

City pool will open

The Whitesburg Municipal Swimming Pool will open Memorial Day weekend. Opening day will begin at 11 a.m. and last until 6 p.m. on May 26, the same operating hours it will use seven days a week throughout the summer season. Admission is $3.50 per person. Group rates for 20 or more people are available. Season passes cost $100. Two-hour private […]

Aaron Tippin to play here

Country music performer Aaron Tippin will headline the Letcher County Mountain Heritage Festival in September. Tippin, 53, will perform in Whitesburg on Saturday, Sept. 29. Tippin, whose career was jumpstarted when his 1991 debut single for RCA, “You’ve Got to Stand for Something,” became a favorite of Gulf War soldiers, was born in Penscola, Fla., and reared in Traveler’s Rest, […]

Kevin Day celebrated birthday recently


Hello everyone. I hope you are okay and having a great day. It’s been a good week except for the funerals. They are always sad, especially if they are old friends. One of our Marlowe boys, Bill King, died. I went to his funeral. He had been a friend of ours about all of his life. It was good seeing […]


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