104 find work as jobless rate falls

More than 100 people found jobs in Letcher County between March and April, cutting the unemployment rate here to 11.1 percent from its most recent high of 12.3 percent. According to the latest figures released by the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, Letcher County is one of 110 Kentucky counties where the jobless rate fell in April. Nine other […]

Photo on Facebook gets man 10 days

A 20-year-old Mayking man is serving 10 days in jail after he admitted to posting an incriminating photograph of himself on the social networking site Facebook. Michael A. Baker, of 497 Great Oak Road, posted the photo showing himself siphoning gasoline from a Jenkins police cruiser on April 12. In the photo, Baker is kneeling next to a gas can […]

More roadblocks coming

The Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department reports that there were no serious traffic accidents in Letcher County during the Memorial Day weekend. Sheriff ’s deputies were involved in numerous road checks throughout the holiday weekend. Sheriff ’s Lt. Brian Damron said the department will continue to set up road checks during the summer months in an attempt to keep roadways […]

Gas prices have fallen; more cuts said coming

Gasoline prices in Letcher County fell well below the state and national averages to $3.29 a gallon on Tuesday and are expected to fall even more in the next few weeks. Statewide, average retail gas prices in Kentucky have fallen 6.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.51 a gallon on Monday. This compares with the national average […]

New store offers reasons to get outside

Bill and Patricia Bentley love to hike, camp and ride bicycles. When they go on an outdoor adventure outside of Letcher County, they always shop at independently owned outdoor specialty stores. “When we are on vacation, we won’t pass up an outdoor store,” said Patricia Bentley, a special education teacher at Arlie Boggs Elementary School. With the closest outdoor store […]

Music festival raises $5,000 for classroom for autistic children

Organizers of an all-day music festival say $5,000 was raised Saturday to benefit the Letcher County structured classroom for autistic children. Whitesburg physician Van Breeding, who helped organize The Agrestic Music and Arts Festival, said the fund-raising goal was met, despite the event being held on an extremely hot day. He also said the Memorial Day weekend and hard economic […]

Drug suspect had child in car

Police say a Jenkins man was handed pain pills in his car while his two-year-old child was a passenger in the front seat. Letcher County Sheriff ’s Lt. Brian Damron said he was driving past the junction of US 23 and KY 805 in Jenkins around 7 p.m. on May 25 when he saw Betty Brock Fugate, 48, of Cram […]

Hatton family decorates graves


Hello everyone. Hope you are all doing well and keeping cool. It has sure been hot, but I won’t complain. The weather was pretty good all winter. Not a lot of snow and ice, and that was good, so whatever the weather is will be okay with me. Not that it matters. This has been a good week. My son […]


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