Grand jury may get murder case later this week

Family sets service for Fleming

Investigators with the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Office are expected to appear before the Letcher County Grand Jury on Thursday to testify about evidence they have collected while conducting their investigation into the June 20 beating or burning death of Dradrick “Drad” Fleming. After considering the testimony the deputies will present against the two suspects in the case — Fleming’s […]

Council will tackle alcohol laws

The Whitesburg City Council will hold a series of meetings in July and early August to adopt new regulations required as a result of the June 26 vote to expand alcohol sales in Whitesburg. Mayor James Wiley Craft told the council at its July meeting Tuesday night that the margin of almost 3-1 in the vote showed forward thinking and […]

Cops look for inmate who ran after elevator broke

Police are still looking for an inmate who escaped from the Letcher County Jail Saturday evening after an elevator malfunctioned. Letcher County Jailer Don McCall said one of seven inmates riding in an elevator with a deputy jailer around 5:30 p.m. on July 7 figured out a way to push a button and open the elevator door on the main […]

Black lung disease more potent than ever

Ray Marcum bears the marks of a bygone era of coal mining. At 83, his voice is raspy and his forearms leathery. A black pouch of Stoker’s 24C chewing tobacco pokes out of the back pocket of his jeans. “I started chewing in the mines to keep the coal dust out of my mouth,” he says. Plenty of that dust […]

Squash pickles good with soup beans


Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center: “Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” James 1:3-4. Patience is not one of my greatest virtues and the last couple of weeks have proven that fact. High temperatures bring out […]


Fruit, vegetable contest Aug. 2

The Letcher County Extension Office will be hosting the annual Fruit and Vegetable Contest on Aug. 2. Ribbons will be awarded for first through third places in each category. Categories are: fruit — apples, pears, plums, peaches, strawberries blueberries, and grapes. Vegetables — potatoes, tomatoes, watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumbers, sweet corn, field corn, bell peppers, hot peppers, beans, pumpkins, summer squash, […]

Services held for Marvin Watts

Funeral services for Marvin ‘Mojoe’ Watts were held July 3 at Cedar Grove Old Regular Baptist Church. Burial was in the Watts family cemetery at Hallie. A son of the late Carlus and Ora Watts, he died July 1. Surviving are his wife of 33 years, Joan Watts; two children, Jessica Beth and Joshua Ryan; a grandchild, Daulton Lee; a […]

Church services are set

The Charlie Logan Friendship Church will hold services every other Sunday beginning July 15. The services will begin at 2 p.m. On July 15, dinner and refreshments will be served after church. All friends and guests are welcome. Those attending should bring a covered dish. For more information, call Buell Craft at 633-5462 or Billy Seals at 633-4686.

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