County prosecuting citizens who won’t pay their trash bills

Letcher County Judge/Executive Jim Ward cautioned delinquent garbage customers this week to make arrangements to pay their overdue bills before they are taken to court and face even more costs. Ward’s warning was given during Monday night’s meeting of the Letcher Fiscal Court after County Attorney Jamie Hatton reported that he has begun prosecutions on sanitation customers with seriously delinquent […]

12 sentenced after guilty pleas

Twelve people were sentenced recently by Letcher Circuit Judge Sam Wright after they pleaded guilty to a variety of felony charges. They are: • April Jeneane Smith, 31, of 361 #4 Hill, Jenkins, who pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree assault and disorderly conduct. Smith, who served 11 days in jail, was sentenced to supervised probation for two years […]

Grand jury indicts six, hears murder charges

The Letcher County Grand Jury heard testimony last week in connection with the Dradrick “Drad” Fleming homicide, but did not report on whether it has returned indictments against the man and woman accused of murdering him. Murder charges against Fleming’s wife, Stephanie Yvonn Jones Fleming, and her lover, James Ray Maggard, were referred to the grand jury after a preliminary […]

County lists preferences for severance funding

The Letcher County Fiscal Court this week adopted the following “Coal Severance Project Priority List” for the 2013-14 fiscal year, which begins next July 1. The recommendations may be changed by the Kentucky General Assembly. 1. Project B499, $150,000 (2013) for the Deane Water Project, Mill Creek Section. 2. Project B466, $50,000 (each year) City of Fleming Neon operations, improvements, […]

Letcher grand jury charges six with having ‘bath salts’

Four Jenkins area residents and two from Pike County have been indicted in Letcher County under Kentucky’s new law banning possession of the stimulant drug known as “bath salts.” The six were arrested by Jenkins Police officers on April 29, about five weeks after a new state law banning the possession and sale of synthetic drugs was signed into law […]

Kids’ Day bash set for July 27 at River Park

The Letcher County Kids’ Day Back to School Bash will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, July 27, at River Park in Whitesburg. The event is free and will include pony, fire truck and train rides; inflatables; the Letcher County 4-H raptor program, a watermelon eating contest; a stick pony race; a petting zoo; water recreation; […]

MSHA cites Eolia mine after investigation into cause of worker’s death

Federal mine safety offi- cials have cited a coal company for violations related to the death of a worker. The Mine Safety and Health Administration cited the Hubble Mining Company LLC Mine No. 9 at Eolia in Letcher County in relation to a modification made to a personnel carrier and allowing it to be used in a dangerous way. The […]

Sisters gather for lunch at the grill


Hello everyone, hope you are all doing well. Has everyone been getting rain? I hope so. My son Rob in Owensboro said they weren’t getting any and they sure needed some for the farmers and also for their pretty flowers. We sure have appreciated getting some. It was much needed. I want to say hello to my son Astor ‘Red’ […]


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