Murder victim’s wife faces new charge after hooch found in jail cell

A Millstone woman accused of helping to murder her husband in June is facing new charges after she apparently attempted to drown her sorrows with “Gatorade wine.” Stephanie Yvonne Jones Fleming was charged with first-degree promoting contraband after five bottles of a homemade alcoholic beverage known as “hooch” were found underneath a mat in her cell in the Letcher County […]

Officials testy at Jenkins meeting

The September meeting of the Jenkins City Council was exceptionally contentious as Mayor G.C. Kincer and Councilman Terry Braddock had two heated exchanges and Jenkins resident Carl Addington said Kincer had lied to him over what Addington said was a promise that he be hired to put on the closing fireworks display at the Jenkins Homecoming festival. The meeting proved […]

Grand jury charges 14 with drug trafficking

The Letcher County Grand Jury has returned 23 indictments naming 14 people on drug-trafficking charges. Buddy Dean Sexton, 74, 115 Memory Lane, Whitesburg, is charged with first-degree trafficking in cocaine while possessing a firearm, having a controlled substance not in original container while possessing a firearm, second-degree possession of the painkiller hydrocodone while possessing a firearm, and third-degree possession of […]

Sheriff says bronze markers stolen from the graves of vets

A Letcher County man who allegedly sold 12 stolen military markers to a scrap metal dealer in Isom surrendered to police Tuesday night. Harley Jack Slone, 30, of Isom, was charged with violating graves and 12 counts of receiving stolen property — all felony charges — in arrest warrants obtained last week by the Letcher County’s Sheriff ’s Department. Letcher […]

Car show a big draw

Automobile enthusiasts from as far away as Canada rolled through the streets of Whitesburg over the weekend. They came to show off their vehicles at the Heritage 2K12 Truck and Car Show, which took place last Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The main staging area for the automobiles was the parking lot behind Food City. An estimated 300 motorists participated in […]

4-H wins ribbons at state fair

Blair Branch

Hello everyone! I hope this finds each of you doing well. Michael and our boys are doing well. I’m doing a lot better than I was. I’ve had a head cold for the last three weeks, ever since we came back from the state fair. We spent Aug. 16, 17, and 18 there with the Letcher County 4-H. Bailey and […]


Aldine Whittaker dies at 87

Aldine Suggs Whittaker, 87, died July 20 at her home in Alexandria, Va. Born in Bakewell, Tenn., she was a daughter of the late William Preston and Sarah Jane Riner Suggs. She lived in McRoberts until she turned 14. Surviving are her husband of 69 years, Albert Edgar Whittaker; her six children, Annetha Harris of Haymarket, Va., Brenda McMahon of […]


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