Court officially puts $2 garbage rate hike aside for time being

A proposed ordinance to raise garbage rates was placed on hold this week after the Letcher County Sanitation Department’s budget deficit fell to $41,000. The Letcher Fiscal Court voted in June to raise rates by up to $2 per month, but the ordinance was never presented to the court for a vote. Letcher County Judge/Executive Jim Ward said he now […]

Judge denies Acker killer’s motion

Letcher Circuit Judge Sam Wright has denied the latest attempt by Donald Terry Bartley to avoid serving the rest of his life in prison for his role in the August 1985 murder of Tammy D. Acker and the attempted murder of her father, Dr. Roscoe J. Acker. Wright ruled on September 7 that a previous ruling handed down in 1997 […]

Detroit police say man killed by two robbers

Authorities in Detroit are still looking for two men suspected of murdering a Letcher County man during an attempted robbery last Saturday morning. Police say Jeremy Quintin Cornett, 37, of Jeremiah was killed about 10:20 a.m. on September 15 when he and two other Letcher County men were shot while sitting in a vehicle parked on a neighborhood street in […]


Singer supports jobless miners

Logan Hall, 30, of Virgie in Pike County, walked one mile in each of seven counties located along U.S. Highway 23 on September 12 and 13. Hall walked in Boyd, Floyd, Greenup, Johnson, Pike, Lawrence and Letcher counties before opening a concert by Lynyrd Skynyrd at the Eastern Kentucky Expo Center in Pikeville. “I finally have the opportunity to live […]

Whooping cough at epidemic levels in Ky.; only 1 case is seen here

Whooping cough is at epidemic levels in Kentucky, but only one case has been reported recently in Letcher County. Libby Banks, nursing administrator for the Kentucky River District Health Department, said the case was reported to the health department in late August by a private physician. Banks said the case was followed up and treated by the same physician. She […]

Give blood. You may win $100

The Kentucky Blood Center Bloodmobile will be at Whitesburg Plaza from noon to 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 27. Donors must be at least 17 years old, and weigh at least 110 pounds. The drive is sponsored by Whitesburg Walmart, and each donor will be entered to win a $100 Visa gift card. For more information, call (800) 775-2522.

Memorial held for Mrs. Isaacs

A memorial service was held recently for Eleanor “Tee” Ann King Isaacs, 71, of Okolona, Ky. Born in McDowell, she was a retiree of Jefferson County Public Schools and a member of Cooper Chapel Road Baptist Church. She was a daughter of the late Walter and Mida Halbert King. Surviving are her husband of 51 years, Roy L. Isaacs; children, […]


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