Voters select new board members and city officials

Two new members were elected to the Letcher County Board of Education in Tuesday’s General Election. New members were also elected to the city councils in Whitesburg and Jenkins. Melinda “Mendy” Boggs defeated incumbent school board member Mike Harris and Bobby D. Lewis in District Four. Boggs received 557 votes. Harris garnered 517 votes and Lewis 505 votes. In the […]

Copper thieves get probation

Six people were sentenced in Letcher Circuit Court recently, including two men who were placed on supervised probation after pleading guilty to stealing copper telephone wire belonging to AT&T. Guilty pleas resulted in two other defendants also being placed on supervised probation and two sentenced to time in jail. • Cecil James Slone, 32, of Blackey, and Bobby Shane Sexton, […]

Clerk accused of helping boyfriend rob gas station

Police say a Fleming-Neon convenience store clerk helped her boyfriend and another man rob the store two weeks ago. Carly Austin, a clerk at the Double Kwik Marathon, took $1,452 in cash from the register around 9:25 p.m. on Oct. 24 and gave the money to her boyfriend, Michael James Aumiller, 25, of Seco, said Fleming-Neon Police Captain Tim Miller. […]

Speeders, tall trees bother Jenkins council

Members of the Jenkins City Council want something done about vehicles speeding through the town and trees growing too close to utility lines. At the council’s November meeting, several council members expressed concerns about speeding in the city. Council member Terry Braddock said speeds are especially excessive on the lower end of Main Street toward Burdine and member Rebecca Terrill […]


We take having water and electricity for granted


Hello everyone. Hope you are all doing well. I want to offer my sympathy to the family of Shirley Collins. I didn’t know she was a neighbor of mine when she was growing up. She was a daughter of the late Myrtle and Lonzie Halcomb, and had been in Chicago for a long time. She was a sister of my […]

Social Security helps veterans, active duty military every day

November 11 is more than just a national holiday; Veterans Day is a time to honor the men and women who risk their lives to protect our freedom. We at Social Security ask you to join us in saluting the men and women of the armed forces. Be sure to say “thank you” to a veteran on this important day. […]

EKU wins mock trial tourney

Two Letcher County residents are among the members of Eastern Kentucky University’s Mock Trial Team, which took first place in the Robert E. Sanders Kentucky Classic Tournament on Oct. 26- 28. Anthony Sean Potter, a political science and anthropology major, and Matthew Boggs, and chemistry major, participated in the tourney. In the Great American Mock Trial Invitation held in Washington, […]

Square dance

The Carcassonne Community Center square dance will be held from 8 to 10 p.m., Saturday, November 10. Music will be by Lee Sexton, Ron Smith and Jack Adams with caller Erin Cokonougher-Stidham. For more information, call Dale Johnson at 633-2092 or Jon Henrikson at 633-7958.

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