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Earthquake here is 4th-largest in Kentucky history

The fourth-largest earthquake recorded by instruments in Kentucky’s history occurred in Letcher County on Saturday. The U.S. Geological Survey said an earthquake measuring a magnitude of 4.3 on the Richter scale occurred at 12:08 p.m. on November 10, with the epicenter being located about 10 miles west of Whitesburg at Mesa Drive in Blackey. “It was just a loud, rumbling […]

Poll finds most here view land, air regs as harmful

Residents of two major coalproducing counties in southeastern Kentucky have become more interested in using local natural resources for economic gain rather than conserving them for future generations, and they increasingly think environmental regulations have generally been bad for their communities. People in Harlan and Letcher counties were surveyed by the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire in […]

Beer sales spread to Walmart

Walmart is the fourth retailer in Whitesburg to be issued a retail beer license by the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Walmart received a retail beer license on November 9 and began selling alcohol on November12. Food City, East Kentucky Discount Tobacco and Beer, and Rite Aid began selling beer after getting their licenses in late October. The sales […]

Ruling means murder victim can be buried

The holiday season may have become just a little more bearable for the family of homicide victim Dradrick “Drad” Fleming. On November 9 — 20 weeks after Fleming’s badly burned body was found on the side of Black Mountain — Letcher Circuit Judge Sam Wright signed an order directing the Kentucky State Medical Examiner’s Office to release Fleming’s remains for […]

Old Ermine Post Office is now part of city

The former Ermine Post Office building and property are now located in the City of Whitesburg. At the November meeting of the Whitesburg City Council on Tuesday, Letcher County Surveyor Richard Hall presented the official survey and property description to the council and Mayor James Wiley Craft reported that the property owner, Caudill Lumber of Whitesburg, had agreed to the […]

Sexton gets 6th council seat

Tails I win. Tom Sexton became the sixth person elected to the Whitesburg City Council last Thursday when he won a coin toss held in the offices of Letcher County Court Clerk Winston Meade. Sexton, 27, had been tied with Whitesburg attorney Matthew Thomas Butler in the very first political race for either candidate. Each received 282 votes on November […]

Man found nude in Neon IGA store enters guilty plea

A man charged with burglary after he was found nude inside a Neon grocery store has been sentenced to four years of probation after pleading guilty in Letcher Circuit Court. Andrew Toothman, 23, of 3166 Hwy. 805, Neon, pleaded guilty on November 7 to charges of burglary, criminal mischief, indecent exposure and public intoxication. Toothman was found naked inside Whitaker’s […]

Harvey Tackett hired to lead Bath schools

Longtime Jenkins educator Harvey Tackett has accepted the position of Superintendent of Schools at Bath County. Tackett has served as a teacher, basketball and track coach, high school principal, and most recently Director of Pupil Personnel in the Jenkins Independent Schools System. Tackett served as Safe Schools Director and spearheaded efforts in Jenkins for the installation of security and monitoring […]

Scrap dealer pleads guilty

A scrap metal dealer in Isom has been ordered to pay $400 in fines after he pleaded guilty to four misdemeanor charges in connection with stolen military grave markers. Delbert Mitchell Wright, 81, of 632 Isom Dr., Isom, pleaded guilty in Letcher District Court November 7 to charges of failing to maintain a register of metals, improper purchase of restricted […]

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