Quarrel results in the shooting death of man at Gordon

Grand jury will examine evidence

What began as a quarrel between a couple ended in the fatal shooting of a Cumberland man in the Letcher County community of Gordon on November 21. State police say 37-year-old Wayne Duff II had argued with his girlfriend earlier in the day and was shot and killed by the girlfriend’s stepfather that same night. Duff was living part-time with […]

Can tattoo parlor survive here with coal jobs down?

John Haywood’s tattoo business, The Parlor Room, has been open on Main Street in Whitesburg for 16 months. Haywood is married to Letcher County native Kelli Haywood, who writes this week about trying to earn a living as an owner of a small business in a very challenging economic climate. Her article appears on Page 4. The tattoo seen in […]

Low test scores bother school board members

Poor test scores and what can be done to improve them brought about some soul searching at Monday night’s meeting of the Letcher County Board of Education. Frustrated board members think students have the potential — with proper help from teachers and administrators — to excel at higher levels than the test scores show. When the results of Kentucky’s new […]

Group releases study of pollutants found in Letcher’s streams

Two streams flowing into Sandlick Creek have been found to contain high levels of lead, nickel and zinc, and a third had levels of arsenic barely below the Kentucky standard for drinking water. Nine streambeds in Letcher County showed very high concentrations of heavy metals, which can cause illness in humans and can kill aquatic life. The contaminants were found […]

Police Beat

“Police Beat” is a summary of calls for service to the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Office that are deemed to be public record under Kentucky state law. Monday, Nov. 19 • At 12: 57 p. m., the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Offi ce learns one of its deputies was bitten by a dog the night before outside a home at […]

Copper thieves hit four locations here in two-week period

AT&T aerial copper telephone cables have been stolen four times in different locations near the Blackey area within the last two weeks. About 1,000 pounds of cable valued at $13,000 was taken, said Cathy Lewandowski, senior public relations manager of AT&T Strategic Communications. On November 19, copper was stolen along Highway 7. Lines located on Tolson Road were taken on […]

Local band will perform at StreetSide

The Pure and Simple Band of Letcher County will perform live on Saturday (December 1) at StreetSide Grill and Bar on Main Street in Whitesburg. The Pure and Simple Band perform original music written by band members as well as covers of more famous songs by bands ranging from Lynyrd Skynyrd to John Mellencamp. The show is scheduled to begin […]

Forest fires affect Big Cowan, Pine Mountain, ranger says

At least 5,196 acres in Letcher County have been affected by a forest fire, including four miles of Little Shepherd Trail. The forest fire originated at Bartesta Branch at Big Cowan on November 25, said Herman Slone, district forester with the Kentucky Division of Forestry. Some of the Pioneer Horse Trail atop Pine Mountain is also burning as well as […]

Every day should be Thanksgiving


Hello everyone. Hope you are doing okay and that you had a happy Thanksgiving. Seems like Halloween gets more attention than Thanksgiving anymore. We go out of Halloween and into Christmas. I think every day should be Thanksgiving. It’s probably my favorite holiday. I love eating and I’m certainly thankful for it. I think of all the people who don’t […]


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