Abby Enfusse is Governor’s Cup winner


Hello everyone. Hope you are all doing well and keeping warm. I woke up this morning to see about two inches snow. It was pretty but I could wait for it, I wasn’t in any hurry for it. But it is winter and the weather hasn’t been too bad. I talked with Dorthy Tacket this morning. She and her three […]

Coalfields Expressway criticized

The Coalfields Expressway is an unnecessary highway being built solely to benefit the coal industry, the Sierra Club charges in a report declaring it one of the nation’s 50 worst transportation projects. The $2.1 billion road would run from Pound in Wise County through Dickinson and Buchanan counties in Virginia to Raleigh County in West Virginia. In a recent report, […]

Jenkins mayor says he’s not leaving job

Jenkins Mayor G.C. Kincer told the city council at its February meeting that “rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated” and said he is not going to resign as mayor. Kincer said the city is in good financial condition and progressing in every area. He said he would be happy to address any council member’s or citizen’s concerns about […]

Indictments charge seven

Seven people are named in nine indictments returned recently by the Letcher Grand Jury, including a man charged with injuring four people while driving under the influence. Shawn Douglas Combs, also known as Shane Douglas Combs, 33, of 8000 Hwy. 160, Whitesburg, is charged with operating a vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants on December 6 and with hitting […]

Television crew told to leave cemetery area

Two coal company officials on Monday ordered a WYMT-TV news crew to leave property near a cemetery at Carcassonne that became a center of controversy after the January 21 meeting of the Letcher Fiscal Court. The news crew was standing on a county-maintained road finishing up a report about the proposed relocation of the cemetery when the officials, who work […]

Beshear: Casino amendment questionable

Disagreement within the horse racing industry has made it questionable whether the Legislature can pass a constitutional amendment on casinos this year, Gov. Steve Beshear said Tuesday. Beshear told reporters that Kentucky’s horse racing industry is divided on how to proceed, which has weakened the chances of passing an amendment. Despite a long history of wagering on horses, Kentucky has […]

Dollar Store latest to get beer license

The Dollar General Store in West Whitesburg was issued a retail beer license on Tuesday, making it the seventh business in the city to be given permission to sell malt beverages. Last week, Rite Aid pharmacy and Big Daddy’s Liquor Barn LLC — located on opposite ends of Whitesburg — were granted liquor package licenses. Eric Harkreader, Rite Aid spokesperson, […]

Four sentenced after guilty pleas

Four people were sentenced recently after entering guilty pleas in Letcher Circuit Court. • Dustin Yeary, 28, 1521 Pine Creek Road, Mayking, was sentenced by Letcher Circuit Judge Sam Wright to five years imprisonment after Yeary entered guilty pleas in three separate cases. Yeary was sentenced to five years in prison for each of the three cases and the sentences […]

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Lawmakers want rules for local taxing districts

More than 1,200 local taxing districts that have operated largely without oversight would be watchdogged under a proposal that House Speaker Greg Stumbo intends to personally usher through the Legislature. The Prestonsburg Democrat filed a measure setting up the new level of oversight on Tuesday, shortly after lawmakers resumed a legislative session following a three-week break. Stumbo said the legislation […]

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