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McRoberts school may be shut down, Jenkins board says



After years of declining enrollment, the doors may soon close at McRoberts Elementary School. At the June meeting of the Jenkins Independent Schools Board of Education, board members discussed the future of McRoberts Elementary and without exception, all expressed the belief that with current enrollment at 34, McRoberts is no longer economically viable. All four board members who attended the […]

Board to appeal AG’s decision



After a three-hour meeting Monday night, the Letcher County Board of Education voted to hold a closed session without giving appropriate explanation as to why the secrecy was needed. Board Chairman Robert Kiser told the board a motion was needed to go into executive session under authorization of KRS 61.810 (1) (b, c and f ) “for the purpose of […]

Scrap dealer, theft suspects among 14 indicted by jury



Fourteen people have been indicted on theft charges by the Letcher County Grand Jury, including an Isom scrap dealer and four others charged in connection with the theft of steel grates from culverts that belong to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. The grand jury charges scrap dealer Delbert Mitchell Wright, 81, of 632 Ison Drive, Isom, and 132 Harrell Park, Bean […]

Board won’t fund teacher for program



The Letcher County Board of Education will not contribute the nearly $16,000 needed to pay the salary of a law enforcement instructor, a move that will bring to a halt the new law enforcement and criminal justice program at the Letcher County Area Technology Center. In December, the board formed a partnership with the technology center to create the program […]

Man accused of stealing calves among 5 named in indictments



The Letcher County Grand Jury has named five Letcher County residents in six indictments. They are: • Johnny D. Coomer — receiving stolen property. Coomer, 56, of 223 Harrison Branch, Isom, is charged with having four calves stolen from Jeremy Goodson. Letcher County Sheriff ’s Deputy Matt Gayheart testified in the case. • Brent Ashley Johnson — fleeing or evading […]

Wreck at Bull Creek kills two



Two Knott County residents died in a wreck in Letcher County Saturday morning. Nicholas Adam Spencer, 22, of Sassafras, and Mikka Allie Cutting, 19, of Langley, were pronounced dead at the scene at 8:48 a.m. on June 22 by Letcher County Deputy Coroner Perry Fowler. Spencer was driving a Toyota Pickup truck on Bull Creek Road when the truck left […]

Juanita and Marty Smith to mark anniversary

Big Cowan

Hello friends and neighbors and all those far and near! Hoping all had a good week. Late happy birthday to Brett Hays on June 17. She is the daughter of Linda and Brack Sexton of Cowan. Happy birthday to a real sweet lady, Judy Fields, on June 30. Also, Thelma (Jay) Bates has a birthday on July 1, Anna Maggard […]

Overbey to get new wheels at speedway



A 13-year-old from London, will drive in victory lane before the start of the June 27 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Nick Overbey will attend his first NASCAR race and through the outreach and team work of the NASCAR family and Shriners, he will drive away with new wheels — an allterrain power chair. The chair was built by Innovation […]

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