Drowning appears accidental

Authorities have identified the victim of what is believed to be an accidental drowning near the community of UZ. Letcher County Coroner Marty Baker said Chalmer Lee Watkins, 51, of Lynn Branch in Kingscreek was fishing in a small pond on Bronze Drive, located off KY 588 between UZ and Premium, when Watkins apparently fell into the water Saturday night […]

Power bills could rise 31% if plan is approved by PSC

Electricity bills for a “typical residential customer” could surge from about $120 a month to about $157, according to a base rate case filed with the state Public Service Commission by Kentucky Power. For its part, Kentucky Power is hoping the rate hike will prove unnecessary, but a spokesman said the company was left with no other choice as it […]

Man found dead at Ermine; investigation is continuing

Police are continuing to investigate the death of a 27-year-old man who was electrocuted last week. Jason Allen Riley was pronounced dead on the afternoon of June 26 by Letcher County Coroner Marty Baker. Baker said Riley died of electrocution on a power line road at Friday Branch at Ermine. Riley had a pair of bolt cutters with him, according […]


As expected, Jenkins board closes school

After serving its small community for 101 years, McRoberts Elementary School will not open its doors to incoming students in August. In a unanimous vote on Monday evening, the Jenkins Independent Schools Board of Education voted to close McRoberts Elementary School, citing an operating deficit of more than $100,000. The McRoberts School was organized in 1912 by Consolidation Coal Company […]

Letcher board working on vehicle usage policy

The new superintendent of Letcher County Public Schools has indicated that financial cuts to the district’s budget are necessary. “Expenditures are rising and revenues are falling,” said Supt. Tony Sergent, who began his four-year appointment on July 1. “Sooner or later you are going to have to cut and not bring anything back.” During a discussion of board’s decision last […]

Summer’s good outweighs bad


Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center. “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord which made heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1-2 How wonderful are the bright and sunny days of summer with the birds singing and the sound of children laughing, flowers bursting forth […]

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Football practice set July 10

Varsity football practice will be held at 9 a.m., July 10, at Letcher County Central High School. All freshmen must attend. At 1:30 p.m., July 11, physicals will be given by Dr. Arroz at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital and a required parent meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Practice on July 12 will begin at 9 a.m.

Class for foster parents is set

An orientation class for foster parents will be held at 10 a.m., July 11. Those interested in attending should call (606) 886-0163.

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