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Police say they ‘won’t tolerate’ bomb threats



A Friday evening telephone call saying that a bomb had been placed in the Streetside Grill and Bar in Whitesburg postponed well-attended musical performances at Streetside and the Summit City Lounge. Summit City, located across the street from Streetside, was emptied as Whitesburg police officers searched the lounge. Whitesburg Police Chief Tyrone Fields said Streetside owner Charlie Wright decided against […]

Prison officials will be here to talk about site



A local volunteer citizens group appears much closer to reaching its goal of bringing a federal prison to Letcher County. The U.S. Bureau of Prisons announced this week it is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that is required by federal law before the “acquisition of property and construction of a new United States Penetentiary and Federal Prison Camp in […]

Funeral set for victim of bypass wreck



Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) for a Kingscreek man who died Saturday afternoon from injuries sustained in a twovehicle wreck on the Whitesburg bypass. Thirty-six-year-old construction worker Shawn Emerson Roark died about 2:30 p.m. on July 27 after he was thrown from the 1993 Toyota pickup truck he was driving. Letcher County Coroner Marty Baker pronounced Roark dead […]

Alleged sex offender among 14 accused in indictments



The Letcher County Grand Jury has indicted a Letcher County resident on three charges of sexual abuse of a minor. The grand jury charges Roger Derek Johnson, 30, of 8977 Hwy. 317, Deane, with two counts of masturbating in the presence of a person under 12 years of age, and one count of masturbating in the presence of a person […]

Restaurant will have its own BBQ pit



Owners of a barbeque restaurant that will open soon in downtown Whitesburg pride themselves on homemade recipes and slow cooked meats. “Everything we are doing is made fresh daily,” said Charles Hall, one of three founders of Hillbillies BBQ LLC. “There is nothing coming off of a truck precooked or anything like that. Everything is cooked on a wood fire […]

History society to discuss 1927 deaths

Blair Branch

Hello all! I hope each and every one of you had a great week and are doing well. Wasn’t the weather on Sunday wonderful? We definitely picked the perfect day to have a gettogether with the family to celebrate our boys’ birthdays. Thanks to everyone who came over to have cake and ice cream with us. Josh and Callie Blair’s […]

Mars Fest set Aug. 2, 3



The fifth annual Mars Fest at Wiley’s Last Resort on Pine Mountain will be held August 2 and 3. The event, which will benefit WMMT 88.7, Appalshop’s mountain community public radio station, will include music by Jay Clark, Dave Isaacs and DI 3, Foddershock, Sonny Houston, Giant Rooster Slideshow, Gene Ballou, Rich & the Po’ Folks, Luna & the Mountain […]

Patsy Craft buried at Partridge



Patsy Nadine Craft, 82, died July 27 at Life Care Center in Morehead. She was a daughter of the late Steve and Mary Jane Maggard Raleigh, and the widow of General Caudill. She later married the late Isaac Craft. She was the mother of the late Larry Ronald Caudill and a grandmother of the late Joshua Nelson Greer. Funeral services […]

Softball camp planned Aug. 3



Chris Slone, former East Jessamine head softball coach and current assistant head softball coach at Alice Lloyd College, will hold a skills and hitting camp for girls ages 8 to 18 at Earnest Cook Memorial Park in Whitesburg at 11 a.m. on August 3. The cost is $50 (cash only). The camp will teach pitching, catching, infield and outfield, and […]


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