COPPING PRESENTS FOR KIDS



Kentucky State Police Trooper Adam Hall watched as children he assisted chose presents during Kentucky State Police Post 13’s annual Shop with a Trooper event held at the Whitesburg Walmart on Dec. 6. Seventy-seven children from Breathitt, Knott, Letcher, Leslie and Perry counties went on the shopping spree. Each child picked out about $125 worth of clothing and toys. (Photo […]

Ison will be first of three tried in Fleming murder

One charge against widow dropped

The last of three suspects accused of murder, kidnapping and arson in the 2012 death of Dradrick “Drad” Fleming will be the first to stand trial in the death penalty case, Letcher Circuit Judge Sam Wright has ordered. Austin L. Ison, 25, of Pert Creek, will be tried March 31, Wright said near the end of a lengthy hearing in […]

High waters plague Neon area



High water in city streets is once again a concern for the Fleming- Neon City Council, but this time the culprit is the heavy rains and snow that have fallen on Letcher County for the past few days. Mayor Susan Polis told the council that water standing in the street near the site of the old Maynard Hogg Gulf Station […]

Judge won’t dismiss Letcher miner’s suit



A U.S. District Court Judge in Pikeville has denied the motion of Arch Coal Inc. to dismiss a personal injury lawsuit filed by Letcher County coal miner Jarrod Sergent and his wife Linda. Sergent, 34, lives at Deane with his wife and four children. He was severely injured in a rock fall at ICG Knott County’s Kathleen mine on September […]

Guv: ‘It’s up to the people of eastern Kentucky’



As they opened up the Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) conference earlier this week, state and federal leaders echoed the same sentiment: The road to economic success and growth for eastern Kentucky will be a long one and will take the erasure of ideas such as county lines. Gov. Steve Beshear referred to Monday’s all-day conference as the beginning of […]

Rites held for Margie Sturgill



Margie ‘Granny’ Sturgill, 91, of Dry Fork, died December 3 at Pikeville Medical Center. A daughter of the late Johnny and Sally Ann Maggard Boggs, she was the widow of Carl Sturgill. She was the mother of the late Louise Collins, the mother-in-law of the late Roy Brown, John Wyatt, Clyde Mason, James Collins and Dale Morris, and a grandmother […]

Christmas bazaar Dec. 14



A Christmas bazaar will be held at South East Kentucky Community College, Whitesburg Campus, on Dec. 14, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Set up will cost $10 per table with proceeds going to the Tree of Hope for unfortunate families during the holidays. There will be handmade gifts, decorations, some antiques, and homemade goat milk lotions and soaps. For […]

Shooting match at Legion Dec. 15



A shooting match will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 15, at the American Legion. The match is sponsored by the Sons of the American Legion. For information, call 634-1459 or 633-2834.

Mrs. Spangler dies at 83



Jerene Spangler, 83, of Nineveh, Ind., died December 2 at the Franklin United Methodist Home in Franklin, Ind. Formerly of Letcher County, she was the daughter of the late Jim and Mary Elizabeth Hart Haynes. She was the widow of David Cecil Spangler, and the mother of the late James Lee Spangler. Surviving are three sons, David Randall Spangler of […]

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