Alan Gibson of Elkhorn City maneuvered an airboat around Elkhorn Lake in Jenkins Sunday in an attempt to get rid of lily pads that plague the water reservoir. (Photos by Chuck Johnson)

School channel has plug pulled; leaving air soon

Letcher County Public Schools is pulling the plug on its cable television channel after nearly 15 years of operation. “I hate to do it because the public likes it,” Letcher Schools Superintendent Tony Sergent said of the decision to discontinue operations at “The School Channel.” “The board members wanted to keep it, too.” Sergent said the reason for going black […]

Tests show infant died of injured head, chest

Funeral services were scheduled to be held this week for a fourmonth old baby boy whose body was found over an embankment near Kona Friday morning. An early autopsy report lists blunt force head trauma and an internal chest injury as the causes of Blayze Alexander Smith. The infant’s body was discovered at 6: 40 a. m. June 6 over […]

Five accused metal thieves among 15 indicted by jury

Five Letcher County residents have been indicted on four charges each after they allegedly damaged an $80,000 piece of mining equipment beyond repair while stealing copper and other metals. All five — Michael D. Morton, John C. Maggard, Rebecca Lewis, William J. McFall and Gregory A. Caudill — are charged with complicity to theft (first degree), complicity to criminal mischief […]

New Jenkins restaurant to open doors this week

Las Peñas Mexican restaurant will open Thursday at Lakeside in Jenkins. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. and food service will begin at 11 a.m. Las Peñas owner Charles Colwell entered into a lease agreement with the City of Jenkins to occupy a renovated house located beside the zero-entry level pool. Bert Fields, former owner of Kentucky Water […]

Letcher residents should consider benefit delays

Letcher County residents who are nearing retirement age can increase their lifetime income if they can wait a bit to start drawing Social Security benefits. In Letcher County 3,676 residents – or 15.3 percent of the population – are aged 55 to 64. Those are the years when folks start thinking seriously about retirement. Workers can start taking Social Security […]

Elmer Whitaker dies at 85

Prominent Kentucky businessman Elmer Whitaker, who rose from the coal fields of eastern Kentucky to build a banking empire, died Sunday. He was 85. Mr. Whitaker died at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio from complications of diabetes, said Elmer Keith Whitaker, his grandson. Described as humble, Mr. Whitaker was known as a man who didn’t hesitate to show appreciation and […]

Deadline grows near for applying for new college scholarship

Residents of Kentucky’s coalproducing counties have a few more days to apply for a new scholarship designed to help people living in those counties finish a bachelor’s degree. Maximum award amounts range from $2,300 to $6,800 per year . e deadline to apply for the Th Kentucky Coal County College Completion Scholarship is June 15. To qualify, a student must […]

Junior seals the deal

Dale Earnhardt Jr. joined an elite list of drivers in the Sprint Cup Series on Sunday at Pocono by winning his second race of the year. Dale Jr. now joins Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano as the only drivers with two wins, thus securing their spot in the 16-driver Chase field. Earnhardt would now be first in the […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Fishing with family is time well spent

The fishing is great right now and every type of fish is active. People are telling me about catching bluegill, crappie, catfish, trout and bass. I have not heard much about the creek fishing or wade fishing but it should be good also. My family and I have been going fishing every weekend for several weeks and have done well […]

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