2 charged after pot found

Police officers watching from above and on the ground have arrested two Letcher County men on charges of cultivating more than five plants of marijuana. Tommy Lee Wright, 64, of Neon and Bobby C. Bates, 41, of Colson were charged in separate cases recently after Fleming-Neon City Police and Kentucky State Police say they spotted marijuana growing around homes where […]

12 now seeking 3 mayoral seats

A total of 12 candidates met this week’s filing deadline to run for the three mayoral seats in the Letcher County towns of Fleming-Neon, Jenkins and Whitesburg. The deadline for candidates to file to have their names on the ballot in the November General Election in city, school board, and other local government races was Tuesday. In Fleming-Neon, Mayor Susan […]

Boy, 13, charged after firing pellets at school; one shot hits principal

A 13- year- old boy has been charged with eight counts of wanton endangerment and one count of fourth-degree assault after police say he used a pellet gun to fire rounds from a window of his apartment toward West Whitesburg Elementary School. One of the pellets hit the school’s principal. The school day had ended August 8 and most students […]

Letcher Co. Police Beat

Thursday, August 7 • At 12:31 p.m., a deputy with the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department is assigned to be present at a Dunham home while a woman is there to retrieve her personal belongings. • At 1:30 p.m., a Blackey woman in poor health reports to the sheriff ’s office that her daughter just threatened her by drawing her […]

Neighborhood tiff ends up in court where Wright says trees must be cut

A neighborhood squabble has resulted in a Letcher County physician being court-ordered to cut trees and remove flowerbeds that have caused the narrowing of a street in the Parkway Estates subdivision at Little Dry Fork near Whitesburg. A temporary injunction handed down by Letcher Circuit Court Judge Sam Wright orders Dr. Mediatrix Chimoi Mbamalu to “immediately remove” all “trees, flower […]

Mother, son share birthday


Hello everyone, hope everything is going well for all of you. So many of my family are having health problems. My sister Louise is not doing well, and Kathleen Brock has so many things wrong with her. They both need everyone’s prayers, and many of our people in church need prayer. Aug. 8 was my mother’s birthday. The late Cindy […]

Services held for Owen Bates

Owen Bates, 75, of Winchester, Ind., died July 6 at Pine Knoll Rehabilitation Center after a long illness. Born at Thornton, he was a son of the late Andrew and Zettie “ Tudy” Bates, and a brother of the late Carnealous “Cack” Bates, Grady Bates, Edna Bates, and Herman Bates. He was a brother-in-law of the late Louise Bates, Verna […]

Army days for Wesley Yonts

Wesley Yonts was born on the cool frosty morning of March 2, 1921 on Millstone Creek in Letcher County to Martin Van Buren and Rosie Alafair Yonts. His father was a coal miner who provided adequately for the family, and his mother a hardworking housewife and mom. The family was loving, but life was hard, and at the age of […]

Mitchell Brown dies at 61

Mitchell Robin Brown, 61, died August 5 at his home in Surfside Beach, S.C. A son of the late William and Hazel Brown of Ice, he was a graduate of Whitesburg High School and attended technical school in Indianapolis, Ind. He was an engineer at Verizon for 35 years before retiring. Surviving are a daughter, Rachel Rankin of Raleigh, N.C.; […]


Hannah Nicole Ruth Profitt celebrated her eighth birthday on July 31 with a Barbie at the Lake party with friends and family. She is the daughter of Ralph and Patty Profitt of Little Colley and has an older brother, Scott. She is the granddaughter of the Rev. Conard and Carolyn Profitt of Isom, and Ralph and Karen Profitt of Whitesburg.

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