Letcher County Deputy Sheriff Gail Dean Campbell was anwering a unrelated complaint August 13 when he saw these marijuana plants growing in plain sight near an abandoned mobile home at Elaine Road at Premium. The marijuana was seized and placed into evidence, said Letcher County Sheriff Danny Webb. Police are investigating who may have been living in the trailer. Webb […]

Suit says Jenkins, 2 firms negligent in death of boy, 8

Loose gravel and other debris left on a Jenkins city street during a sewer repair project resulted in the fatal injuries of an eight-year-old boy who lost control of his bicycle, the boy’s parents charge in a negligence lawsuit filed in Letcher Circuit Court. The suit, filed by Megan Carty and Keith Carty of Jenkins, names as defendants the City […]

Meth buzz leads to wreck

Police say a Cornettsville man admitted to using methamphetamine before driving his pickup truck with his one-month-old child and wife as passengers. Tracy Campbell, 39, of 68 Deadend Road, was traveling south on KY 7 when he lost control of his pickup truck, which crossed the centerline and hit a road sign, said Lt. Brian Damron of the Letcher County […]

Court members hear of new rules planned for park at Fishpond

As the new recreational vehicle parking spots at Fishpond Lake Park are getting close to being completed, the Letcher County Fiscal Court has modified the rules at the park to include the RVs and to increase safety for park users. Parks and Recreation Committee Member James D. Collins presented a list of proposed rules to the fiscal court at its […]

Latest threat to coal: Colombian imports

Coal imports to the U.S. are rising sharply even as coalmines close throughout Central Appalachia. A big reason: price. It costs $26 a ton to ship coal from Central Appalachia to power plants in Florida compared with $15 a ton to get coal from a mine in Colombia, according to research firm IHS Energy. Labor costs are lower in Colombia, […]

Former Jenkins man writes book on MSHA

Former Beth-Elkhorn Corporation official and Mine Safety and Health Administration director David A. Zegeer explains his unique vantage point in a recently released book entitled, “INSIDE MSHA: The Formative Years of the Mine Safety and Health Administration.” As the leader of the federal agency that oversees mine safety in the United States from 1983- 1987, Zegeer gives the reader insight […]

New bakery went through 1,000 cupcakes on the day it opened

Cousins Becky Pigman and Kendra McIntosh were surprised to sell 1,000 gourmet cupcakes in five hours Monday during the grand opening of their bakery on Main Street in Whitesburg. In honor of National Cupcake Day on Monday, cupcakes, regularly priced at $2.25 each, were $1 apiece at Icing on the Cake, located in the Quillen Drugstore building which most recently […]

Mine rule survives

New federal rules that labor officials say could save lives at dangerous mining sites have survived a court challenge from mining industry groups. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday dismissed the lawsuit brought by the National Mining Association and other groups. The new rules, approved in January, allow federal labor officials to designate a mine as a […]

All are OK after wreck, Supt. says

Letcher County Public Schools Superintendent Tony Sergent said none of the seven students aboard a school bus were injured last week when a pickup truck rearended the bus. The school bus was stopped on Highway 931 at a railroad crossing at Camp Branch when the accident occurred on the morning of August 13. As a precaution, all students on the […]

Max Hall helps team win series

Max Hall was a pitcher this summer for the Bluegrass Stars baseball team, based in Lexington. During the week of July 20-27, the Stars traveled to Panama City Beach, Fla., to compete in the 18U Grand Slam World Series. The Stars won eight of nine games to become the 2014 18U Grand Slam World Series champions. The Bluegrass Stars competed […]

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