Driver injured after Jenkins garbage truck rolls



A City of Jenkins garbage truck came to a rest across the northbound lanes of U.S. 23 at Dorton on Monday after a crash which sent the driver, city employee Ben Smith, to the hospital. Kentucky State Police Trooper Darren Stapleton said Smith told emergency personnel that he heard a loud “pop” come from the truck, after which he lost […]

Jury to decide if shooting was in self-defense

‘I didn’t deserve to get shot,’ son says after being wounded by dad

Kentucky State Police will ask the Letcher County Grand Jury to determine whether a 56-year-old Mayking man was standing his ground in self-defense when he shot and wounded his 29-year-old son late Sunday night. Police say David Oliver “ Big Dave” Fugate shot David Oliver “Little Dave” Fugate Jr. inside the elder Fugate’s home in the Cram Creek community of […]

Trooper loved helping others



A retired Kentucky State Police trooper will be remembered for his dedication to raising money for KSP outreach programs. Bennett David Combs, 55, of Ice, died August 23 at his residence after a long illness. In honor of Combs’s commitment to Trooper Island, KSP Post 13 in Hazard recently established the TPR Bennett David Combs Award. Recipients will be Post […]

Fun for all ages at Jenkins!



Coal firm wants 71 miners hired



Patriot Coal will accept applications from experienced coal miners for 71 available underground mining, surface/prep plant and salaried positions in western Kentucky and northern West Virginia at an upcoming job fair in Hazard. Hiring Our Miners Everyday (H.O.M.E.) and the Kentucky Coal Association (KCA) will host the job fair on Wednesday, Sept. 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at […]

To perform



Benny Jones & CMT Country will play at Country Cabin II in Norton, Va., on Saturday, August 30. The show will take place from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children 2 to 11 years old.

Edna Halcomb succumbs at 86



Funeral services for Edna Campbell Halcomb, 86, of Winchester, were held August 26 at Mount Olivet Church. Burial was in Campbell family cemetery at Cornettsville. A daughter of the late John and Mary Smith Campbell, she died August 23 at Clark Regional Hospital in Winchester. She was the widow of Opal Halcomb. Surviving are a daughter, Connie Sams of Winchester; […]

Death takes Mrs. McCool



Billie Ann Trent McCool, 57, of Otisco, Ind., died August 22 at St. Catherine’s Hospital in Charlestown, Ind. Born in Letcher County, she was the daughter of the late Billy Ray and Elizabeth Ann Adams Trent. She was preceded in death by a brother, Jimmy Trent, and a sister, Anita “Tink” Johnson. She married Gary W. McCool, who survives in […]

Billy Ray Adams dies at 62



Billy Ray Adams, 62, of Jeremiah died August 20 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. He was a son of the late Jack Glenn and Allene Adams. Surviving are his wife, Shirley Sue Adams; three daughters, Mona Danielle Adams and Deanna Gayle Craft, both of Whitesburg, and Telessa Raechelle Caudill of Jackhorn; six stepsons, Robert Patrick, Chris Patrick, David Patrick, Johnny […]

Mrs. Potter dies in Ohio; was a native of county



Dorothy Hall Potter, 87, died August 22 at her home in Madison, Ohio. Born in Letcher County, she was the daughter of the late Morgan and Lara Jane Hall. She also preceded in death by her husband, Lewis Jr. Potter; her stepmother, Grace Belcher Hall; two brothers, Acie Hall and Dave Hall; a sister-in-law, Pauline Goff Hall; a son, Tyrone […]


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