General Robert E. Lee, as portrayed by David “Butch” Chaltas of Letcher County, continued his battle commentary for spectators over the past weekend despite the heavy rains that fell during the Battle of Blountville Civil War Reenactment in Blountville, Tennessee. The two-day event was held at the Old Hawley Farm in Blountville. The historic town, located about eight miles northeast […]

Judge blocks law on electioneering near voting places

A Kentucky law banning election day campaigning near polling places was struck down Tuesday by a federal judge, who ruled the 300- foot buffer impedes free speech by reaching private homes and yards. The ruling by U.S. District Judge William O. Bertelsman came three weeks before voters head to the polls to decide a long ballot of local, state and […]

Six set to answer drug charges

Six Letcher County residents charged accused of trafficking in drugs are scheduled to formally answer the charges against them this week in Letcher District Court. Officers with the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department and Appalachian High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area task force (HIDTA) served arrest warrants October 10. The drugs, the specific types of which are not listed on the […]

Grand jury charges man with stealing from elderly couple and funeral home

A Whitesburg man has been named by the Letcher Grand Jury in nine indictments charging him with forging checks over an eightmonth period. In the first indictment, Bryan Lynn Sexton, 40, of 200 Alaska Ave., is accused of three counts of possession of a forged instrument (second degree) and three counts of theft by deception under $500 (includes cold check). […]

Play to be based on Letcher stories

Cowan Community Action Group Inc. has obtained a grant to create a play based on original stories shared by Letcher County residents. “What we are going for now is a first incarnation, a sampling, a tasting of what a community story play can look, feel and sound like,” said Robert Martin, a consultant of the group’s community story play project. […]

Luggage helps kids

Don Pratt, of Lexington, recently delivered several pieces of gentlyused luggage to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services office in Whitesburg. Pratt, who has collected suitcases and duffel bags for 15 years, travels throughout Kentucky giving luggage to agencies that distribute the items to foster or adopted youths, who often carry their belongings to court in garbage bags or […]

Machine open for voters who can’t make poll

Absentee voting machine are open in the Letcher County Clerk’s Office during regular business hours until 4 p.m., November 3. Voters who may apply in person to use the voting machine early are: • Member of the Armed Forces, their dependents and overseas citizens absent from the county on Election Day. • Students and other voters (including vacationers) who temporarily […]

Virginia woman is rescued from Black Mountain

A Virginia woman is home and safe after an all night rescue effort earlier this week. Mardee Scott, 52, of Norton, told rescuers she had turned on a wrong road near the Kentucky- Virginia state line on Black Mountain. She said she followed the GPS in her car on “unverified roads” hoping to find her way back out. As the […]

Why drop in oil prices can hurt economy

If you’re a driver, a shipper or an airline, low oil prices sure feel nice. But there are downsides to the recent plunge in oil prices — for the oil industry and for the economy. Low fuel prices can help boost economic growth by reducing fuel bills and leaving consumers and companies with more money to spend on other things. […]

Market hurt by energy stocks

A slump in energy stocks stymied a rebound in U.S. indexes Tuesday as the price of oil plunged the most in two years. The decline in oil prices followed forecasts for weaker global demand this year and next, a sign of slowing economic growth. Chevron fell 2 percent, helping to drag down the Dow Jones industrial average in the waning […]

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