Heating costs going up

The cold is back, and with it, rising heating bills. This winter was expected to bring much lower bills than last year because it wasn’t supposed to be so darn cold. Homeowners could go a little easier on the thermostat, and less fuel use would offset rising prices for natural gas and electricity, which generates heat for 88 percent of […]

Distillery gets city’s approval after new vote

The Whitesburg City Council voted four to three Tuesday night to clear the way for a new moonshine distillery that will be located downtown. The council voted during a special meeting to change the lease on the old KYVA Motor Company building that had restricted the building being used for the manufacture or sale of alcohol. Whitesburg Mayor James Wiley […]

Chief is working while DUI case moves ahead

Whitesburg Police Chief Tyrone Fields, who issued a public apology Monday after being arrested over the weekend and charged with drunken driving, is being permitted to stay on the job while his case winds its way through Perry District Court. Fields was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated after police found him asleep at the wheel around 1 a.m. […]

Fiscal court backs AG’s suit against Ky. Power

The Letcher County Fiscal Court voted unanimously this week to pass a resolution supporting legal action filed earlier this year by Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway. The suit was filed after the state Public Service Commission refused to reconsider its approval of Kentucky Power Company’s plan to close a portion of its Big Sandy power plant in 2015 and replace […]

Pepsi men win for boy, 10

Two Pepsi employees designed a creative store display to win a $400 video game console for a 10-yearold Premium boy who has leukemia. Austin Mollett, a Pepsi account representative, asked Kenneth Ratliff, a Pepsi manager, to work with him in a company contest to try to win a Microsoft Xbox One for Brady Morton, a fourth-grade student at West Whitesburg […]

Grand jurors indict 10 here

The Letcher Grand Jury has named a Sergent man in an indictment charging him with threatening a woman, her children and her family. The grand jury says Christopher Kyle Sexton, 32, of 300 Vates Branch, placed the barrel of a handgun under the chin of Nakeia Potter, injured her, and threatened her, her children and her family on August 21. […]

Daughter had rare form of cancer

This happened right after I had retired from the military and was working for Syar Industries as the manager of its printing department in the early ‘70s. When my baby daughter, Tammy, was 12 years old, she started having a very bad nosebleed. We took her to Travis Air Force Hospital every day for over a week. The doctors could […]

Prosecutors, public defenders may qualify for student loan forgiveness

Public prosecutors and public defenders in Kentucky may qualify for student loan forgiveness through the John R. Justice Grant program, administered by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). Applications must be postmarked or received by Jan. 6. The maximum award is $665. Awards are paid directly to the lender. Eligible attorneys include prosecutors and public defenders who are full-time […]


Pictured is the 1940 Kingdom Come High School basketball team. Holding the basketball is Glendon B. Ison.

KY 1469 to be closed Saturday

KY1469, Long Fork in Letcher County, between mile points 0 and 1 will close at 8 a.m. Saturday, November 22, for installation of a new cross drain to improve drainage at that site. Installation requires that a trench be cut through the pavement from one side of the road to the other. The road will be closed to all traffic. […]

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