Attorney claims murder suspect is ‘incompetent’ to be put on trial

The trial of the first of two defendants charged it the January 1, 2014 stabbing death of a Letcher County man was ordered delayed until at least November after a defense attorney said his defendant was mentally incompetent. Special Letcher Circuit Judge Kent Hendrickson on Tuesday ordered the trial of James R. Huffman IV delayed until November 7. The trial […]


Whitesburg council keeps tax rate same; needs garbage truck

Following the second reading of Ordinance 2016-3, property and other city tax rates for the City of Whitesburg will remain the same as they were last year, at $.34 per $100 real property. This is the same rate as in 2007. Councilman Derek Barto conducted the second reading of the ordinance and the council voted unanimously to approve it. In […]

Police in Neon now equipped with cameras

Officers with the Fleming-Neon Police Department are now equipped with body cameras and Police Chief Mike Dingus said he will be glad to show anyone who is interested how they work. At the September meeting of the Fleming- Neon City Council, Dingus said that as of last week all the city’s police officers are now equipped with body cameras and […]

Bring Autumn Colors to Spiced Sweets

Cooler temperatures, beautiful chang- ing leaves and the familiar scent of pumpkin pie spice are all signs of fall. Whether you’re hosting a pumpkin carving party or decorating sweet treats with family, celebrate the season with maple-flavored leaf-shaped cookies, pumpkin patch cupcakes and hot apple cider. “The crisp air seems to inspire us all to start baking again,” said McCormick […]

A beef, cheese, poblano and beer burger

The ancestor of this recipe was a beloved burger on the menu of a bar where I was a cook back in my college days. Working on a flattop grill (the same surface used in diners to cook hash browns), we’d top the burger with a special mix of veggies, top the veggies with a slice of American cheese, douse […]

Financially-strapped Jenkins looking at cutting vehicle tax

The Jenkins City Council will be delayed in finishing the tax rates for the coming year until City Manager Benny McCall can determine how much a proposed one percent cut in the city’s motor vehicle tax rate will cost. At the September meeting, Mayor Todd Depriest told the council that the city could really use the additional revenue a tax […]

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UK sets a very poor example in open records flap

Kentucky’s open records and open meetings laws exist for a reason. They provide transparency by allowing the public to access information about how public money is spent and how public entities operate. Minutes to a city council or school board meeting; records from colleges and universities; requests for funding amounts on local, state or federal government projects; inquiries into police […]

Candidates are upside down

This is the inversion election, a contest in which so many of our familiar mental categories have been turned upside down. This year, it’s the Republican presidential candidate who says the United States isn’t great anymore and the Democrat who insists it is. The Republican says that the former KGB agent now presiding over Russia is a better leader than […]

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