Sheriff Webb: Meth search nets largest find ever here



The Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department arrested a Mayking man on drug trafficking charges and confiscated $180,000 worth of crystal methamphetamine from his home on Bottom Fork, Sheriff Danny Webb said. Webb, a retired state police captain who has served as sheriff for 16 years, said it is the biggest drug cache he can recall in this area. Danny Robert […]

National Guard removes bridge day after trucking it to Letcher Co.



A bridge that appeared in a matter of hours to replace one that collapsed at Perkins Branch has disappeared just as quickly. The Kentucky National Guard started putting up the bridge on Monday and would have completed it within an hour and a half, but insistence by the Army that Letcher County provide round-the-clock armed guards and other requirements were […]

Judge Craft orders Keyes’s name stricken from ballot



The Letcher Circuit Judge has invalidated the candidacy of a Deane man accused of running for election to an office for which he is not qualified. Ellis Keyes filed to run for 47th District Commonwealth’s Attorney in spite of the fact that he does not hold a Kentucky law license, and has never represented anyone other than himself in court. […]

Gabby’s Fishing Fever

Attend a boat and RV show soon

It is that time of year for boat and RV shows. If you look around online you can find one close by. This weekend the WYMT-TV Boat and RV show is at the East Kentucky Expo Center in Pikeville (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). I have attended the WYMT show every year it has been held and always had a good […]

Neon council hears woman’s complaint



Fleming- Neon water customer Rebecca Allen alleged discrimination and brought a billing complaint before the Fleming-Neon City Council at its March meeting. She said the discrimination was the result of a “feud” over what she referred to as “stolen makeup” with a water department worker. Allen, who sells makeup part time, freely admitted her water bill had been delinquent. However, […]

Haymond man, 27, charged with having sex with girl, 15, and injecting her with meth



A 27-year-old Haymond man has been charged with having sex with a 15-yearold girl and injecting her in the neck with methamphetamine. Homer Rose IV was arrested February 8 on charges of second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor, custodial interference, endangering the welfare of a minor, and sexual misconduct. However, when he arrived in court for his preliminary hearing on […]

Keep foxes away from the hens




Everyone was talking about the total eclipse in 2017, but the Kentucky Legislature is trying to create its own version this year by shielding local governments and school districts from much needed “sunshine.” This is the first step toward leaving the public in the dark. And the timing couldn’t be more ironic. This week is National Sunshine Week. Started 13 […]

‘… When we all do better’



My father, W.F. “High” Hightower, was a populist. Only, he didn’t know it — didn’t know the word, much less the history or anything about populism’s rich democratic ethos. But he knew about bankers who regularly squeezed small business families like ours with usurious interest rates. He knew how rough it was for a local business to fight off deep-pocketed […]

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Senate Bill 1 is wrong approach




As the day’s legislative session began on March 9, all eyes may have been on the Senate as it prepared to consider the publicpension bill, but what we heard in the halls of the Capitol was much more powerful. The united voice of hundreds of teachers, state employees and their retirees was loud and clear — and highly effective. Instead […]


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