County budget is down by 40%



Letcher County’s proposed budget for the coming year is down 40 percent from the 2012-2013 budget, mostly because of a loss of unmined minerals and coal severance tax. After an unusually long wait for the state’s budget to become final, the Letcher County Fiscal Court this week conducted the first reading of the county’s 2018-19 operating budget. The fiscal court […]

Toyota donates three cars to help teach local students



The Letcher County Area Technology Center has three expensive new tools for high school students to learn the basics of auto maintenance. Letcher County native Jeff Everidge works at Toyota Motor Co. in Georgetown and arranged for the gift to the school. Toyota donated three new cars to the center this year to help students learn how to work on […]

Indictments charge 10



A Letcher Grand Jury has returned an indictment against a Jenkins man arrested last month on methamphetamine charges. It is one of 11 indictments returned Thursday against 10 people in Letcher Circuit Court. Brian Paul Broome, 41, of 24 Little Oak Street in Jenkins, is charged with first degree complicity with Heather Moore, Emily Caudill and Barry Kinny in trafficking […]

Candidates address county’s money woes



Shortly after Sheriff Danny Webb took office in 2002, he borrowed money and started buying brand new police cars. He bought more on a regular cycle, keeping the best old cars, selling the clunkers and buying brand new ones. But with the county tax base shrinking and coal severance tax money all but gone, he’s far behind schedule for new […]

Facebook breach hit 1.3 million Kentucky users



FRANKFORT Kentucky’s Democratic Attorney General says more than 1.3 million Kentuckians were impacted by a privacy breach at Facebook. Andy Beshear said he sent a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg asking how many Kentucky residents had their personal information shared with a third party without their permission. Beshear said company officials told him it was 1,310,682. That’s more than […]

Lawmaker retiring with no worries



The difference between rich and poor often isn’t as much the money as it about the willingness to do what it takes to get it. That’s why some Congressmen who were poor or middle class when they got elected are rich when they leave office. Take House Speaker Paul Ryan for example. Ryan was the scion of an influential family […]

The Kochs’ complex conspiracy



In 1933, a handful of wealthy Wall Streeters were upset that the newly elected president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, had dared to tax the rich in order to fund programs to lessen the painful poverty people were experiencing due to the Great Depression. They were so upset that they came up with a ridiculous plan to overthrow Roosevelt and install a […]

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Lessons from Alfie Evans tragedy



The baby Alfie Evans has died. Born in Liverpool with a degenerative brain condition, Alfie had been in a semi-vegetative state for over a year. Against his parents’ wishes, the hospital took Alfie off ventilation. The parents had wanted to move him to a Vatican hospital in Rome that would have kept him on life-support. But the British hospital refused […]

A step closer to jobs



To the Editor: Fourteen years ago, the Letcher County Planning Commission embarked on a journey to recruit new industry and more jobs to our historic coal-producing county. Our beautiful mountainous region has wielded a double-edged sword in many instances; while conducive to energy resources, wood products and tourism, the development of other thriving industries in bigger cities, like manufacturing and […]


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