Tax windfall pays for classrooms and boat docks in Letcher County



A windfall received a year ago from previously unpaid natural gas taxes has brought outdoor classrooms and two new boat docks to Letcher County. Ron Brunty, chairman of the Letcher County Soil Conservation Board, said the board used the unexpected money to buy materials for boat docks at Fishpond Lake and Jenkins Lake, and buy durable tables and portable dry-erase […]

Bikers want Neon to pay them back for high water bills



Although water issues were the main subject at the June meeting of the Fleming-Neon City Council, the council also approved the first reading of their city budget for 2018 and 2019. The second reading will take place at a special meeting at 6 p.m. next Tuesday (June 19) in City Hall. A delegation from the Seventh Sons Motorcycle Club in […]

Police still searching for suspect who fled



The Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department has obtained warrants for a man it says led a deputy on a highspeed chase along the one-lane Pert Creek Road before wrecking and running into the woods. Deputies said Sherrell Sandlin should be considered armed and dangerous. The sheriff ’s department said Deputy Sidney Fields saw Sherrell Sandlin driving a black Jeep without […]

Preacher Bill Craft celebrates 85th birthday




I was thinking the other day about Preacher Bill Craft. Our family came in contact with him when I was a young teenager. He started having church services around Letcher County in the early 70’s or so. Two of the places I remember us going to hear him were the Campbranch Chapel at the bottom of Sandlick Mountain and a […]

Services set for Donald Lucas



Donald Ray Lucas, 76, died, June 10 at his home at Thornton. A son of the late David and June Blanton Lucas, he was a brother of the late Charlie Wayne Lucas. Surviving are his wife, Nancy Alice Baker Lucas; two sons, Matthew Lucas and Mark Lucas, both of Thornton; a brother, Eugene Lucas of Thornton; four sisters, Shiann Adams […]

Strange but True



• It was French author, philosopher and journalist Albert Camus who made the following sage observation: “Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.” • Famously flamboyant country singer and songwriter Dolly Parton once entered a Dolly Parton look-alike contest — and she lost. • If you’re a sailor you’re probably familiar with the hazards of […]

LCCHS student receive awards



Awards Day at Letcher County Central High School was held June 1. The scholarships awarded totaled $2,187,515. Receiving Academic Team Awards were Katherine Braswell, Gavin Sexton, Corey Sparkman, and Brooke Saurer. The Art Award went to Alexander Sturgill. In the Band Awards were the National Scholarship Marching Band, Brooke Saurer, Emma Griffith and Sean Looney; National Scholarship Color Guard, Brittany […]

VIETNAM REUNION



Kyle Whitaker buried in Winchester



Kyle Whitaker, 57, of Winchester, died June 5 at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington. He was born Ivan Kyle Whitaker in Winchester to the late Ivan Whitaker and Vada Eldridge Whitaker. Mr. Whitaker was graduated in 1978 from George Rogers Clark High School and attended one semester at Alice Lloyd College in Pippa Passes. He furthered his studies at the […]

Services set for Nannie Bentley



Nannie Lane Bentley, 77, died June 10 at her residence in Cromona. She was a daughter of the late Ballard and Loretta Quillen Webb, and a sister of the late Orville Webb and Opal Kincer. Surviving are her husband, Tommy Bentley; two sons, Michael Lane Bentley of Ferrum, Va., and Stephen Wayne Bentley of Cromona; a daughter, Tommie Jean McCray […]


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