Deputies honored for work in large meth bust

Sheriff Danny Webb (left), who will retire in January as Letcher County’s longest serving sheriff, awarded deputies Alisha Congleton and Sidney Fields with commendations for meritorious service for an investigation that netted $180,000 worth of high-quality crystal methamphetamine during a raid in March at Bottom Fork. Fields was also awarded a ribbon recognizing his deployment last year to Afghanistan with […]

Teacher is focus of child sex probe


The Kentucky State Police Electronic Crimes Branch and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force are investigating a Letcher County school district teacher who allegedly had sex with a 15-year-old female student, then continued to send her explicit photos and texts via Snapchat. The male teacher had previously been suspended from his job as a middle school teacher for the […]

Jenkins officials, resort boosters are pleased with Beshear’s call for gaming

Attorney General Andy Beshear’s call on state lawmakers to pass legislation that could lead to the legalization of casino gaming in Kentucky was met with enthusiasm this week by city officials and private citizens working to locate a resort casino near Jenkins. Beshear this week called on legislators to boost the state’s pension system in the upcoming session by creating […]

Ward says county can afford to pay insurance costs for rural fire squads


Volunteer fire departments in Letcher County will be able to combine their liability insurance into one policy, which would be paid for from the Letcher County Fiscal Court’s annual operating budget in the future. The announcement came at the fiscal court’s November meeting, when Judge/Executive Jim Ward reported that he had received a quote from the Kentucky Association of Counties […]

Letcher Co. native dies in Deleware

Daniel Adams, age 73, of New Castle, Delaware, formerly of Ermine, passed away on November 22. Dan worked at General Motors and Newport Builders. He enjoyed fishing, tending to his yard and detailing cars. Dan was devoted to his family and loved spending time with his granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Rena Adams […]

Deloris Fleming, 85, dies

Funeral services for Deloris Fleming, 85, were held November 24 at Letcher Funeral Home in Whitesburg. Burial was in the Hemphill Cemetery at Hemphill. Born in Pike County to the late Kennis and Caldonia Johnson, Mrs. Fleming died November 20 at Baptist Health in Corbin. She was the widow of Sol Fleming, and the mother of the late Chan and […]

Richmond man buried here

Funeral services for Donald Keith Banks, 65, of Richmond, were held November 24 in Whitesburg. Burial was in the Whitco Cemetery. A son of the late James Oscar and Emma Colwell Banks, Banks died November 18 at the UK Medical Center in Lexington. He was avid University of Kentucky sports fan, and also enjoyed fishing. Surviving are his wife of […]

Pollyanna Slone dies at 58

Funeral services were held Tuesday at Little Colley for Pollyanna “Nana” Slone, 58. She died November 25 at Baptist Health in Lexington after a long illness. Mrs. Slone was born in Martin in Floyd County to the late Eunice Rose Hall Mounts and Tommy Mounts. A former Letcher County resident and graduate of Tates Creek High School in Lexington, she […]

Memories of big snows on Big Branch


Hello everyone! Where did November go? It doesn’t seem possible that Thanksgiving has come and gone. Now Christmas will be here in the blink of an eye. As I began to prepare for Thanksgiving dinner, memories of bygone years began to fill my heart. It seems that I have thought about my children’s dad since he has passed away more […]

Christmas on the Hill


Christmas on the Hill at the Old Indian Bottom Church building at the Frog Pond at Blackey will be held Friday, December 14 at 6:30 p.m. We will have a potluck finger food, or whatever you choose to bring to eat and to share. Bring your drinks too, please. This makes the 25th year we have had the Christmas program […]


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