Historical marker pays tribute to teens killed in 1966 accident

It was a simple event that might normally draw a couple of dozen people in Letcher County. But the dedication of a historic marker Saturday on KY7 South drew 150 people, and showed that while the event the marker commemorates occurred 53 years before, the pain was still fresh for the community. Family members, classmates, neighbors and would-be rescuers gathered […]

New hemp plant gets its building, will start in May

A $1.4 million hemp processor that will be located in Letcher County is undergoing testing and should be installed at a Jenkins plant in May. The processor will be owned and operated by East Kentucky Extraction and will be located at the Gateway Industrial Park in the building vacated by FERUS Industries. “They took possession of the building yesterday, and […]

Indictments name 5

The Letcher Grand Jury has named five people in indictments including a Blackey man charged with possession of oxycodone and marijuana. Dallas Richmond Banks, 39, of 97 Boot Hill Road, is accused of firstdegree possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone, second offense), illegal possession of a controlled substance (marijuana), possession/use of drug paraphernalia, operating a vehicle while under the influence […]

Highlights of F.N.H.S.

1996Mountain Heritageessay contest winner Ms. Angela Denise Bentley’s entry was chosen as one of the winning essays in this year’s Mountain Heritage Essay Contest. She is a senior at Fleming-Neon High School, where she has maintained a 4.0 GPA. She is the daughter of Chuck and Connie Bentley of Jackhorn. Angela is a member of the Lady Pirates softball team […]


John Ng’s Four Seasons Kung Fu competed at SomerSlam 20 on March 16 in Somerset. The group had wins in all the divisions in which they competed. They will next compete at Elite Martial Arts Challenge in Richmond on May 18.

Jenkins name top students

Students named to the second nine weeks Honor Roll at Jenkins Middle High School are: Sixth Grade 4.00 grade point average — Madison Church, Hannah Damron, Laken Graham, and Sara Jones 3.00-3.99 GPA — Ethan Bailey, Chloe Branham, Kinlee Breeding, Donovan Brown, Ethan Carty, Maddox Hafemeister, Marc Jones, Abigail Kelly, Rachael Popp, Isabella Stanley, Lindsay Vanover, Makeilah Wright, and Caiden […]

Willie Farley dies at 77

Willie Farley, 77, of Indian Creek, died March 28 at Hazard Appalachian Regional Healthcare Center. A son of the late Melvin and Vira Farley, he was born in Harts, W.Va. Mr. Farley served in the Army from 1967 to 1975 and covered two tours in Vietnam and Korea. He was baptized at Millstone Missionary Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife, […]

Rites held for Larry Hampton

Larry Hampton, 71, of Pikeville, died March 26 at the Greg and Noreen Wells Hospice Center in Hazard. The son of the late James T. and Emma Pauline Brown Hampton, he was preceded in death by a son, Travis Hampton. Surviving are his wife, Sharon Layne Hampton; a daughter, Melanie Smith and husband Cheddy of Blackey; a son, Michael Cornett […]

Rites held for Ivan Whitaker Jr.

Funeral services for Ivan Whitaker Jr., of Little Colley, were held April 1 at Letcher Funeral Home. Burial was in the Gibson family cemetery at Isom. The son of the late Ivan and Sally Caldwell Whitaker, he died March 28 at Hazard Appalachian Regional Healthcare Center. Mr. Whitaker was a coal miner and worked for more than 40 years. His […]

Barbara Sue Tackitt, 79, dies

Funeral services for Barbara Sue Webb Tackitt, 79, of Dunham, were held April 2 at Carty Funeral Home in Jenkins. A daughter of the late Laud and Blanche Stacy Webb, she was the widow of Willie Tackitt. She died March 29 at her daughter’s home in Virgie. In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Tackitt was preceded in death […]

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