2019-05-09 E-Edition

Fire kills dog, leaves four families homeless

Service trucks from AT&T and utility contractors were parked at the scene of a fire Monday attempting to restore telephone and Internet service interrupted when the apartment building fire burned lines in two. The fire killed a family dog and left four families homeless. See story inside. (Photo by Sam Adams)

Jury says man stole more than $25,000 from VFW account

A Letcher Grand Jury has returned 14 indictments containing 48 charges against a former Veterans of Foreign Wars officer, alleging he wrote unauthorized checks to himself and others from the VFW’s 14th District General Fund. Jeffrey O. Williams, 38, of 52 Michigan Ave., Whitesburg, is charged with 38 felony counts and 10 misdemeanors for allegedly writing unauthorized checks to himself […]

County will close illegal ATV trails, limit access to Fishpond


Some unruly all-terrain vehicle riders have muddied the waters for everyone else. ATV riders will have to enter and leave the Fishpond Lake trails by only two entrances after riders riding off trail and exiting the trail on the loop road meant for cars have caused siltation in the normally clear lake. County Judge/Executive Terry Adams said he plans to […]

Women charged with stealing SNAP benefits

The Letcher Grand Jury has named six people in nine indictments including two women charged with fraudulently receiving SNAP food stamp benefits. Martha Sue Hall, 46, also known as Martha Sue Elswick, of 77 Morgan Lane, Jackhorn, is charged with making false statements and/ or failing to disclose a material fact used in determining qualifications to receive SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition […]

Show nurses your appreciation this week



Well, you talk about a Mother’s Day present, Mom surely got one this year. We (by we I mean myself, Rick and Charlene Mason and their granddaughter Chesnee) were able to take her to see her only boy, Albert Tackett, and his wife Tonya and all their children. They live in Randleman, North Carolina. Brandy Pedigo, Courtney Pedigo with her […]

Thomas Parsons, 84, dies

Funeral services for Thomas “T.J.” Parsons, 84, will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 9, in Whitesburg. Burial will be in Green Acres Cemetery in Ermine. A son of the late Wendell and Dora Caudill Parsons, he died May 5 at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington. He was preceded in death by a brother, Parnell […]

Services planned for Billy Wayne Sexton

Funeral services for Billy Wayne Sexton, 49, will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, May 9, at the Lighthouse Church. Burial will follow in the Earl Adams Cemetery at Little Colley. A son of Connie Jean Sexton Cook and the late Billy Cook, he died May 5 at his residence at Dry Fork. He was preceded in death by a […]

Jenkins City Council OK’s $2.047 million budget for 2019-20


The City of Jenkins will be working with less this year, due to increased costs and a slightly smaller budget. The Jenkins City Council conducted the first reading of the city’s budget for 2019-2020 Monday night. City Attorney Randall Tackett read a budget summary which calls for a balanced budget with expenditures of $2,047,615 against revenue of $2,047,615. The budget […]

Appalachia has new story to tell, and it’s not a ‘Hillbilly Elegy’

Ron Howard is making a movie based on J.D. Vance’s best-selling memoir “Hillbilly Elegy.” This is not a good thing. It will no doubt be a very well-done movie. Howard’s resume includes “Apollo 13,” ‘’The DaVinci Code” and being brought in to rescue “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” But it’s not a movie that is likely to be helpful to […]


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