2019-08-21 E-Edition

Feds, anti-prison forces reach pact to dismiss lawsuit


The U.S. Bureau of Prisons and plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit seeking to stop construction of a prison in Letcher County have jointly asked a U.S. District Judge to dismiss the complaint. It is not clear whether this means the end of the prison project or another delay, however the plaintiffs in June posted statements on several websites saying they […]

Ready to meet the ‘Challenge’

Bike riders from as far away as Miami, Florida and New Jersey traveled to Letcher County over the weekend to compete in the fifth annual Pine Mountain Summit Challenge hosted by the Letcher County Cycling Club. Above, riders gathered on Main Street in Whitesburg to await the start of Saturday morning’s most demanding race, a 44.5-mile journey that included mountain […]

Taxes are going up in Neon


The Fleming-Neon City Council unanimously approved the second reading of an ordinance to raise property and personal taxes for city residents at a special called meeting Tuesday. The council voted to set a tax rate of $.35 per $100 on real property and on personal and tangible property. This is a $.10 per $100 increase. The council had discussed a […]

Sheriff ’s office warns of Social Security scam

The Letcher County Sheriff ’s Office is warning residents not to give out personal information over the telephone after a rash of scam calls in the county this week. Social Security scams are nothing new, but at least 10 residents called the sheriff’s department on Monday complaining about the same scam attempted by different callers, Sheriff Mickey Stines said. The […]

Fall is coming to Ohio Valley



Hello everyone! Once again grab a beverage and let’s take a break and chat for a few minutes. As I look across the hayfield as so often I do as I write my column, you can tell fall is on its way as the grass isn’t growing quite as fast plus there is a chill in the air when I […]

Rotarians participate in Back-to-School Bash

Jenkins School District held its annual Back-to- School Bash at the Jenkins City Park on August 8. Approximately 200 children attended. In addition to receiving free backpacks filled with school supplies, they also enjoyed free hot dogs, chips, drinks, snow cones, magic show, and Mitch Whitaker and his falcon. Rotarians Eileen Sanders and Sherry Wright registered children for Dolly Parton’s […]

Merlene Day dies at 81

Merlene Davis Day, 81, of Roxana, died August 15 at the Greg and Noreen Wells Hospice Care Center in Hazard. She was the daughter of the late Thurston and Maxie Whitaker Davis. Mrs. Day worked many years as a bookkeeper for several coal companies and retired from Mountain Comprehensive Health Care in 2003. She was a longtime member of the […]

Rites held for Mark Wright

Funeral services for Mark A. Wright, 47, were held August 17 at Everidge Funeral Home. Burial was in the Campbell & Baldwin Cemetery at Linefork. A son of Ross and Brenda Griffith Wright of Linefork, he was born in Whitesburg. He died August 14 at Pikeville Medical Center. Mr. Wright enjoyed fishing and riding his fourwheeler. Surviving in addition to […]

Services held for James Hicks

James Vernon Hicks, 56, of Thornton, died August 8 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Healthcare Center. He was a son of Wilma Dean Curtis Hicks of Isom and the late Ernest Ray Hicks. Surviving in addition his mother are two brothers, Paul Dean Hicks of Isom and Bobby Ray Hicks of Tampa, Fla., and a sister, Martha Jane Hicks of Millstone. […]


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