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Fiscal court decides against closing Kingdom Come road

The Letcher County Fiscal Court voted this week against closing the road that runs through the head of Kingdom Come Creek.

The vote took place Monday night at the fiscal court’s September meeting and was a denial of former Letcher County Judge/ Executive Carroll Smith’s request to close the road to keep vandals from damaging property Smith owns at the head of Kingdom Come Creek.

Smith attended the meeting and asked for a decision on his request, which he made in person at the fiscal court’s August meeting. Smith said that if the court intends to keep the road open, it should commit to making it passable.

Several of Smith’s neighbors in Kingdom Come also attended the meeting and said they wanted the road kept open. Judge/Executive Terry Adams recommended against closing the road and said the court would work to keep the road open and make it safe for emergency vehicles.

At the August meeting, Smith told the court the road is nearly impassable to any vehicle that does not have high clearance and four-wheel drive. He said the road, which is not named, has not been maintained since 2016 and that vandals used it to gain access to two cows and a pig they shot to death. Smith said that all-terrain vehicle riders using the road often leave their trash behind on his property, and that one ATV rider mutilated one of his cows by pouring acid on it.

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