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Old building to get new facelift

One side of the W.E. Cook Building on West Main Street in Whitesburg is undergoing interior demolition in preparation for remodeling. The building, which was constructed in 1914, is actually a duplex with two entirely separate backs, last housed a dentist’s office in the side currently being remodeled. Richardson Associates Architects was in the other side. The side being repaired […]

$615,000 purchase is giant step forward for new airport here

Money for land purchase is big step for new airport

Work toward a new airport for Letcher County has taken a giant step forward with the purchase of about 600 acres to add to the 75 the airport board already owns. While there are some outlying tracts still to be purchased and the airport may still be years away, the investment by the state of Kentucky of $615,000 to buy […]

Roadwork underway at Neon

Repairs are underway at Neon Junction

Work has begun to widen the highway bridge at Neon Junction on Highway 805. It is part of an overall Kentucky Department of Transportation bridge widening project for secondary roads, and should be complete sometime this spring. The bridge into Whitaker from 805 will also be widened. Fleming-Neon Mayor Susie Polis said at a city council meeting Monday night she […]

Five are sentenced after pleading guilty

Five are sentenced here after entering guilty pleas

Several people in Letcher County were sentenced recently after they entered guilty pleas in Letcher Circuit Court. Stanley Caudill, 43, of 601 Burton Hill, Blackey, pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking (more than $500 but less than $10,000), third-degree burglary (amended down from second-degree burglary), third-degree burglary (amended down from first-degree burglary), theft of a firearm, theft of property […]

Basketball action returns

Loren Boggs of the Letcher County Central High School Lady Cougars glides through the air on her way to connecting for two of the eight points she scored in her team’s 75-44 victory over Harlan in a game played at LCC. The Lady Cougars had a 10-5 record heading into their next game, a home tilt against June Buchanan High […]

Police: Shooting of two is a result of drug buy that went bad near Isom

A Rockhouse man is in jail after allegedly shooting two men in a marijuana deal gone bad. Bobby Combs, 20, of Daniels Branch, was arrested about four hours after the shooting, which occurred on Racetrack at Isom. According to police reports, Zane Day called Kentucky State Police in Hazard about 7:06 p.m. Monday, saying that Combs had shot him and […]

Jenkins council splits on tax vote

Jenkins OK’s new tax plan on narrow vote

Businesses in the City of Jenkins will have to pay a 1.5 percent net profit tax in the coming year. In a split 3-2 vote, the Jenkins City Council voted Monday to institute the tax. Voting for the measure were Ernestine Hill, Shaun Collier, and Sammy Elswick. Voting no were Rick Damron and Garnett Bentley. Chuck Anderson abstained. There will […]

Residents are able to keep health plans they’d feared losing

Waiver stopped

New insurance plans took effect January 1, but many Kentuckians get to keep an old plan they thought they had lost. Gov. Andy Beshear in his first week in office canceled a waiver of the Medicaid expansion program his predecessor Matt Bevin requested and obtained from the Trump administration. That waiver could have caused as many as 500,000 Kentuckians to […]

Hotel project’s first phase expected to meet deadline

The last section of crumbling walls, floors and ceilings has been stripped out of the Daniel Boone Hotel and now lies in a mountain of debris beside the century-old building. Architect Bill Richardson said the deadline for completion of the first phase is February 14, and it looks like the contractors may make the deadline, because framing and roofing are […]

Organ donor list is on rise

The drive for more organ donors in Letcher County had pulled in scores of people in the past year, Letcher Circuit Court Mike Watts said. Since taking office a year ago, Watts has been seeking out organ transplant recipients and getting permission from them to put their pictures on the walls of his driver’s license office as a close-to-home reminder […]


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