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Rainfall (less than 1/3 of an inch) did little to fix drought

Rain Sunday night through Tuesday was far below the forecast possibility, and wasn’t enough to lift a ban on outdoor burning in Letcher County and most of eastern Kentucky. According to Kentucky Mesonet at Western Kentucky University, the state’s official source for precipitation and climate data, Letcher County received barely more than a third of an inch of rain since […]

Police accuse boss of sticking co-worker with insulin needle, say act was a felony

Police arrested a nurse/supervisor at Letcher Manor Nursing Home early Saturday morning and charged him with assault for allegedly sticking another employee with an insulin needle intentionally. Police said they do not know if the needle was clean or dirty, or if it contained any drug. The victim was kept in Whitesburg Hospital for observation because of the lack of […]

The time and temp is … extraordinary

A showing of 93° F is not that unusual on this sign in downtown Whitesburg until you realize the reading was made at 6:36 p.m. on Monday, just as September — the driest month ever recorded in eastern Kentucky since the National Weather Service opened its Jackson office in 1981 — was fading into October. Jackson weather officials say eastern […]

Letcher Fire Dept. was paying interest rate of 38 percent; court votes to help

The Letcher County Fiscal Court voted unanimously to co-sign a note for over $320,000 to save the Letcher Fire Department and Ambulance Service after learning the agency was paying 38 percent interest on a loan acquired by the former chief. The vote came last Thursday at a special meeting called for the purpose of addressing the issue. A group of […]

New Jenkins overlook named in honor of late trooper

The new overlook on US 23 near Pound Gap got a new name last week. It will now be called the Combs Overlook, named for well-known Kentucky State Police Trooper Bennett David Combs, of Ice, who died in August 2014 after a long illness. He was 55. A parade of friends and relatives stepped to the podium at the overlook […]

Local AirBnB rentals helping to make up lost tax revenues

AirBnB rentals helping local tourism

Tax revenue lost by the closing of one of the only two motels in Letcher County appears to have been largely offset by the growth in tourism and Airbnb rentals. According to figures provided by the county, motel tax receipts for the fiscal year that ended June 30 were down less than $800 from the previous year, despite the closing […]

Nurse is charged with stealing pills from the elderly

Grand jury charges seven

A Letcher County Grand Jury has charged a former nurse with multiple felony counts of stealing medication that belonged to elderly patients at Letcher Manor Nursing Home. Emily Brooke Robbins, 46, of Clintwood, Va., is charged with five counts of theft by unlawful taking of a controlled substance and five counts of first-degree criminal abuse. Letcher Commonwealth’s Detective Kenny Terry […]

Football will be back, Jenkins officials pledge

Although the Jenkins High School football team will not complete its current season, this is not the end of high school football for the tradition rich program, school officials say. Athletic Director Damian Johnson explained at the September meeting of the Jenkins Independent Schools Board of Education that after several season-ending injuries for the varsity squad, the school did not […]

Marker will honor black lung victims

The Southeast Kentucky Chapter of the National Black Lung Association invites everyone to attend the dedication of the memorial marker for victims of black lung disease. The event will be held on Sunday, October 13 at 2 p.m. at the River Park in Whitesburg. For additional information contact Anthony Warlick at (606) 633-4871 or at

Fed up on Thornton Creek

As drivers using KY 1862 at Thornton were greeted by this message last Friday (September 13), neighbors on the creek were left to wonder who had altered this large highway construction sign to deliver an anti-drug warning to those who may come to the area looking to buy the illegal drug methamphetamine. (Eagle photo)

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