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Local player honored by college team

Dreac Turner, center, a senior member of the Alice Lloyd College Eagles basketball team, was honored February 15 as part of the school’s Senior Day. Turner, a 2015 graduate of Letcher County Central High School, is seen with parents Renada and Jason Lewis of Whitesburg before he was presented with a framed No. 21 jersey. You are unauthorized to view […]

Garbage pick-up costs are going up in county March 1

Court raises trash fees; hears complaint about goats

Beginning March 1, sanitation bills in Letcher County will go up slightly to support an increase in tipping fees by the company that transports Letcher County’s solid waste to the landfill. As the February meeting of the Letcher County Fiscal Court was finishing its agenda, Judge/ Executive Terry Adams addressed the need to raise fees. Adams told the court that […]

Band teacher held in porn case talked about ‘temptation’

Suspect talked about ‘temptation’ and taking pictures of young students

The arrest of a Neon man on child pornography charges became more urgent in December when police turned up a SnapChat message from the suspect. “I just got a job teaching middle school so I’m gonna be trying to resist temptation,” police say Dalton Matthew Bates wrote. That message was followed by one even more chilling for parents and police. […]

Accident fatal to man

Wreck fatal to man, 54

A Whitesburg man is dead after his pickup overturned in the rain-swollen North Fork of the Kentucky River at Roxana the morning of Saturday, February 15. Emergency responders were called to the Roxana bridge Saturday morning after a passerby saw a pickup truck wheels up in the river. When rescuers arrived, it already had frost on its tires and undercarriage. […]

New Jenkins restaurant serving ‘real Mexican’ and Tex-Mex foods

Jenkins has a Mexican restaurant again. Jose Javier Navarro, 27, worked Los Peñas restaurants in Whitesburg and Jenkins for 10 years — three in Jenkins — and worked at Sazon when his longtime employer shut down. But Navarro’s dream was to own a restaurant of his own, and when the City of Jenkins sought another restaurant to go into the […]

Trump says prison is ‘unneeded’ here, wants funds taken

Rep. Rogers reaffirms support in Congress for federal prison here, calls Trump plan ‘annual exercise’

For the fourth time since his election, President Donald J. Trump has issued a proposed federal budget that would kill construction of a prison in Letcher County, taking with it water lines to homes along Kingscreek and Roxana from Cowan Mountain to Blackey. While the proposal seems to have little chance of getting past Congress, it does demonstrate a willingness […]

AT&T tech escapes time in prison as part of deal

A 38-year-old Whitesburg man will not serve prison time after pleading guilty to multiple counts of stealing money from the Veterans of Foreign Wars, where he was appointed to serve as an officer by the national VFW. Jeffrey O. Williams, 38, of 52 Michigan Ave., pleaded guilty to 10 misdemeanor counts and was given two years probation on each, to […]

Jenkins to send cops to games

Jenkins hears plea for cops

Visitors to athletic events at Jenkins High School will soon see more police presence at games held there. At its February meeting this week, the Jenkins City Council agreed that a police officer should be present at sporting events held on school property. The decision came after Jenkins Athletic Director Ashley Addington addressed the council. Addington told the council a […]

PSC ruling may hike water bills by large amount

Water bill going up? Here’s reason(s) why

Water customers in rural Letcher County could see a huge increase in their monthly water bills after the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) granted Knott County Water and Sewer District a rate adjustment that will increase the cost it charges for water service by 45 percent immediately and another 15 percent a year from now. The announcement of the PSC’s […]

Police have no leads in brutal beating at Cowan

No arrests yet in Day beating

Kentucky State Police have made no arrests yet in a home invasion robbery that left a Cowan man seriously injured last week, and say they have no leads. Scott Day, 60, of HWY 931 South, is still in the University of Kentucky Medical Center and has undergone several surgeries to repair damage caused January 27 when he was beaten, apparently […]

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