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Thanks to this couple, Partridge area is no longer a ‘food desert’

New store isfilling a need

A Lewis Creek couple have created their own oasis in the food desert South of the mountain. They and their neighbors along US 119 South used to have a choice of three stores to buy their basic needs and grab a bite to eat, but over the past couple of years those stores closed one by one. That left the […]

ARH phones are ‘swamped’ with vaccine requests

ARH official on vaccine: Most here ‘anxious to get it’

Healthcare providers in Letcher County began getting their second doses of COVID-19 vaccine yesterday (Tuesday), as two versions of the vaccine are being distributed across the country. Persons over 70 years of age who are not in long-term care facilities or other congregate living quarters are now being vaccinated for the first time, and health officials say they have been […]

Man, 19, who was accused of trying to murder mom is sentenced on lesser counts

Pleads guilty

A 19-year-old Letcher County man charged with trying to kill his mother last August has pleaded guilty to lesser charges in Letcher Circuit Court. James Seth Cornett, of 150 Wildflower Lane, Thornton, was sentenced to two five-year prison terms, each probated for five years, after pleading guilty to fourth-degree assault (minor injury), first-degree criminal mischief, and wanton endangerment. Cornett had […]


— At left, House Minority Whip Angie Hatton, D-Whitesburg, comments on House Bill 1, a bill relating to the reopening of the economy, in the House of Representatives in Frankfort. At right, Sen. Johnnie Turner, R-Harlan, speaks during a discussion of recent events in the Senate. The two are representing Letcher County in the current session of the Kentucky General […]

Mining company goes high-tech to dig more than coal in region

Firm mines more than coal

American Resources Corporation, which purchased Deane Mining and several other area coal companies from bankruptcy, is taking mining here in a new, high-tech direction. The company will be mining metallurgical coal but it will also be mining rare-earth minerals, powering mines with solar energy, recycling old mining equipment, and producing graphene, a form of carbon that science is only now […]

Want a vaccine for COVID-19? Get on list now

Sign up now to get on list for COVID shot

Essential workers and other Letcher Countians who want to get the COVID-19 vaccine should call the local health department and sign up now. Residents can call 633-2945 and asked to be put on a list for the vaccine or visit the Letcher County Health Department on Facebook and complete a vaccine questionnaire that was posted online January 8. The Kentucky […]

Man who shot girlfriend now faces meth charges

Shell facing charges …

Deputies serving a first-degree assault warrant on a man who allegedly shot his girlfriend have now charged him with trafficking in methamphetamine as well. According to the citation, Deputy Seth Whitaker responded to a call that Dustin Shell was outside a home waiting for his girlfriend to come out and was in possession of a gun. Whitaker located the vehicle […]

One woman dead, one seriously injured in head-on crash


ISOM WOMAN DEAD AFTER HEAD-ON COLLISION, SECOND WOMAN SERIOUSLY HURT A 55-year-old Isom woman was killed Tuesday evening when the vehicle in which she was a passenger was struck head-on on KY 15 in Knott County. Georgia Taylor Adams, 55, died at the scene of the accident near Carr Creek Lake. The driver of the vehicle, 64-year-old Sandra Hammock of […]

The return of high school hoops

Letcher County Central junior guard Bodie Bentley runs into traffic underneath the basket in overtime, but manages to drop in two points in the Cougars’ season-opening loss to East Ridge on Monday. Bentley scored nine points in the 79-76 defeat, and led Letcher Central in scoring in overtime, with five points. The Cougars led by 17 points entering the fourth […]

COVID-19 deaths apparently went unreported here

Local deaths not reported

State figures for COVID-19 deaths in Letcher County appear to be grossly underreported, based on numbers from a national COVID tracking project, medical personnel, family members of persons who have died of the virus, mortuary sources, and the state’s own numbers as reported over the past two weeks. The Kentucky COVID-19 page lists Letcher with only four deaths from the […]

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