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Kentucky Mist making hand sanitizer at Whitesburg moonshine distillery


Kentucky Mist Moonshine is making hand sanitizer to fight COVID-19

Online doctor visits quickly becoming popular at MCHC

MCHC unveils popular new service

Got a sore arm or just need to renew a prescription? You can still address it with a doctor in Letcher County even if you don’t want to leave home during the coronavirus outbreak. Whitesburg-based Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation began working early last week to set up a telemedicine system to serve patients with earaches and other minor problems who […]

Facebook ‘group’ hopes to shame county’s litterers into cleaning up

Citizens remain determined to see a clean county

Over at Flat Gap, a business has thrown out flyers for its payday loan company, and residents are sick and tired of picking them up out of their driveways and ditches. Down on Elk Creek, Manus Blair has picked up two more bags of garbage, just as he’s done nearly every Saturday for more than 20 years. And on top […]

For sale: Jenkins band uniforms – from 1971

It may have seemed like “Back to the Future” as an ultra-modern school board meeting for the Jenkins Schools Board of Education included a motion to declare Jenkins band uniforms from 1971 as surplus and advertise them for bids. Jenkins Superintendent Mike Genton told the board about the uniforms via the computer app “Microsoft Teams” during the Jenkins Board of […]

Letcher Judge/Executive declares emergency, closes county buildings to public


County buildings are closed to the public, and the county Office of Emergency Management has been placed on a full disaster footing.

Restaurants doing their ‘best’ to stay afloat under new rules

Accepting ‘to go’ orders only

Chairs were turned upside down in Heritage Kitchen, and owner Brad Shepherd was on foot, delivering lunches in downtown Whitesburg. One day after Gov. Andy Beshear ordered restaurants and bars closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, business owners were trying to assess the impact to their businesses and their employees. Shepherd said the verbal announcement at 9 a.m. Monday […]

Watts is protesting fellow clerks’ plan to make residents drive for licenses

Watts urges citizens to protest license bill

The Kentucky House of Representatives has passed a bill that would force Letcher County residents to drive to Prestonsburg to get their driver’s licenses or state IDs. The Senate will now consider the bill. Letcher Circuit Clerk Mike Watts canceled his membership to the Kentucky Circuit Clerk’s Association after the group endorsed the bill, which will create 12 regional driver’s […]

Ex-cop accused of hitting ex-wife, another woman

Ex-cop is accused of assaulting two

A former Kentucky State Police trooper was arrested and charged with assaulting a police officer and fourth-degree assault of his wife and another woman at a Whitesburg bar Saturday night. Luke Pridemore, 35, of 111 Highwall Dr., Mallie, is charged with fourth-degree assault (domestic violence) with no visible injury, fourth-degree assault with no visible injury, third-degree assault of a police […]


Members of the Letcher County Central Lady Cougars shared a hug late in Saturday’s 45 to 40 win over Knott County Central in the championship game of the Girls’ 14th Region Tournament, held at Ermine. The four — Keira Couch (2), Loren Boggs, Brooklyn Collins (30), and Kaylee Banks — and the rest of their teammates earned the right to […]

School supt. gets praise, criticism over the removal of religion works

Controversy over displays

Letcher County School Superintendent Denise Yonts said she has received criticism and support for removing religious displays from the schools after complaints from a national nonprofit. The Letcher County School District has removed some religious displays from Fleming-Neon Middle School, Martha Jane Potter Elementary School and Letcher County Central High School after two letters of complaint from the Freedom From […]

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