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Jury finds man guilty on 10 counts involving child porn

A Letcher County jury has recommended two 25-year sentences — five years more than the maximum — for a Premium man convicted Tuesday of possessing child pornography. “Twenty years is the maximum, so it still sends an important message,” Letcher Commonwealth’s Attorney Edison Banks said. The jury returned the verdict shortly before 5 p.m. in Letcher Circuit Court. Timothy Banks, […]

Whitesburg doctor ran Boston race in 3:42:16

A Whitesburg doctor who ran in the 123rd Boston Marathon on Monday called the race “a very wonderful experience.” Dr. Fares Khater, who lives in Pikeville but works as an infectious disease specialist at Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation’s Whitesburg Clinic, finished the 26.2 mile race in 3 hours, 42 minutes, 16 seconds, a time above the average of most finishers. […]

State agency OK’s broadband grant request, court told

Letcher County moved one step closer to a $1.8 million grant for broadband Internet in Linefork. Letcher County Broadband Board Member Roland Brown told the Letcher Fiscal Court on Monday that the Kentucky Department of Local Government has approved the application to the Appalachian Regional Commission for a Power Grant. Brown said the step is very important in getting a […]

Little League burglars among seven indicted

The Letcher Grand Jury has named seven people in indictments including a man and a woman charged with burglarizing the Little League baseball building in Whitesburg. In separate indictments, Marvin Lee Kidd, 44, and Amanda Ann Sizemore, 31, both of 1 Bush Drive, Whitesburg, and 185 Big Elk Drive, Jenkins, are each charged with thirddegree complicity to burglary, complicity to […]

Grand jury indicts two after sawmill found in living room

If you’re in possession of a stolen sawmill you might want to hide it somewhere other than inside your living room if you don’t want to face criminal charges. What — a stolen sawmill in a living room? That’s what the Letcher County Grand Jury said last week when it returned felony indictments against two men, charging each with receiving […]

Accidental concrete spill kills some Kingscreek fish

A fish kill on Kingscreek last week was caused by an accidental spill of concrete during construction of a bridge, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife said. Conservation Officer Homer Pigman said he was called to the area after residents found minnows dead along a section of creek about one quarter- to one half-mile long. “The county was contracting a boy to […]

Jenkins band students will tour Europe

Three students from the Jenkins Cavalier Wind Band, directed by Jenny L. Collins, were selected from students across the state to perform in the 2020 Kentucky Ambassadors of Music European Tour. The students have the opportunity to take part in a seven country European tour during the summer of 2020.

Whitesburg ARH will soon become ‘teaching hosptal’

Beginning in July, Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital will officially be a teaching hospital. Appalachian Regional Healthcare received notification Tuesday afternoon that the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education has approved the Whitesburg and Harlan hospitals to teach residents in internal medicine. Kentucky requires doctors to complete two years of residency before they can apply for medical licensure. The ARH program […]

Historical marker pays tribute to teens killed in 1966 accident

It was a simple event that might normally draw a couple of dozen people in Letcher County. But the dedication of a historic marker Saturday on KY7 South drew 150 people, and showed that while the event the marker commemorates occurred 53 years before, the pain was still fresh for the community. Family members, classmates, neighbors and would-be rescuers gathered […]

New hemp plant gets its building, will start in May

A $1.4 million hemp processor that will be located in Letcher County is undergoing testing and should be installed at a Jenkins plant in May. The processor will be owned and operated by East Kentucky Extraction and will be located at the Gateway Industrial Park in the building vacated by FERUS Industries. “They took possession of the building yesterday, and […]

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