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Littering across the county is one thing virus didn’t slow


COVID-19 might have shut down many public places, but there’s one thing it didn’t shut down. “It appears we’ve still got litterers, and it may be the same people doing it over and over again,” said Frank Campbell, of Crases Branch at Letcher, who along with his wife Debbie started a Facebook page called Letcher County Garbage Patrol. Parks are […]

Jenkins officials voice concerns over cruiser theft


In the wake of the recent theft of a city police cruiser at the hands of a prisoner, several city officials expressed concern and embarrassment about the incident at the June meeting of the Jenkins City Council. Steven Tackett had been arrested by Jenkins officers and placed in the cruiser, but while his truck was being searched, he managed to […]

12 enter guilty pleas

Twelve people recently entered guilty pleas in Letcher Circuit Court. They are: • Christopher Dane Bentley, 30, of 764 Mallard Drive, Millstone, who pleaded guilty to first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and use/ possession of drug paraphernalia. He was sentenced to one year imprisonment for possession and 365 days in the county jail for the drug paraphernalia charge. […]

TAKING SHAPE IN THE WEST END OF TOWN

TAKING SHAPE IN THE WEST END OF TOWN — The insulating layer for Dryvit went up on the new Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in West Whitesburg this week. Contractor Jesse Rudolph said workers expect to begin painting the exterior by the weekend. (Photo by Sam Adams) You are unauthorized to view this page.

Knock on door of Jenkins cop leads to wild chase, manhunt



A convicted felon accused of having a live grenade in his truck and four handguns is still at large a week after stealing a Jenkins Police car and sparking a high-speed chase. Steven A. “Stevie” Tackett of Brushy Fork was last known to have been in the Elwood area of Pike County last Wednesday, where the stolen police car was […]

Driver’s license exams no longer available here

‘I am furious,’ Circuit Clerk Watts says of new law that forces local residents to travel to Prestonsburg

First-time drivers in Letcher County will no longer be able to take their license exam in Letcher County. Kentucky State Police announced last week that the driver’s testing office in Letcher County was shut down as of yesterday, forcing residents to go to Prestonsburg to take their tests. And even worse, they’ll have to make the trip two times in […]

Grand jury charges 11 in 14 indictments

Eleven people have been named in 14 indictments by the Letcher Grand Jury, and eight of those are charged in drug-related cases. Those indicted are: •Buddy Amburgey, 29, of 2088 Johnson Fork, Premium, who is charged with first-degree fleeing or evading police (motor vehicle), first-degree wanton endangerment (police officer), operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs […]

New outdoor dining area is dedicated to former official


Letcher County got a new outdoor dining area and a retired county official and community volunteer got a surprise at the same time — the open-area facility was dedicated to him. The Letcher County Convention and Tourism Commission cut the ribbon on Bolling’s North Fork Veranda at 1715 River Road in Whitesburg on Tuesday. The building is owned by Mary […]

One principal will lead ‘new’ school for Letcher area


Letcher County Schools will merge Letcher Elementary and Letcher Middle into a single school this fall. Superintendent Denise Yonts told the board of education on Monday night that a search for a new principal is already underway. “Hopefully, by the end of the week we’ll have a principal for the new school,” Yonts said. The “new school” will not include […]

Free concerts return

Outdoor concerts will be back this year after a year of drive-in only concerts during the pandemic. The Levitt AMP Concert series will return beginning July 22 with Grammy winners The Kentucky Headhunters, and will run every Thursday evening for 10 weeks. The shows will be at the Mountain Heritage Stage on Depot Street, as they have been since the […]


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