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His military career is over, but Letcher man still serves

Atkins serves community

It’s been 12 years since Darren Atkins wore the uniform of the United States of America, but he’s still a man on a mission. The mission now isn’t in Europe or the Middle East, it’s at home. The national Veterans of Foreign Wars honored Atkins, a 1993 Whitesburg High School alumnus, in July with a video presentation for its first […]

Cases now total 48 in Letcher Co.

COVID hits men, 21 and 33, here

The number of positive tests for COVID-19 in Letcher County has risen to at least 48, up from 40 a week ago, according to figures from Kentucky River District Health Department. The increase is less than last week, when 12 new cases were reported. The speed of increase is also slowing statewide, something Gov. Andy Beshear attributed to the implementation […]

Taxpayers in Jenkins getting a small break

Jenkins council member urging citizens to take COVID seriously

Taxpayers in Jenkins will get a small break in the taxes they pay on motor vehicles and watercraft in the coming year. At the August meeting of the Jenkins City Council, Councilman Rick Damron proposed lowering the rate by one cent per $100, to $.3399 from $.3499 (to 33.99 cents from 34.99 cents). Other tax rates remain in place with […]

12 new COVID cases here as new rules now in effect

12 news cases reported here

Restaurant owner Brad Shepherd counted heads in Heritage Kitchen in Whitesburg on Monday. Thirteen customers, two less than he’s allowed under the new restrictions to curb COVID-19. Letcher County has seen 12 new COVID-19 cases in the past week, the highest weekly increase since the pandemic began, and state numbers are rising also. Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has again closed […]

School board OK’s new plan to hold online classes only

Board okays online classes

Rising rates of COVID-19 in Letcher County have prompted the Letcher County Board of Education to change its plans for starting school. The board voted on Monday night to approve a recommendation by Superintendent Denise Yonts to hold classes entirely online for at least the first six weeks of the school year. The virtual classes will begin August 26. Previously, […]

Grand jury charges 11

Indictments include charges in fatal wreck

Eleven people are named in 14 indictments handed down by the Letcher County Grand Jury. They are: • Nora Pearl Hall, 37, of 30 Pheasant Drive, Neon, who is charged with first-degree criminal possession of controlled substance (methamphetamine, second offense), use/possession of drug paraphernalia and being a second-degree persistent felony offender. Letcher County Sheriff Mickey Stines testified in the case. […]


— An old railroad bridge between the Madison Avenue area of Whitesburg and the Upper Bottom got a facelift recently as part of the effort to build a hiking and bicycling trail as a tourist attraction. The Tanglewood Trail is mostly on the old railroad right-of-way and has been a walking trail for years, but the Letcher County Tourism Commission […]

Grand jury short on members

Letcher Commonwealth’s Attorney Edison Banks had to ask for additional grand jurors from the pool used by the circuit court after some moved or left for scheduled vacations and others were deemed too at-risk for COVID-19 to serve. Under the law, a prosecutor has 60 days to bring an indictment, and the clock is ticking after months of closure due […]

County’s financial picture is growing bleak, court is told

County is short on funds; jail’s meal deal is off

The Letcher County Fiscal Court was warned of hard financial times to come at the July meeting, and bad news from the county jail and county fire departments didn’t help to brighten the picture. County Treasurer D.J. Frazier delivered the annual financial statement to the court this week, and said that the county began the fiscal year with $158,876.60 less […]

Latest indictments name 18

Grand jury names 18 in new indictments

Eighteen people are named in 30 indictments handed down by the Letcher County Grand Jury. They are: • Jeffrey Heath Hampton, 42, of 270 Lick Fork, Millstone, who is charged in two indictments. In one indictment, Hampton is accused of third-degree terroristic threatening of Roy Bentley and/or members of the Bentley household, menacing when he went to the Bentley residence […]

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