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Owners say shopping center’s closing is ‘beyond our control’


At least five businesses will either close or find new locations as a result of the closure of a shopping center at Isom. Robert and Celeste Pugh announced on their Facebook page August 6 that they are closing the shopping center “due to circumstances beyond our control.” There are at least two businesses in the shopping center that do not […]

Two state workers here allegedly used computers to steal Medicaid benefits

Arraignment was scheduled this week for two employees of the state public assistance office in Whitesburg accused of illegally receiving Medicaid benefits. The two were named in two indictments each by the Letcher Grand Jury. Melissa Franklin, 51, of 580 Ky. Hwy. 803, Millstone, is charged in one indictment with making false statements to receive benefits of $3,296.75 from the […]

Main Street will be closed on Saturday for car show

The “Rob Run 2019 Cruise In/Car Show” will be held in Whitesburg on Saturday from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. The city will close Main Street from the Kentucky Mist Distillery to the Letcher County Courthouse for the event. City officials have been told to expect as many as 500 cars to participate. Among those attending will be the East […]

144-year-old Blackey house is placed on Historic register

House is county’s 3rd on National Register

When William Dixon built his house at the head of Elk Creek, he built it to last. And last it has. For 144 years, four generations of his family have lived in the four-room, log house, and the more modern addition added to the rear. This year, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, named the David […]

Former owner donates $2,000 to each miner from Blackjewel

Ex-mine owner helps laid-off men from Blackjewel

Blackjewel miners continued to block the railroad tracks near Cumberland this week as the community and government advocates moved to provide help for those who are still owed back wages from the bankrupt company. The miners allowed CSX to remove its locomotive from the Blackjewel tipple, but the coal stayed in gondolas at the site. The company had attempted to […]

Jenkins officials delay decision on tax hike


The Jenkins City Council this week postponed a decision on whether to raise taxes on personal property, and the decision will hang in the balance for the coming month. At Monday’s city council meeting, a potential increase of property taxes and watercraft and motor vehicle taxes was tabled until the September meeting so Mayor Todd Depriest and the council can […]

Retired union miners show support for Blackjewel men

Bankrupt firm says it hopes to solve dispute

Blackjewel Mining employees, still unpaid for their last month of work, raised the ante this week, blocking a train carrying coal from the bankrupt company’s Cloverlick No. 3 Mine in Harlan County. Miners flooded the tracks Monday afternoon, camped out on them Monday night and were still there Tuesday, playing cornhole on boards set up between the steel rails. “I’ve […]

Suspects face federal counts in meth cases


A Bottom Fork man and his daughter, arrested by the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department in March 2018 with 4 pounds of methamphetamines, now face a previously sealed federal indictment of drug trafficking conspiracy and gun charges. Another inmate here was transferred to federal custody Tuesday to answer charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. It was not clear if the […]

A piece of roadside history is back up in Whitesburg

Historic sign will greet visitors …

There was a time when everyone around knew that Whitesburg was populated by a bunch of friendly people, and two grouches. The Royal Crown Cola sign at the edge of town told them so. Perched on the peak of Tunnel Hill, next to the hospital driveway, the red, white and blue sign was mildly famous. Before that, it was a […]

14.2 million pain pills sold here in period of 6 years


During six years at the height of the opioid epidemic, six manufacturers shipped 1.9 billion pain pills into Kentucky. Of those, 14.2 million came to Letcher County — enough for every man, woman and child to take 83 highly potent pain pills per year. The Washington Post and The Charleston Gazette in West Virginia spent a year fighting for access […]


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