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New sheriff gives 30-day report

Letcher County Sheriff Mickey Stines, seen above counting out $3,000 in cash confiscated during a methamphetamine bust last week, has released statistics concerning the duties his office performed during his first 30 days on the job. Stines said he and his deputies arrested 47 men and woman after serving 117 criminal warrants, served 122 civil court documents, served 13 criminal […]

Most people to get food stamps early at least once more

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits issued early for February because of the partial government shutdown won’t be back to normal for at least another month, and another shutdown could be looming this weekend. The state Division of Family Support announced this week that it will be issuing SNAP benefits (food stamps) to most people on March 1 “to shorten […]

Council addresses signs, meters

The Whitesburg City Council this week conducted the first two readings of a new ordinance that amends an older one enacted in October 1965 relating to signs and outdoor advertising. The ordinance is enacted to protect property values, create a more attractive economic and business climate, protect the physical appearance of the city, and enhance the cultural character of the […]

Man pleads guilty in largest meth raid

A Bottom Fork man the Letcher County Sheriff’s Department arrested last year with nearly four pounds of methamphetamines has pleaded guilty in Letcher Circuit Court. Danny Robert “Danny Bob” Collins, 63, changed his plea from not guilty after two amended indictments were issued February 7. Letcher Commonwealth’s Attorney Edison Banks has recommended that Collins serve seven years for the meth […]

Weather is blamed for unusually poor highway conditions

You hear it in the grocery store, the doctor’s office, in line at restaurants, and see it on social media — the roads in eastern Kentucky are awful. One person complains of a busted tire, another of having to have his front-end alignment redone. On KY 588 near Kingdom Come Creek, an entire section of highway is caving in. On […]

Man faces theft, endangerment charges after high-speed chase ends at Sandlick

A Sandlick man was arrested after a high-speed chase that ended when his vehicle slid off the road while attempting to make a turn, and then allegedly rammed a Whitesburg Police car. Eddie Sandlin, 41, of 44 Marlowe Road, was charged with receiving stolen property ($10,000 or more, first-degree fleeing or evading police in a motor vehicle, first-degree fleeing or […]

Rites set for woman killed by tree that fell on U.S. 23

Tree that caused death of woman was cut illegally

Funeral services will be held tonight (Wednesday) for Iris Jennifer Conley Walker, 64, of Jenkins, who was killed February 2 when her car was struck by a felled tree on US 23 at Wise, Va. A Pound, Va., man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and trespassing for allegedly cutting the tree from property he did not own. Virginia State […]


WINTER BRIGHT SPOT — While Letcher County has for the most part been spared — knock on wood! — when it comes to measurable snowfall and bitterly cold temperatures plaguing other parts of the nation, the top of Pine Mountain has frequently been “snow capped,” resulting in its offering up many scenes like this one captured in a photograph taken […]

Jenkins plant may be ready for hemp work by summer

A hemp processing plant in Jenkins may be more than just a pipe dream. The head of a company planning the business said a date has been set to take possession of the former Ferus Corp. property at Jenkins, and could begin processing hemp by summer. “We’re at the finish line,” said Neal Spears, director of operations of East Kentucky […]

UK hoops legend visits to talk about his pill addiction

Basketball fans know Rex Chapman as a standout University of Kentucky Wildcat, and a 12-year NBA veteran who once scored 39 points against Michael Jordan. Phoenix, Ariz., police know him as a convicted felon who shoplifted more than $14,000 worth of merchandise from a store and pawned it. He knows himself as an addict who spent 14 years hooked on […]

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