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FIRST SNOW OF AUTUMN

– The Sanders Collins Cabin sits isolate in the first snowfall on Pine Mountain. Letcher County schools were closed Tuesday and today because of ice and low temperatures. (Photo by Sam Adams) You are unauthorized to view this page. Username Password Remember Me     Forgot Password

Grand jury charges Camp Branch man in brother’s murder

Jury indicts man after hospital incident

The Letcher Grand Jury has named Eddie Ryan Profitt, Jr., 44, in an indictment charging him with murder in the shooting death of his brother. Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard received a 9-1-1 call at 4:43 a.m. September 10 that a man had been found unresponsive in the basement of a house at 339 Cane Hollow. When troopers […]

City moving ahead with its plan to annex upper part of Solomon

Council hears update on Boone hotel project

Mayor James W. Craft this week told the Whitesburg City Council he intends to have the city attorney draft an ordinance to begin the annexation process on the upper Solomon Road community. Speaking at the council’s November meeting Tuesday night, Craft said the residents of Solomon have been interviewed and it is now time to get started with an ordinance. […]

Coal firm says suspect in sex, drugs case was not involved in its day-to-day operations

Firm says suspect helped with papers

The president of Mark Energy LLC says a man arrested last week on federal drug and sex trafficking charges has nothing to do with his company. Kenny Spangler said in a statement issued last week that he has never met or spoken with Mark Milslagle, who was charged in federal court last week with complicity to trafficking in pills containing […]

High schoolers to use grant to read to MJP students

Letcher County Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) President Lindsay Baker and club members accept a $300 check from Upper Kentucky River Education Association Treasurer Harry Collins. FBLA members will use these grant funds awarded through the Kentucky Education Association Read Across America Grant competition to purchase materials to lead a high-energy, engaging morning of reading activities with the kindergarten […]

Drugs, prostitution probe brings arrest of Eolia mine holder

Sex, drugs cases reach into Letcher

A four-year investigation into drug trafficking and prostitution in eastern Kentucky has resulted in the arrest of a man with ties to a Letcher County coal company. Mark J. Milslagle is a former Lexington accountant and one of two organizers of Mark Energy LLC, the successful bidder for an Eolia mine liquidated as part of the Blackjewel Holding Co. bankruptcy. […]

Jenkins finally able to replace water lines in place since 1912

The Jenkins City Council will begin the final step in a process that has taken nearly 20 years just after January 1, 2020, when it advertises for bids for the last of the water lines that may have been in place since 1912. The council began the process of replacing all the city’s water lines around 2000 during the administration […]

Bevin wins easily here, but Beshear captures statewide race for Guv

Democrats outnumber Republicans in every precinct in Letcher County, but Republican candidates won every race in nearly every precinct here on Tuesday. Not so statewide, but close. Republican took every prize except the top one. Unofficial returns Tuesday night show Attorney General Andy Beshear, a Democrat, besting Gov. Matt Bevin by about 5,000 votes out of more than 1.4 million […]

History keeps on growing at Leatherwood battle site


The grass quivers with each boom of the cannon, and the smell of black powder drifts on the breeze. Not far away is single-file line of log cabins, a rough-lumber store and a stone blacksmith shop whose door is yards from a swinging bridge that crosses Leatherwood Creek. And over there, on the far end of the field of honor, […]

Indictment says woman stole over $10,000 from work

A Whitco woman has been indicted on charges of embezzling thousands of dollars from the cash-advance business where she worked as a manager, and cashing cold check that together total almost as much. Tracey Lynn Sturgill, 40, of 138 Riverside Trailer Court at Whitco, is charged with one count of theft by deception over $10,000 and two counts of theft […]


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