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Santa, children go shopping with cops

Kentucky State Police Trooper Michael Burton exchanged hats with Santa Claus during KSP Post 13’s “Shop With A Trooper” event at Walmart in Whitesburg on December 7. Pictured with Burton and Santa are Christopher Davis (left) and his brother Ben Davis (right). (Photo by Chris Anderson) You are unauthorized to view this page. Username Password Remember Me     Forgot […]

US 119 rebuild hits roadblock

A newly widened section of US 119 North between Pine Mountain Junction and Letcher County Central High School is open to traffic, but drivers expecting more of the road to be rebuilt will have to wait. Drivers concerned about the potholes and rough patching between Kona and Payne Gap will likely see improvements in the spring, highway department officials say, […]

Sheriff Webb: ‘It went by fast’

The first week of next month, Letcher County’s sheriff will take off his badge and retire after 46 years as state trooper and county sheriff. Sheriff Danny Ray Webb is the only sheriff in the county’s history to have entered office as a police academy graduate, and the only one to serve more than three terms in office. Until the […]

State auditor says local governments can’t give cash or food as bonuses

With Christmas less than two weeks away, local governments and agencies may soon hear a big “bahhumbug” from Frankfort. Public agencies that have for years given Christmas bonuses or holiday hams and turkeys aren’t legally allowed to do so, according to the Kentucky State Auditor’s office. The issue came up last year in a special audit of the city of […]

Miners travel to Washington to fight for black lung funds

Retired coal miners and supporters from Letcher County and elsewhere in Appalachia were in Washington last week to urge lawmakers to extend a tax that benefits miners sick with black lung disease. The excise tax paid by coal companies funds the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund, but if Congress doesn’t act the tax will decrease by about 55 percent at […]

Convicts, attorneys file lawsuit to halt work on prison

Lawyers from Pittsburgh and New Orleans, along with 21 federal convicts spread out in prisons across the United States, have filed suit against the government to stop the construction of a federal prison in Letcher County. The suit claims the U.S. Bureau of Prisons violated the law by failing to place documents concerning the prison construction in the libraries of […]

Teacher’s bond set at $250,000 cash after his arrest on sex-related charges

A teacher and former consultant with the Kentucky Department of Education is in jail with bail set at $250,000 cash after being arrested Friday for allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old female student. Charles Evans Hall, 45, of Jackhorn, is charged with third-degree rape, prohibited use of an electronic device to procure a minor for sex offenses, first-degree sexual abuse […]

Jenkins council hears complaints about roads

Problems with city roads were the main topic at the December meeting of the Jenkins City Council, which was shortened by illness and absences. Both Council Member Rebecca Amburgey and Water Plant Manager Bo Hopkins were absent because of being hospitalized. Toni Jenkins, who was not re-elected in the November election, also did not attend the meeting. Sammy Elswick, who […]

Teacher is focus of child sex probe

The Kentucky State Police Electronic Crimes Branch and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force are investigating a Letcher County school district teacher who allegedly had sex with a 15-year-old female student, then continued to send her explicit photos and texts via Snapchat. The male teacher had previously been suspended from his job as a middle school teacher for the […]

Jenkins officials, resort boosters are pleased with Beshear’s call for gaming

Attorney General Andy Beshear’s call on state lawmakers to pass legislation that could lead to the legalization of casino gaming in Kentucky was met with enthusiasm this week by city officials and private citizens working to locate a resort casino near Jenkins. Beshear this week called on legislators to boost the state’s pension system in the upcoming session by creating […]

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