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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 […]

Government shutdown may soon bring hunger and other woes here

The government shutdown could soon hit Letcher County families and businesses where it hurts — in the bellies of children, and the cash registers of grocery stores. Kentucky released federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamp) benefits for February on January 20, more than a week early, because the government is running out of money and would not have been […]

Knott wants more money for water it sends to Letcher

The Board of Directors of the Letcher County Water and Sewer District has been advised to file an application with the Kentucky Public Service Commission to determine if the Knott County Water District has unlawfully terminated its agreement to provide water to the Letcher County District, and if $3 per 1,000 gallons is the lawful rate. That is, if $3 […]

County officials learn about 350 homeless children here

On the evening of a day that began with temperatures around seven degrees, the Letcher County Fiscal Court learned there are at least 350 homeless school-age children in Letcher Country who have no permanent place to lay their heads at night. Letcher County Schools Homeless Liaison Virginia Hurst told the court that there is no room left in the Goose […]

Women had over 2 pounds of meth

A Floyd County woman and a friend are facing drug trafficking charges in Letcher County after being indicted here for allegedly smuggling more than two pounds of methamphetamines into the county from Atlanta, Georgia. According to a citation issued by Kentucky State Police Trooper Matt Martin, police learned in the process of a drug trafficking investigation that Amy Jo King, […]

Teacher is facing more charges in case involving girl

A Letcher County Grand Jury has indicted Charles Evans Hall, a Letcher County teacher and former consultant with the Kentucky Department of Education, on multiple counts related to a sexual relationship with 14-year-old female student, and child pornography charges. Hall, 45, of Jackhorn, is charged with unlawful use of an electronic device to engage in sexual or prohibited activities, tampering […]

Rebecca Terrill Amburgey dies; was longtime Jenkins city official

Longtime Jenkins City Council member Rebecca Terrill Amburgey died in Lexington this week after a long illness. Amburgey, who had served continuously on the city council since being elected to her first term in 1998, also served as the administrator of Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation’s Whitesburg Medical Clinic until her illness forced her to retire in 2018. She was born […]

Black Ice

BLACK ICE on Tuesday morning led to a Letcher Fire and Rescue ambulance crashing into a concrete barrier at Isom, and causing two other vehicles to collide while trying to avoid the accident. Kentucky State Police said the ambulance was traveling South on KY 15 when it hit an icy patch and the driver lost control. The driver of a […]

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