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Election changes to affect candidates, county voting places

Local candidates in next spring’s election have to navigate a whole new system of filing this year after the state placed all filing forms and finance forms online. County Clerk Winston Meade said new regulations require candidates to fill out their declaration forms and filing forms on the state Board of Elections website and then fill out finance forms on […]

Indictments name 17

Seventeen people are named in 19 indictments in Letcher Circuit Court. In one indictment, Mark Can Bentley, 39, of 60 Mosquito, McRoberts, is charged with tampering with physical evidence, two counts of third-degree possession of a controlled substance (drug unspecified), two counts of first-degree prescription controlled substance not in original container, buy/possess drug paraphernalia, trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine), trafficking […]

He’ll be at the World Series, but will see little of the action

When baseball’s World Series reaches Atlanta for Game Three on Friday night, it will mark yet another historic sporting event Randy Collins will attend yet see little of the action that will take place on the field. The same thing happened to Collins, a Letcher County native, during the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, the 1994 NCAA Men’s Final […]

School board hears from parents of boy who went missing

The parents of a child who went missing for more than 30 minutes when he walked away from a playground and onto a busy highway have filed a formal complaint with the Letcher County Public Schools. Andrew and Ashli Fugate of Jeremiah went to the Board of Education meeting Monday night to air their grievances about how their five-year-old son […]

Hiker to High Rock hurts ankle, has to be rescued

Volunteer firefighters, emergency medical services and rescue personnel spent nearly 12 hours on Pine Mountain Sunday afternoon into the early morning hours of Monday rescuing a hiker with an injured ankle. Officials said the female hiker either broke or sprained her ankle and called 9-1-1 around 4 p.m. on Sunday. Crews were dispatched to Bad Branch Falls, but after arriving […]


BIG TURNOUT FOR A GREAT CAUSE — Cars and trucks were plentiful and colorful this past Saturday as they filled the parking lot of the old Whitesburg High School for Kentucky State Police Post 13’s first annual “Cruising With Cruisers” Car Show. Benefits from the event will fund Post 13’s annual “Shop With A Trooper” Christmas program for less fortunate […]

County workers to get bonus pay of up to $2,000

The Letcher County Fiscal Court has approved giving COVID-19 work bonuses to the county government’s employees. At the court’s October meeting this week, the county’s magistrates unanimously approved granting one-time bonus payments to county employees who worked any hours between September 1 and October 15. The payments will be for the equivalent of $13 per hour for all hours worked […]

Boy, 5, goes missing from school, parents say legal action coming

Parents of a kindergarten student who went missing from Letcher Elementary School for more than a half-hour this week say they are contacting a lawyer about what they say was “an epic failure” by the school. Colton Fugate, 5, went missing from the playground at the school, which is separated from KY 7 by railroad tracks. Passersby found him a […]

County library board approves pay raises

The Letcher County Library District will raise salaries to a minimum of $10 per hour, using money that was already budgeted for raises that were not implemented in July, when the budget began. Employees making over $10 per hour will get a 5 percent raise. The move replaced a proposed across-the-board increase for all employees. Library District Board Member Howard […]


CHAMPIONS — A beautiful sunset shone over Whitesburg as Letcher Central goal keeper Harley Driskell waited for the ball to come her way during the title game of the girls’ 53rd District Soccer Tournament. The Lady Cougars came away with a 2-0 victory last Thursday to claim the district crown. They advanced to play in the 14th Regional Tournament at […]

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