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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 […]

Ward says county can afford to pay insurance costs for rural fire squads


Volunteer fire departments in Letcher County will be able to combine their liability insurance into one policy, which would be paid for from the Letcher County Fiscal Court’s annual operating budget in the future. The announcement came at the fiscal court’s November meeting, when Judge/Executive Jim Ward reported that he had received a quote from the Kentucky Association of Counties […]

New superintendent wants every graduate work- or college-ready


If the new superintendent of schools for Letcher County gets her way, every student who is graduated from Letcher County Central High School will be certified as a career or college ready. Denise Yonts took over as Superintendent earlier this month. She replaces Superintendent Tony Sergent, who retired in October after about four and a half years in the position […]

Bill’s co-sponsors say it would help miners who suffer black lung

A bill introduced by Rep. Angie Hatton, Democrat of Whitesburg, and Rep. Robert Goforth, Republican of East Bernstadt, aims at reversing a state law that severely limits the number of doctors who can diagnose black lung. The law, which took effect in June, allows only pulmonologists who are also certified as “B readers” to diagnose the disease. Several hundred radiologist […]

Grand jury indicts eight

The Letcher County Grand Jury has named eight people in nine indictments. Tosha L. Howard, 31, of 107 Railroad Hill, Jenkins, is charged with second-degree assault, seconddegree escape, tampering with physical evidence, second-degree possession controlled substance (drug unspecified), third-degree possession controlled substance (drug unspecified), buy/possess drug paraphernalia, operating motor vehicle under influence alc./ drugs .08 (second offense) and be ing […]

Attorney claims harassment after police chase


A Pikeville attorney charged with fleeing and evading police in Whitesburg says the Kentucky State Police trooper involved had harassed him in the past and was supposed to have no contact with him. The incident occurred shortly before 11 p.m. on November 4 when John L. Hamilton allegedly drove 82 miles per hour on the Whitesburg bypass, and hid his […]

Letcher County teacher kicks off statewide campaign

Letcher County schoolteacher Jason Griffith speaks after announcing his candidacy for Kentucky Secretary of State at an event in Whitesburg. Griffith, band director at Letcher County Central High School, is seeking the Democratic nomination in next year’s primary election. He said he chose to run for the office to help protect voters’ rights and to help work on getting more […]

City will seek bids for the renovation of hotel building


The Whitesburg City Council voted at its November meeting this week to advertise for bids for the first phase of construction on the renovation of the old Daniel Boone Hotel on Main Street. Project Architect Bill Richardson of Whitesburg presented drawings to the council and suggestion a strategy for bidding the work that will allow the city government to proceed […]

Ex-coroner pleads guilty to assault

A former Letcher County official has pleaded guilty to charges he hit and bit his ex-girlfriend last month. Marty Alan Baker, 44, who was coroner for five years before he resigned last year, was sentenced to six months, probated for two years. Baker was charged with fourth degree assault with minor injury after allegedly head-butting, biting and kicking Brittany Boggs […]

Letcher felons charged in Louisville meth case

Two Letcher County men – both of whom were on supervised release for previous felony convictions – were arrested in Louisville on drug and weapons charges. Louisville Metro Police detectives, acting on a tip by another police officer, arrested Shiloh Cody Adams, 33, of Jeremiah, and Mitchell Darringer Adams, 34, of Cowan, Nov. 6 in a parking lot on Dixie […]


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