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Residents are able to keep health plans they’d feared losing

Waiver stopped

New insurance plans took effect January 1, but many Kentuckians get to keep an old plan they thought they had lost. Gov. Andy Beshear in his first week in office canceled a waiver of the Medicaid expansion program his predecessor Matt Bevin requested and obtained from the Trump administration. That waiver could have caused as many as 500,000 Kentuckians to […]

Hotel project’s first phase expected to meet deadline

The last section of crumbling walls, floors and ceilings has been stripped out of the Daniel Boone Hotel and now lies in a mountain of debris beside the century-old building. Architect Bill Richardson said the deadline for completion of the first phase is February 14, and it looks like the contractors may make the deadline, because framing and roofing are […]

Organ donor list is on rise

The drive for more organ donors in Letcher County had pulled in scores of people in the past year, Letcher Circuit Court Mike Watts said. Since taking office a year ago, Watts has been seeking out organ transplant recipients and getting permission from them to put their pictures on the walls of his driver’s license office as a close-to-home reminder […]

Court will vote on resolution opposing any new gun laws


The Letcher County Fiscal Court was expected to insert itself squarely into a national controversy December 30 when it had scheduled a special called meeting for 6 p.m. to discuss passage of a “Second Amendment Sanctuary” resolution. The resolutions have become a staple of Republican-controlled local governments in several states. What started as a spark in early 2018, became a […]

Woman charged here with smuggling large amount of meth faces federal time

A Floyd County woman accused of smuggling a kilogram of methamphetamine into Letcher County from Atlanta, Ga., will be sentenced in March on federal conspiracy charges. Amy Jo King, 39, of 22054 Ky. Rt. 122, Bypro, Ky., pleaded guilty December 16 in U.S. District Court in Pikeville to conspiring with Gregory Phillip Chaffins, Christopher Azzel Moore and unnamed others to […]

Cheerleading squad wins state championship

The West Whitesburg Elementary School cheerleaders brought home the championship trophy after winning the Elementary Game Day Division at the KAPOS State Cheerleading Competition held Saturday (Dec. 21) at the Alltech Arena on the grounds of Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. The team’s head coach, Megan Miller (pictured bottom left), also received the Elementary Coach of the Year award. Members […]

Prison sentences being cut by years in many local cases

15 inmates from Letcher Co. set for February releases

Long prison sentences don’t necessarily mean what jurors and crime victims think they do. At least five Letcher County residents sentenced to prison in November are due for parole in February, after serving just three months of years-long sentences. Kentucky has been releasing prisoners early because of overcrowding in the state’s jails and prisons. This is in addition to the […]

Judge orders offices, sanitation service closed

Letcher County Judge/Executive Terry Adams has ordered holiday closings for county offices and garbage pickup service. All county offices, including the sanitation billing office, will close at 1 p.m. on Monday and will not reopen until Thursday. Garbage pickup will be suspended for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but will resume on Thursday (Dec. 26) according to regular schedule. Following […]

4 charged in scheme to get meth from hospital into jail


Four people charged under the state’s organized crime statute for an alleged scheme to smuggle drugs into the Letcher County Jail have pleaded not guilty and waived their rights to preliminary hearings. Their cases will go straight to a grand jury for possible indictment. Anita Vickie Baker, 58, of 352 Pine Creek, and her daughter, April Anita Baker, 40, of […]

Ex-governor frees woman convicted in murder case here

Prosecutor demands investigation into actions by Bevin as he was leaving office

A Jeremiah woman convicted in a 2003 murder at Spring Branch has been released from prison after former Gov. Matt Bevin commuted her sentence from life to time served. Kathy Walters Williams was convicted in Letcher Circuit Court in April 2005 for the murder of Forrester Caudill, 19, on November 30, 2003, at Jeremiah. Williams was sentenced in May 2005, […]


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