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75 years later, D-Day still haunts and drives its vets

OMAHA BEACH, France They are back, some for the first time since war stole their innocence 75 years ago on Normandy’s D-Day beaches. They are back on battlefields where the World War II veterans saw friends killed, took lives themselves, were scarred physically and men- tally and helped change the course of history. Given the painful memories, given their unfamiliarity […]

Overlook opens high above Jenkins

ELKHORN LAKE SPARKLES in the distance from the site of a new overlook built by the Letcher County Tourism Commission on US 23 South near Pound Gap, overlooking the city of Jenkins. The deck is built with the same design as overlooks built in 2017 on US 119 South near Whitesburg. (Photo by Sam Adams)

Blackey man, 47, indicted on seven counts after attack on his mom, others

A man indicted this month on felony charges of assaulting his mother and brother-in-law and dragging his injured mother from the house was arrested for the same incident earlier, but only charged with a misdemeanor. Mark Gideon Hogg, 47, of 13428 Main Street Loop, Blackey, is charged with seven counts related to an incident on March 27 at the home […]

Pound native to kick off free concert series here

The second year of the Levitt Amp concert series in Whitesburg kicks off tomorrow night (Thursday) with rising country music star Kaitlyn Baker. Baker, originally from Pound, Va., is touted as a new “coal miner’s daughter,” and her debut single “Burn” reached No. 54 on the Music Row Breakout chart in 2015. Her single “Coal Train” was included on the […]

Federal marshals arrest Letcher man in old case

U.S. Marshals have arrested a Letcher County man on a sealed warrant related to a seven-year-old drug case. Curtis Venters, 46, was arrested on the night of May 23 and appeared the next morning in U.S. District Court in London for violation of the conditions of release in a 2012 drug trafficking case. U.S. Magistrate Judge Hanly A. Ingram ordered […]

Chase ends in shooting death of Isom man

A Kentucky State Police trooper was injured and an Isom man was shot and killed during a high-speed chase near the Letcher-Perry county line Tuesday evening. Christopher L. Brown, 32, of Scrapshin Branch, Isom, was pronounced dead at the scene on Montgomery Creek. His last known address was in Hindman, but he did not appear to have a permanent address. […]

Flags pay tribute to five service branches

As the United States prepares to observe Memorial Day for the 151st year, Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation of Whitesburg placed a series of flags honoring the five branches of service — Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Air Force — whose members have given their lives in defense of our country. These flags and five more like them, along […]

County’s trucks, other equipment will soon be too far gone to repair

It isn’t news that the collapse of the coal economy and the loss of coal severance tax receipts has put Letcher County and other coal counties in a bad financial situation, but it has forced the road and sanitation departments in Letcher County to use equipment that is worn out and has been rebuilt so often it is almost impossible […]


HEAVY(ER) TRAFFIC — A repaving project that began May 8 on the Whitesburg bypass is bringing unusually heavy traffic downtown as motorists try to stay away from even longer delays on the bypass itself. This photograph of Webb Street was taken Tuesday afternoon. The work is expected to last two more weeks.

Trump budget plan won’t stop prison, Rogers’s office says

The Trump administration’s 2020 budget request calls for taking away a half a billion dollars appropriated but still unused to build a federal prison in Letcher County. Congress appropriated $444 million for the prison here in 2016, and the Trump administration began trying to kill the project in 2017. The Record of Decision for a site was completed more than […]

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