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13 more are indicted

Grand jury charges 13 more in indictments

Thirteen Letcher County residents and a Knott County man are named in indictments by the Letcher County Grand Jury. They are: • Raleigh Dean Slone, 53, of 191 Madison Avenue, Whitesburg, who is charged with second-degree assault and kidnapping with serious physical injury. Slone is accused of assaulting Ruth Breeding and unlawfully restraining her with the intent to cause injury […]

County judge’s reaction to protesters stirs anger

Letcher County Judge/Executive Terry Adams had to face angry citizens Monday morning, and again at the Fiscal Court meeting Monday night after he posted a piece on his personal Facebook page on Sunday criticizing people who participated in Friday night’s Black Live Matters protest in Whitesburg. After the post was noticed by protesters and their supporters, Adams made it private. […]

8 new COVID-19 cases found here

FREE Local shoppers are urged to be aware of symptoms
COVID-19 on rise here

The Kentucky River District Health Department reported eight additional cases of COVID-19 in Letcher County over the weekend, including one employee of the Whitesburg Walmart and one employee of the Letcher County Jail. Anyone who visited the Whitesburg Walmart between May 30 and June 13 is being asked to monitor themselves for symptoms. They may also seek testing. A relative […]

Indictments name 11

Child-porn suspects among 11 indicted

The Letcher County Grand Jury has charged two neighbors with scores of crimes related to child pornography. Dalton Matthew Bates, 23, of Lot 1 of Wright’s Trailer Court in Neon, faces 40 counts, including distribution of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor, possession of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor and advertising material portraying sexual performance by a […]

Woman describes encounter with bear

‘They’re not concerned at all about people,’ judge says of black bears

In the cartoons, Yogi was smarter than the average bear. A picture taken by a Whitesburg woman shows he has a protégé on Pine Mountain. “I go across the mountain to work every day — I’m the lunchroom manager at Arlie Boggs Elementary — and he was just standing there,” said Shannon Trent, who snapped the picture of Letcher County’s […]

Order to release jail inmates draws ire of officials here

Inmate release draws criticism

Cops can lead a criminal to jail, but they can’t make him stay during the COVID-19 pandemic. At least, not most criminals under an order issued in April by the Supreme Court of Kentucky and then extended at the end of May. Supreme Court Order 2020-45 allows for “administrative release” of many prisoners who don’t meet the court’s definition of […]

County school officials still not sure when (or if) 2020-21 term will begin

Schools to open?

Letcher County Schools haven’t yet decided how or if schools will reopen next year due to COVID-19, but the current plan would place students on a schedule similar to that used by colleges, and also allow for online classes similar to what was done this spring. Superintendent Denise Yonts said information from the state Department of Education is changing almost […]


JENKINS VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS listened as Jamie Rose of High Tech Rescue in Shelbyville, Ky., instructed them on new extrication equipment the department purchased with a $43,300 American Fire Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The equipment is used to cut up vehicles to remove car crash victims, and can be used to free victims in structural collapses. Pictured (left […]

Funerals to be held here for 2 killed in Louisville

Funeral services will be held Thursday at the Little Colley Pentecostal Church for Tayler Lee Adams, who was one of two young Letcher Countians killed in a car crash Sunday in Louisville. Adams, 21, of Isom and Treston Hughes, formerly of Letcher County, died at the scene of the collision at the intersection of Breckinridge Lane and Taylorsville Road in […]

Not responding to Census hurts county and cities, officials say

Letcher County ranks 100th in filling our Census forms

Despite daily reminders by mail and through the media to complete Census forms, eastern Kentucky still lags far behind the state and the nation in the number of people self-reporting their information to the Census. State and local officials are worried the lack of participation will have an adverse affect on the money governments will receive to do needed work […]

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