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Two dead at Cowan


A man and a woman are dead of apparent gunshot wounds at a home near the foot of Cowan Mountain. The bodies have been sent to Frankfort for autopsy, but detectives with the Kentucky State Police do not believe there were any others involved in the incident, and say they to not think there is a threat to public safety. […]

Document says $505 million for prison here would be used to enforce immigration laws

Money saved from stopping plans to build a new federal prison in Letcher County would be used on “enforcing immigration laws” and “improving national security,” the Trump administration says in a document prepared to justify the halting of the project and taking back the $505 million that has been allocated to it. The Department of Justice document also lists the […]

Whitesburg council explores annexation

Residents in Solomon Creek will soon be offered the opportunity to be part of the City of Whitesburg. At the Whitesburg City Council’s June meeting, Councilman Derek Barto, a longtime proponent of annexation, said it is time to get the matter taken care of. Mayor James Wiley Craft said the cost of doing a survey could be a problem, since […]

Pharmacy’s closing to hurt city’s liquor tax receipts

The pending closure of Rite Aid in Whitesburg will leave a big empty building at city’s west end, and a big empty hole in its liquor licenses and tax receipts. The Rite Aid store sold to Walgreen last year, and closed its pharmacy on Monday. The entire store is in the middle of clearance sales and will soon close completely. […]

Grand jury indicts nine

Two McRoberts men are named in indictments by the Letcher Grand Jury charging them with trafficking in methamphetamine. Curtis Wayne Anderson, 35, of 50 Lonesome Dove Drive, is accused of complicity with Corey Fraley in tampering with physical evidence, firstdegree trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine), first-degree possession of controlled substance (methamphetamine) and being a second-degree persistent felony offender. The […]

Play On!

PLAY ON! — While their older siblings were in a rain delay during Fleming-Neon Little League action last week, Drew Richardson (left), Ryder Mullins (center), and Allan Jones decided to have some fun on a wet infield at Goose Creek Park. Richardson plays for the Minor League team the Nationals, while Mullins and Jones play for the Orioles.

U.S. government to withdraw action needed to build prison at Roxana

The Trump administration is withdrawing the Record of Decision to place a prison in Letcher County, halting — at least for the foreseeable future — the project, which has been in the works for nearly 15 years. The federal Department of Justice plans on Friday to issue a public notice of the withdrawal of the Record of Decision to purchase […]

Is this year the last for Neon Days event?

The annual Neon Days Celebration could be nearing the end of a long run of entertaining residents of Fleming-Neon and visitors. At this week’s June meeting of the Neon City Council, councilman and Neon Days Committee member James D. Collins announced that there will not be a July 4 fireworks celebration this year due to the lack of funds. Then […]

Fire destroys 2 homes

Two mobile homes at UZ were total losses after fire swept through them Monday evening. Sandlick Fire Chief Mike Amburgey said the first trailer was already burned to the ground when his department arrived, and the other was on fire. To make matters worse, several propane tanks behind the trailer that was still burning were screeching loudly as a gas […]

New overlook near Jenkins said to be luring visitors who are driving through

Visitors from around the country have already visited the new overlook on the northbound lane of US 23 near Pound Gap, Jenkins Mayor Todd Depriest said, and if they stop to visit the city, visitors will find a new dock on Elkhorn Lake along with new picnic tables. At the May meeting of the Jenkins City Council, Depriest praised the […]

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