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Basketball action returns

Loren Boggs of the Letcher County Central High School Lady Cougars glides through the air on her way to connecting for two of the eight points she scored in her team’s 75-44 victory over Harlan in a game played at LCC. The Lady Cougars had a 10-5 record heading into their next game, a home tilt against June Buchanan High […]

Police: Shooting of two is a result of drug buy that went bad near Isom

A Rockhouse man is in jail after allegedly shooting two men in a marijuana deal gone bad. Bobby Combs, 20, of Daniels Branch, was arrested about four hours after the shooting, which occurred on Racetrack at Isom. According to police reports, Zane Day called Kentucky State Police in Hazard about 7:06 p.m. Monday, saying that Combs had shot him and […]

Jenkins council splits on tax vote

Jenkins OK’s new tax plan on narrow vote

Businesses in the City of Jenkins will have to pay a 1.5 percent net profit tax in the coming year. In a split 3-2 vote, the Jenkins City Council voted Monday to institute the tax. Voting for the measure were Ernestine Hill, Shaun Collier, and Sammy Elswick. Voting no were Rick Damron and Garnett Bentley. Chuck Anderson abstained. There will […]

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 […]


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