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Jenkins council hears complaints about roads


Problems with city roads were the main topic at the December meeting of the Jenkins City Council, which was shortened by illness and absences. Both Council Member Rebecca Amburgey and Water Plant Manager Bo Hopkins were absent because of being hospitalized. Toni Jenkins, who was not re-elected in the November election, also did not attend the meeting. Sammy Elswick, who […]

Deputies honored for work in large meth bust

Sheriff Danny Webb (left), who will retire in January as Letcher County’s longest serving sheriff, awarded deputies Alisha Congleton and Sidney Fields with commendations for meritorious service for an investigation that netted $180,000 worth of high-quality crystal methamphetamine during a raid in March at Bottom Fork. Fields was also awarded a ribbon recognizing his deployment last year to Afghanistan with […]

Teacher is focus of child sex probe


The Kentucky State Police Electronic Crimes Branch and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force are investigating a Letcher County school district teacher who allegedly had sex with a 15-year-old female student, then continued to send her explicit photos and texts via Snapchat. The male teacher had previously been suspended from his job as a middle school teacher for the […]

Jenkins officials, resort boosters are pleased with Beshear’s call for gaming

Attorney General Andy Beshear’s call on state lawmakers to pass legislation that could lead to the legalization of casino gaming in Kentucky was met with enthusiasm this week by city officials and private citizens working to locate a resort casino near Jenkins. Beshear this week called on legislators to boost the state’s pension system in the upcoming session by creating […]

Ward says county can afford to pay insurance costs for rural fire squads


Volunteer fire departments in Letcher County will be able to combine their liability insurance into one policy, which would be paid for from the Letcher County Fiscal Court’s annual operating budget in the future. The announcement came at the fiscal court’s November meeting, when Judge/Executive Jim Ward reported that he had received a quote from the Kentucky Association of Counties […]


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