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Accidental concrete spill kills some Kingscreek fish

A fish kill on Kingscreek last week was caused by an accidental spill of concrete during construction of a bridge, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife said. Conservation Officer Homer Pigman said he was called to the area after residents found minnows dead along a section of creek about one quarter- to one half-mile long. “The county was contracting a boy to […]

Historical marker pays tribute to teens killed in 1966 accident

It was a simple event that might normally draw a couple of dozen people in Letcher County. But the dedication of a historic marker Saturday on KY7 South drew 150 people, and showed that while the event the marker commemorates occurred 53 years before, the pain was still fresh for the community. Family members, classmates, neighbors and would-be rescuers gathered […]

New hemp plant gets its building, will start in May

A $1.4 million hemp processor that will be located in Letcher County is undergoing testing and should be installed at a Jenkins plant in May. The processor will be owned and operated by East Kentucky Extraction and will be located at the Gateway Industrial Park in the building vacated by FERUS Industries. “They took possession of the building yesterday, and […]

Indictments name 5

The Letcher Grand Jury has named five people in indictments including a Blackey man charged with possession of oxycodone and marijuana. Dallas Richmond Banks, 39, of 97 Boot Hill Road, is accused of firstdegree possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone, second offense), illegal possession of a controlled substance (marijuana), possession/use of drug paraphernalia, operating a vehicle while under the influence […]

Authorities visit pain management clinics

State and federal law-enforcement officers, including agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration, were seen earlier this week gathering documents from at least two of three Neurology and Pain Management clinics operated by Dr. Sai Gutti and Dr. Sujata Gutti in Letcher and Pike counties. While agents were photographed Monday leaving the Gutti clinics in Pikeville and Belfry with documents in […]

Ex-deputy sues new sheriff, who denies all claims

A former Letcher County Deputy Sheriff has filed suit in U.S. District Court against Sheriff Mickey Stines, claiming he retaliated against her for campaigning against him in the election. Stines denies all the allegations. Alisha Congleton, who served as a deputy for four years, was a sergeant for Sheriff Danny Webb when she and the rest of the deputies were […]

Feds file gun, drug charges

Federal agents have arrested a Letcher County man and accused him of selling drugs and guns from his home at Millstone. Charles “Bud” Perry Jr., 56, of Millstone, is being held without bond in the Pike County Detention Center on charges of being a convicted felon in possession of firearms and distribution of a mixture or substance containing cocaine and […]

Son doesn’t want mom paroled here

A Mayking man is pleading with officials to keep his mother, who was convicted of murdering her husband here 28 years ago, out of Letcher County when she is released from state prison, probably next week. Bennett Kincer, 57, of Pine Creek, is now six years older than his mother, Rebecca Jane Kincer, was when she murdered her husband, Vernal […]

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