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New mayor states goals for city


Whitesburg Mayor Tiffany Craft said she wants to project an image of hospitality for the city, promote tourism more widely, finish the Daniel Boone Hotel, and build a parking structure to serve the planned hotel and the downtown. But first, she wants to beautify town before the Mountain Heritage Festival by pressure washing stonework around town, adding a new mural […]

Sheriff’s department charges drug defendant found asleep

The Letcher County Sheriff’s Department arrested a woman on drug charges after she allegedly passed out at District Court. According to the citation filed by Deputy Seth Whitaker, he was dispatched to the courtroom September 1 after Deputy Ben Fields called for another officer. Whitaker said in the citation that when he arrived, Peggy Sue Hamilton, 41, of 104 Firefly […]

Letcher County reports 174 new cases of Covid-19 in a week

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COVID-19 has exacerbated a shortage of substitute teachers in the Letcher County Schools, forcing the district to close while it hopes for the number of cases to fall.

Ride mishap hurts two

A scary moment at Jenkins festival

A carnival ride mishap injured two children at the Jenkins Homecoming Days Festival on Saturday. The incident happened just before 8 p.m. Saturday evening as the 2021 festival was in full force. A witness said an arm of “The Spider” spinning ride broke loose when the passenger compartment was at its peak altitude of between 15 and 20 feet. A […]

Tourism group buys 833 acres of land in and around Jenkins


A foundation formed to promote tourism in Letcher County has purchased 833 acres around the City of Jenkins, including Raven Rock, the old Pine Mountain Tunnel, and a large portion of land in the viewshed of Pine Mountain Trail. EKY Heritage Foundation Inc. paid Pike Elkhorn Land Company $400,000 for the land, which lies on the northwest slope of Pine […]

Eight receive sentences

An Eolia woman has entered a plea of guilty in Letcher Circuit Court to charges against her. Shirley Priscilla Phillips, 61, of 5188 Ky. Hwy. 932, Eolia, pleaded guilty to first-degree disorderly conduct, second-degree criminal trespass, menacing, third-degree assault, first-degree wanton endangerment, resisting arrest, third-degree terroristic threatening, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs (first offense with aggravating […]


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