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County seeks 45% rate hike for water

Water bills may go up

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has not yet added the Letcher County Water and Sewer District’s proposed 45-percent rate hike to its docket. A check of the district records on Tuesday showed no case yet assigned for the proposal. The district’s board of directors approved the increase at its October meeting, but it has to be approved by the PSC […]

Trump, McConnell win Letcher County

Sen. Johnny Ray Turner loses seat

Despite a large turnout for early voting, when Election Day was over, fewer people in Letcher County voted this year than in 2016. More votes could still come in. Any absentee ballot postmarked through Nov. 3 will still be counted if arrives by Friday. The final count will be totaled then, but election officials did not expect there to be […]

Nurse practitioner among 17 named in indictments

Grand jury charges 17 in indictments

Arraignment was set for today (Wednesday) for a nurse practitioner charged with multiple counts of sexual abuse, rape, and use of a minor in a sexual performance for an alleged illicit affair with a 16-year-old boy. Carrie Rebecca Lee Hall, 41, of Dry Fork, was arrested Friday morning and lodged in the Letcher County Jail, where she remained Wednesday under […]

Crews are digging to reopen 110-year-old railroad tunnel

Fixing old tunnel is key to extending trail and biking path to Pine Mtn.

Crews are again digging on “The Dug Hill,” reopening the 110-year-old railroad tunnel that was closed and blocked with dirt by the late 1980s. The tunnel passes through what is now known as Tunnel Hill, deep under the driveway to Whitesburg ARH Hospital. It connects Whitesburg and Ermine, and was once the site of the William S. “Bill Dug” Vermillion […]

Over 4,200 have voted early here

Over 4,200 have voted early in election that also includes Neon, Jenkins, W’burg races

With the election less than a week away, nearly half as many people in Letcher County have already voted as the total who voted in 2016. As of mid-day Tuesday, 4,222 people had cast their ballot either by paper absentee, or at early voting sites at the Letcher County Recreation Center and the Letcher County Clerk’s office, Clerk Winston Meade […]

Jenkins students to return to classes on November 4

Jenkins board votes to open classrooms

Jenkins Independent Schools will return to hybrid-schedule in-person classes on November 4. Parents will still have the final decision as to whether or not their children attend classes at the school or continue to pursue the virtual learning option. However, the progress students have made so far this year in virtual classes will figure into recommendations from the school as […]

County, cities set trick-or-treat times

Halloween and trick-or-treat times for Letcher County and the cities in the county are as follows: Letcher County – Door to door 4-7 p.m. Saturday night Whitesburg – Door to door 4-7 p.m. Saturday night. Trick-or-treaters should wear cloth face masks and stay at least six feet apart. Homes that wish to participate should leave a porch light on, and […]

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