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School supt. gets praise, criticism over the removal of religion works

Controversy over displays

Letcher County School Superintendent Denise Yonts said she has received criticism and support for removing religious displays from the schools after complaints from a national nonprofit. The Letcher County School District has removed some religious displays from Fleming-Neon Middle School, Martha Jane Potter Elementary School and Letcher County Central High School after two letters of complaint from the Freedom From […]

Waters rate hike won’t be as high as was first thought

Water rates to be cut some

Letcher County water customers will get a break on their rates in the form of a small decrease in the water rates announced in February by the Board of Directors of the Letcher County Water and Sewer District. The rates will be changed by the Kentucky Public Service Commis- sion to reflect a mistake made when the commission calculated the […]

Father, son are among six indicted

Grand jury indicts six

A father and son already jailed and charged with multiple offenses were indicted last week. Roger Lee Miles, 50, of 386 Sergent Loop, Thornton, is charged now by the grand jury with two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, two counts of second-degree persistent felony offender, complicity to acquire property from income from trafficking in a […]

A reason to celebrate

Letcher County Central head basketball coach Winston Lee celebrated with members of his team after he finished cutting down the nets after the Cougars won the championship of the Boys’ 53rd District Tournament held at Alice Lloyd College last week. (Photo by Chris Anderson)

Fishpond Lake gets $193,000 for ‘makeover’

Several improvements are planned for Fishpond

A nearly $200,000 grant to the Letcher County Fiscal Court will help pay for a comprehensive makeover of the park surrounding Fishpond Lake, providing tourists with a welcome center, rental cabins, improved recreational vehicle sites, laundry facilities and new signage. The county received a Land and Water Conservation Fund grant of $193,318 for the work, but that must be matched […]

Jenkins planning for dam emergency

Ragged flags bother Jenkins

The City of Jenkins will develop an enhanced emergency action plan to ensure the safety of residents in the event of a catastrophic event involving the Elkhorn Dam. At the March meeting of the Jenkins City Council, Mayor Todd Depriest told the council that there is no imminent danger of the dam breaking, but it does need to be repaired. […]

Three enter guilty pleas, one to serve prison time

A Perry County man who pleaded guilty to helping steal a car worth more than $10,000 and being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun will serve no prison time. Joseph John Nix, 33, of Lower Second Creek, Bonnyman, pleaded guilty last week to complicity to theft by unlawful taking of a car/ tools valued at $10,000 or more, […]


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