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Two dead at Cowan

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A man and a woman are dead of apparent gunshot wounds at a home near the foot of Cowan Mountain. The bodies have been sent to Frankfort for autopsy, but detectives with the Kentucky State Police do not believe there were any others involved in the incident, and say they to not think there is a threat to public safety. […]

Fiscal court agrees to help tourism commission get funds for major Fishpond Lake improvements


Letcher Countians may have a better recreation area and sizable tourist draw in the not too distant future. At its June meeting, the Letcher County Fiscal Court approved a resolution of support to participate with the Letcher County Tourism Commission for a U.S. Land and Water Conservation Fund grant proposal. The funding would be used to finance an ambitious set […]

Car stolen from Lawrence County is found here; suspects able to get away

Whitesburg Police recovered a vehicle stolen from Lawrence County after a pursuit Sunday night. Police Chief Tyrone Fields said an officer was patrolling when he attempted to stop a black Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck with no license plate. He said the driver refused to stop, and fled up KY 931 North toward Sandlick. Fields said the truck turned up a […]

Rabies clinic

The Kentucky River District Health Department will hold a rabies clinic in Knott County on June 21 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Carr Fork Fire Department, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Knott County Health Department, and from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Emmalena Elementary School. The rabies clinic will take place in Letcher County from 10 […]

Pikeville Medical Center holds open house at Specialty Clinic

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City OK’s hotel bid


The second time could be the charm for the Daniel Boone Hotel building. The Whitesburg City Council approved a bid last night (Tuesday), to begin demolition and stabilization of the 100-year-old building, the largest historic structure in downtown Whitesburg. It was the second time the city advertised for bids for stabilization of the building, the roof of which partly collapsed […]

Mullins retiring as chief, but staying a firefighter

Gary Mullins has spent nearly half a century fighting fires in the city of Whitesburg. He will retire as chief of the Whitesburg Fire Department at the end of the month. Mullins will continue to volunteer at the department, but will no longer be a paid employee. Mullins has served on the department for 47 years, the past 10 as […]

Whitesburg’s water, sewer rates will rise beginning on July 1

Cost of garbage pick-up at homes and businesses will also increase

Water and sewer rates will be raised in the City of Whitesburg on July 1, after Ordinance 2019-3 has undergone a second reading next Tuesday and is published. The minimum rate for water customers inside the city will be $13.40 per month, and the rate for water customers outside the city will be $24 per month. Each water customer will […]

Save coal miners’ pensions: Promise shouldn’t be broken

In the 19th century, American coal miners scraped to get by even as they labored in notoriously unsafe conditions to produce the black gold that made company owners rich and the nation strong. It took well into the 20th century — and a series of strikes — for miners to get the respect, pay and benefits they deserved. None of […]

Measles threat reason enough to vaccinate

The number of measles cases in the U.S. has skyrocketed in recent years, reaching its highest level in nearly two decades — since the disease was deemed eliminated in 2000 — and the best way to prevent the spread of this dangerous and potentially fatal disease is vaccines. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 981 cases have […]


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