Cache of money and guns found

The Letcher County Sheriff ’s Office found collector coins, jewelry and two AR-15 style rifles when officers served search warrants on two storage buildings last week. Sheriff Mickey Stines said the items are believed to be the proceeds from drug trafficking.the left side was not sold. Workers began tearing out the interior of the building on Friday in preparation for […]

Drug probe leads to stolen guns, jewelry, and coins

One man has been arrested and an investigation is ongoing into guns, jewelry, and coins found in a storage building in Letcher County, after the sheriff ’s department obtained a search warrant in a drug investigation. “We believe these are the benefits or proceeds from drug activity,” Letcher County Sheriff Mickey Stines said. The sheriff ’s office served two search […]

Beshear reaffirms support for teacher pay raise


Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear reaffirmed his support for a teachers’ pay raise Tuesday evening in his first State of the Commonwealth speech to the Republican-dominated legislature. Speaking to a statewide television audience, the state’s new Democratic governor laid out a broad agenda that includes protecting health-care coverage, tackling criminal-justice reform, ending cuts to higher education and embracing new gaming-related revenues. […]

Man dies in logging mishap near Deane

A Knott County man died Saturday morning in a logging accident near Deane. Kentucky State Police said the dispatch center at Post 13 in Hazard received the call around 8:45 a.m. and Trooper Brandon Watts responded to the scene off Loves Branch. The initial investigation showed a logging crew was cutting trees when a felled tree became lodged in the […]

King Day brunch scheduled here Jan. 20

Letcher County’s 23rd annual Martin Luther King Day brunch will be held Monday at the CANE Kitchen in Whitesburg. The event is held every year on Jan. 20 to celebrate the life of the slain civil rights leader. This year’s event will also honor Bishop Willie Lamb of McRoberts. Lamb’s parents moved to Letcher County from Alabama in 1905, when […]

Miners remain on tracks in Pike Co. blocking shipment


About a dozen Kentucky coal miners remained on train tracks Tuesday, saying they haven’t been paid for producing the coal in the train cars. The tracks lead from Quest Energy in Pike County. American Resources Corp., which owns Quest, told news outlets that the miners will all be paid. The company disputed miners’ claims that they haven’t been paid since […]

Police seeking three suspects in cop shooting in Leslie County

Kentucky State Police are investigating a police-involved shooting Saturday that left one suspect and a deputy wounded. According to Kentucky State Police in Hazard, a Leslie County deputy sheriff was investigating a burglary and arson in the Asher area of Leslie County, about 15 miles from the Letcher County line at Gilley, when he noticed a vehicle in the area […]

Banks supports call for FBI probe of pardons

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron has asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation to investigate controversial pardons former Gov. Matt Bevin issued shortly before he left office last month. In a Dec. 30 letter to two Democratic Kentucky lawmakers, the Republican attorney general said he has sent “a formal request to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to investigate this matter.” […]

State will no longer charge fees for people seeking GED diploma

Kentucky will start waiving testing fees for people wanting to obtain a GED diploma to help thousands of adults improve their career opportunities, Gov. Andy Beshear said Tuesday. The Education and Workforce Development Cabinet has allotted $600,000 in state funding to waive test fees to eliminate a financial barrier for people seeking GED diplomas, Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman […]

County OK’s 2nd Amendment ‘sanctuary’ resolution

In a unanimous vote before an enthusiastic audience, the Letcher County Fiscal Court has declared Letcher County as a Second Amendment Sanctuary. The vote took place at a special called meeting December 30, which was held in the Circuit Courtroom to accommodate the large crowd. When the vote for Resolution 2019-59 was final, the standing-room audience erupted in applause. By […]

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