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TVA wants to shutter coal plants in Ky., Tenn.


PARADISE, Ky. A report by the Tennessee Valley Authority says it no longer makes sense to keep burning coal at its Paradise, Kentucky, power plant, despite calls by state and federal officials to keep it open. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that the TVA environmental assessment released Monday also recommends closing the Bull Run Fossil Plant in Oak Ridge […]

Men wearing blackface is part of county’s history


With all the controversy taking place in neighboring Virginia over current Gov. Ralph Northam wearing blackface in a photograph in his 1984 medical school yearbook, it is hard to believe for many people today that watching educated white men sing and perform skits with their faces painted black was once an accepted form of entertainment in nearly every community in […]

Big raffle to feature UK basketball tickets


The Neon Lions Club met this week on February 5. It was a warm day, as the temperature jumped all the way up to 71 degrees. Lots of activity, ballgames at local schools, the upcoming University of Kentucky ballgame coming shortly tonight and the warm weather, made for a small crowd tonight. However, we did have a decent number of […]

Bill would provide firefighters with Hepatitis A vaccine

Senator Johnny Ray Turner, D-Prestonsburg, has filed legislation to protect Kentucky firefighters by expanding its Hepatitis B continued inoculation voucher program to include Hepatitis A vaccinations. “With the outbreak and recurring spread of Hepatitis A in the commonwealth, firefighters from Harlan County approached me with concerns that some older firefighters have not had the Hepatitis A vaccine,” said Senator Turner. […]

Hearings set for 4

Prelminary hearings are set for February 14 for three of four suspects arrested in two separate meth cases last week. The fourth suspect will next appear in court February 21. Officers with the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Office confiscated 29 grams of crystal methamphetamine from four suspects deputies arrested during a two-day period last week. Three people were arrested and […]

Bevin supports medical pot



STANFORD, Ky. Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin spoke about his support for legalizing medical marijuana in highly personal terms on Tuesday, telling a community forum that his teenage nephew died after fighting “a very hard battle with cancer.” Asked about his stance on marijuana during the two-hour community event, the Republican governor said he would be “happy” to sign a bill […]

Dry Fork man seen on video stealing gas tank

A Dry Fork man was arrested after a video of someone stealing a propane tank circulated on Facebook. Brett McCown, 48, was arrested February 11 after Chad Yonts of Circle Drive in Whitesburg, whose tank was stolen, obtained a warrant based on the security camera footage. Several people who viewed the video identified the man pictured as McCown. In the […]

Neon appoints two to council

The Fleming-Neon City Council filled two council seats at its February meeting that were left vacant after last year’s November elections when Tom Haynes and Brett Holland declined to seek another council term and no one else ran. Councilman James D. Collins suggested that Kenneth Holbrook fill one seat and Mayor Susie Polis placed Ricky Fleming in nomination to fill […]

9 named in indictments

The Letcher Grand Jury has named nine people in 12 indictments including a man and a woman charged with complicity to trafficking two grams or more of methamphetamine. Johnathan B. Asher, 30, also known as Jonathan Asher and John Asher, of 173 Redale Road, Pikeville, is charged with speeding 26 miles per hour over the limit, first-degree complicity with Melissa […]

Co-workers trying to help pay for surgery


Jonathan Day didn’t want to go to the doctor for something as minor as a sore on his foot. As a Ojibwe man, Day knew he was at risk for diabetes. First Nations men in Canada, where Day was born, are 2.5 times as likely to have diabetes as non- First-Nations men, and Native Americans in the U.S. are twice […]


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