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Kentucky Mist making hand sanitizer at Whitesburg moonshine distillery

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Kentucky Mist Moonshine is making hand sanitizer to fight COVID-19

Food donated by supplier will feed 600 families here


Hundreds of boxes of food donated to Letcher County by a Louisville restaurant supplier were on their way to over 600 families in need Tuesday night. Fire departments across the county picked up boxes of vegetables and milk from CANE Kitchen in Whitesburg, where the food was delivered from Creation Gardens in Louisville. The food service company, which was founded […]

More closures ordered; virus in E.Ky.


Non-life-sustaining businesses in Kentucky will be required to close to in-person traffic as of 8 p.m. Thursday night because of the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Andy Beshear made the announcement Tuesday night. Details of what businesses will and will not be covered by the order will be released today (Wednesday), but Beshear said many businesses will still remain open, but with […]

Hoarders, gougers are warned


With hoarders and profiteers grabbing everything from the grocery shelves, Gov. Andy Beshear has renewed an executive order that will allow Attorney General Daniel Cameron to prosecute those who are price gouging during the COVID-19 emergency. Cameron’s office said that as of close of business Monday, it had received 860 complaints of price gouging statewide, 138 of which are in […]

Letcher Judge/Executive declares emergency, closes county buildings to public

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County buildings are closed to the public, and the county Office of Emergency Management has been placed on a full disaster footing.

Virus response includes lunches for kids

County, cities deal with virus

Kentuckians are battening down against a storm of bad news related to COVID-19, as schools, libraries, fitness centers and courts closed, the governor ordered restaurants to shut down to dine-in customers to stem the spread of the virus, and investors saw a stock market decline that rivaled Black Monday — October 28, 1929. As of Tuesday evening, 26 cases of […]

Letcher County’s grocers don’t expect any shortages

Letcher County grocery stores tried to reassure people today in a week when food, toilet paper, and hand sanitizer hoarders have run amok. While there has been a proliferation of photos on social media showing empty grocery shelves that have led to some empty shelves here, stores here say that for the most part, they don’t expect shortages, at least […]

County picks CANE Kitchen for jail meals


Inmates won’t be preparing the meals in the Letcher County Jail any more. The Letcher Fiscal Court voted unanimously Monday night to accept the bid of Community Agricultural Nutritional Enterprise (CANE Kitchen) of Whitesburg to provide meals for the jail. Only one other bid came in for food service from the jail, from Kellwell, of Beattyville. Kellwell is a national […]

State orders theaters, gyms, salons closed amid outbreak

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Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday ordered the closure of theaters, gyms, hair salons and many other businesses where people gather, taking new action in a bid to contain the new coronavirus. Beshear’s order, which takes effect by 5 p.m. Wednesday, exempts a cross-section of businesses that will be allowed to stay open. The exempted list includes grocery stores, banks, […]

Virus dominates Frankfort activity



Although there are dozens of issues still unresolved during this year’s legislative session, the outcome of most if not all depends on a single word we have all learned over the past two weeks — coronavirus. The actions much of the country has taken this month in response to this fast-moving virus are unprecedented, at least in modern times. Many […]


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