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County judge, sheriff pledge to punish illegal dumpers as citizens call for clean county


Spring cleaning in Letcher County is turning up truckloads of litter thrown out along the roadsides and in yards, and officials say those who won’t stop trashing the county will face jail time or fines. Residents have been complaining about the increase in garbage, and have been posting pictures on social media in attempt to draw the attention of local […]

Q&A: Bevin’s veto



In the days since Governor Bevin vetoed a retirement bill affecting our quasi-governmental agencies and regional public universities, I have had many people ask me a lot of questions. Here are my responses to some of the more popular ones. What is this issue about, exactly? On July 1, the start of the fiscal year, our six regional public universities […]

SKCTC inaugurates new president

Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKCTC) inaugurated President Vic Adams April 5 in the Godbey Appalachian Center on the Cumberland campus. While Dr. Adams is the 11th executive to lead the institution, he is only the third to bear the official title of “President.” Dr. Adams was joined on the stage by former president Dr. Bruce Ayers, SKCTC Board […]

AEP, Kentucky Farm Bureau helps local firefighters …

The Kentucky Farm Bureau Association (photo above) this week awarded Letcher County’s volunteer fire departments $1,000 each to use however they deem necessary. Pictured, local Farm Bureau president Howard Stanfill (left) handed out checks to representatives of the departments. Left to right are: Stanfill, Letcher Fire Chief Gary Rogers, Letcher County Judge/Executive Terry Adams, Cumberland River Fire Chief Farley Lewis, […]

Holy week services planned

Holy week services will take place through April 19 at the Whitesburg United Methodist Church. The services will be held from 12 to 12:30 p.m. and will be conducted by Tameatha Whitaker of Mountain Life Church in Jenkins on Wednesday, Rodney Allen, President, ARH Hospital Chaplains on Thursday, and Steve Peeks of I Corinthian Baptist Church at McRoberts on Friday. […]

LCCHS cheerleading tryouts set

The Letcher County Central High School cheerleading squad will host open gym for tryouts to the cheerleading team on April 23 and 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the old Whitesburg Voca- tional Building. Tryouts will be also be held from 2 to 5 p.m. at the same site and are open to incoming seventh to 12th grade students. […]

TVS Cable announces major Internet upgrade, buys Linefork system

TVS Cable is in the testing phases for true highspeed Internet in Letcher County, making it the first community in Kentucky to reach download speeds of 1 gigabyte per second with existing cable equipment. A gigabyte is 1,000 megabytes per second, about 10 times as fast as the fastest connection available through the company now, and more than 100 times […]

Sheriff Stines announces hiring of 2 new deputies

Letcher County will have deputies on the road in the evenings again within the next two weeks, Sheriff Mickey Stines said. Stines had borrowed $11,621 from the Letcher County Fiscal Court at the beginning of his term in order to make payroll and expenses until taxes came in. He said Tuesday that while he repaid that money Monday night, he’s […]

Whitesburg physician will run in Boston Marathon next Monday after qualifying for 26.2-mile event


There’s a long road ahead for Dr. Fares Khater — 26.2 miles, to be exact. Khater, an infectious disease specialist at Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation’s Whitesburg Clinic, has qualified for the Boston Marathon. Khater will be one of an estimated 30,000 people who qualified for the Boston run, the oldest and most famous marathon in the world. Runners can’t just […]

City to raise water rates; Levitt Amp acts named


The Whitesburg City Council voted unanimously to raise water rates by $7.90 per month for customers at its April meeting. The purchase of new Mueller “radio-read” water meters for the entire city customer base and the necessity of rehabilitating the city water system have made the increase necessary. The increase will help pay for the $193,558 cost of the meters, […]


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