— Magnolia trees are now in full bloom in many yards across Letcher County, a sure sign that June has arrived in its full glory as the calendar races toward summer. (Photo by L.M. “Mike” Caudill) You are unauthorized to view this page. Username Password Remember Me     Forgot Password

More offices and businesses open; number of cases still at four here

As more businesses and offices resume limited operations this week, Covid-19 cases do not seem to be increasing, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said Tuesday night. Beshear said Tuesday that the increase may be related to increased testing in nursing homes, but “We simply don’t have enough data to know.” The latest figures released yesterday afternoon show 155 new cases of […]

Police recover drugs, cash and stolen vehicles in raid and arrests at Pert Creek

Arraignment was expected to be held today (Wednesday) for a Mayking man arrested after a Jenkins man recognized his stolen side-by-side all-terrain vehicle sitting in a yard on Pert Creek. The man’s brother and two juveniles were also arrested. According to the sheriff’s department, the ATV was at the juveniles’ house. Brothers Sherrell and Eddie Sandlin live nearby, and had […]

Damian Johnson to lead Jenkins schools

The search for a new superintendent for Jenkins Independent Schools ended when the Jenkins Board of Education hired district technology director Damian Johnson to fill the position. The vacancy was created when the board declined to extend Superintendent Mike Genton’s contract at the conclusion of his fourth year at the April board meeting. Johnson, who has also been duties as […]

Video shows man killed in Kentucky fired a gun


Video released by police shows a popular barbecue stand operator firing a gun as officers approached his business in Louisville shortly before he was shot to death, the city’s acting police chief said Tuesday. The video showing David McAtee opening fire early Monday was obtained from security cameras at his business and another business, acting police Chief Robert Schroeder said. […]

Stolen dirt bike recovered at Pert Creek.

Brothers arrested after stolen ATV, motorcycle recovered

FREE Side-by-side had been stolen from Jenkins, sheriff says

Police from four agencies arrested two men and two juveniles this morning (Friday) after Jenkins man recognized his stolen side-by-side ATV sitting in a yard on Pert Creek.
Both of the adults arrested lived nearby, and had outstanding warrants related to fleeing from police. One was also charged with receiving stolen property.
Letcher County Sheriff Mickey Stines said the vehicle was stolen from Jenkins last week. On Friday, the owner drove up Pert Creek after hearing his side-by-side could be there, and recognized …

MCHC offers free COVID-19 testing; new cases listed

Letcher County has seen no more positive cases of Covid-19 in more than a week, and state numbers on Tuesday were down. Testing is increasing, and Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation has begun offering drive-though testing with no appointment and at no cost to the patient every day at its Whitesburg Clinic. Gov. Andy Beshear cautioned that the numbers from the […]

Beshear condemns rally where he was hanged in effigy


Vowing not to back down after armed protesters gathered near his home and hanged him in effigy, the governor of Kentucky on Tuesday condemned their use of “fear and terror” in a demonstration fueled by coronavirus restrictions. Gov. Andy Beshear referred to the protesters as a mob in sharply condemning the weekend rally that spread to the Governor’s Mansion, where […]

Water district still seeks Cumberland River lines

Letcher County is moving forward on a possible source of clean water for Cumberland River area residents. The Board of Directors of the Letcher County Water and Sewer District conducted its May meeting by the ZOOM Internet app last week, and learned that a revision has been filed for a new Appalachian Regional Commission grant application to move funds from […]

Reopening state a ‘balancing act,’ top offical says

Reopening Kentucky following a two-month quarantine for the coronavirus is a “balancing act between what we know and what we don’t know,” the state’s top public health doctor said Monday, citing the evacuation of a Louisville nursing home and the premature opening of a Lexington bar as examples. “A small number of a lot of people getting together where a […]

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