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Vandals abuse rural road, fiscal court is told


The road that splits Carroll Smith’s property at the head of Kingdom Come is in the creek, and Kingdom Come Creek is in the road. Smith, a former Letcher County Judge/Executive, told the fiscal court at its August meeting that the road washes out when it rains, runs through the creek nine times, and is almost impassable to anything but […]

County facing 18.3% hike in price it pays for water

The Letcher County Water and Sewer District will see an 18.3 percent increase in the rate it pays for most of its water, if the Kentucky Public Service Commission approves a proposed rate increase from the Knott County Water and Sewer District. Letcher County receives most of its treated water from Knott County, although it also purchases water from the […]

Firm is taking over Blackjewel mine near Eolia


Mark Energy LLC, one of the successful bidders in the Blackjewel Holdings bankruptcy liquidation, is filing a “notice of intent to mine” in Letcher County. The company, which lists Kenneth W. Spangler and Mark Milslagle as its organizers, was formed June 11, 2018, with offices in Lexington and Eolia. It has since changed its address to a Whitesburg post office […]

‘Reader’s Digest’ says Whitesburg is among top 25 mountain towns

Reader’s Digest has named Whitesburg as one of the “25 Most Stunning Mountain Towns in America.” The list also includes well-known travel destinations such as Aspen, Colorado, Park City, Utah, Sun Valley, Idaho, and Asheville, North Carolina. “ From Asheville to Whitesburg, these alpine escapes around the United States are utterly enchanting,” says the report in the magazine’s travel section. […]

Mayking residents want city sewer


A group of Mayking residents from the “old golf course” community visited the Whitesburg City Council meeting this week to request that the city consider extending city sewer lines to include their neighborhood and others in the vicinity. Retired attorney Peyton Reynolds acted as spokesman for the group that included about a dozen residents, and said that when the city […]

New motorcycle ride announced

The Kentucky Mist Distillery Loop motorcycle ride will be dedicated at the 3rd Annual Ride for Hope & Celebration Event, which will be held in downtown Whitesburg on Saturday, August 24. You are unauthorized to view this page.

Work on hotel begins

Contractors this week fenced off the area around the Daniel Boone Hotel and began preparing to remove asbestos from the building. The work marks the first visible movement in stabilizing the 100-year-old hotel since the City of Whitesburg received it as a donation from the Dawahare family in 2009. About a third of the roof and all three floors below […]

5th defendent found guilty in couple’s torture murder



The fifth defendant charged in the case of a couple who was kidnapped, tortured and killed in a 2007 carjacking in Tennessee has been found guilty in the murders. News outlets report the jury returned the verdict against Eric Boyd on Tuesday afternoon. The verdict included two counts of felony first-degree murder, which carries an automatic life sentence. The judge […]

Miners continue to picket; second coal firm will be sold at auction

With a promise to pay miners’ back wages from the winning bidder for mines owned by Blackjewel LLC, advocates are now beginning to look at ways to prevent such a situation from ever happening again. Meanwhile nearly 400 miners are still owed a month’s pay, and are continuing to picket and block the railroad tracks to prevent a trainload of […]

2019 -2020 Letcher County Public Schools Bus Routes and Boundaries

FLEMING-NEON ELEMENTARY (6-8) MARTHA JANE POTTER (K-5) … Beginning at the Knott Co. line at Shelby Fork, along Rt 7, pickups back to Jct. of Hwy 317 at Deane – [mouth of] Dicks Br., Appletree Br., Coon Hollow, – and across Rockhouse Mtn., continue on Hwy 317S, Quillen Fork, Hemphill to FNE and MJP {Bus #3704, Austin Johnson} … Pottertown, […]


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