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Wreck fatal; cause unknown

A Premium man was one of two people killed last week in a two-car crash in Pike County. Ronald Dunn, 54, was pronounced dead at the scene on December 6. Joseph Valentino, 27, of Pikeville died later at the Pikeville Medical Center where he had been airlifted from the scene of the crash. Kentucky State Police in Pikeville said the […]

Hall case goes to grand jury

A teacher charged with having sexual contact with a 14-year-old student waived a preliminary hearing and has been denied a bond reduction. Charles Evans Hall is being held in lieu of a $250,000 cash bond. Commonwealth’s Attorney Edison Banks opposed the bond reduction, saying Hall should be considered a flight risk and a danger to himself and others. Had a […]

Drug cases again occupy grand jury

Three Letcher County residents are name in felony indictments charging them with drug-related crimes. The three are among eight persons named in true bills the Letcher County Grand Jury handed up last week to Circuit Judge James W. Craft II. Billy J. Sturgill, 26, of 373 Combs Br., Ermine, is charged with complicity to cultivation of marijuana (five or more […]

Fleming-Neon water plant to be dedicated in January; will be running on 2 pumps


The Fleming-Neon water plant will soon be operating with two main pumps for the first time in several years. By operating with two pumps, operators of the refurbished newly refurbished plant at McRoberts will be able to keep up maintenance on both pumps without having to shut the plant down. It will also reduce the strain on each unit. Ken […]

US coal consumption falls to lowest level since 1979 By ELLEN KNICKMEYER and MATTHEW DALY The Associated Press

WASHINGTON Americans are consuming less coal in 2018 than at any time since Jimmy Carter’s presidency, a federal report said Tuesday, as cheap natural gas and other rival sources of energy frustrate the Trump administration’s pledges to revive the U.S. coal industry. A report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration projected Tuesday that 2018 would see the lowest U.S. coal […]

Dealing with addiction during holiday season



The holidays can be a stressful time as we rush from place to place, buying gifts, attending parties and preparing food. But for families dealing with addiction, the holidays can present a unique set of challenges. You have probably heard that addiction doesn’t discriminate. In fact, at least 25 percent of the population has a close relative who has a […]

Group building community/rec center in Jenkins


A faith-based organization based in Florida that runs a dental operation in Jenkins is building a community and recreation center on the same site. SmileFaith Inc., a nonprofit originally created to provide dental services to military veterans, runs dental clinics two times a month in a former call center next door to the Jenkins Public Library, but organizers say SmileFaith […]

Kentucky Power is offering line mechanic scholarships at Ashland, Hazard colleges

Kentucky Power Company has established two scholarships in an effort to encourage more women and minorities to become line mechanics. The new Kentucky Power Lineman Scholarship is open to students enrolling at Ashland Community and Technical College and Hazard Community and Technical College. Scholarship winners receive $1,500 to help fund their training. The first scholarships will be awarded in the […]

Letcher residents are not among the 10,000 people would would lose their food stamps in Kentucky

Food stamp recipients in Letcher and seven other eastern Kentucky counties are not among the more than 10,000 low-income Kentucky adults who were removed from a federal program that helps them buy food after they failed to comply with newly reinstated rules requiring them to either get a job or do volunteer work to keep their benefits. The rules for […]

Ballad Health Answering Questions

Ballad Health has announced important changes that will improve care for the most serious of injuries and the most fragile of newborns in our region. These changes in how we deliver care to patients affected by major traumatic injury and high-risk newborns will occur over the next year. What exactly is happening? TRAUMA AND EMERGENCY SERVICES Our region has three […]


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