Students post huge gains on testing, board is told

Board rehires Hall as its attorney, OK’s out-of-town trips

Letcher County Central High School has seen “huge” gains in the percentage of students reaching benchmark scores on a test that predicts success on the ACT test, which is widely used as a qualifier for college enrollment. Ronnie Goins, director of instruction for Letcher County Public Schools, told the board of education at its regular meeting Monday that the percentage […]

Authorities still don’t know what animal killed boy, 13

Funeral held for Knott boy

Investigators still don’t know for sure what kind of animal or animals attacked and killed a Knott County boy last week. While police have not released the victim’s name, he is identified as 13-year-old Corey Godsey in a GoFundMe page for his funeral. Detectives with Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard and the Kentucky State Medical Examiner are investigating […]

County raising garbage rates by only 75 cents

The Letcher County Fiscal Court is halfway to increasing sanitation fees, after action was taken at a special meeting held on February 19. The increase in rates will cover a hike in fees from WATCO, the London company that transports Letcher County’s solid waste to the landfill, which it (WATCO) owns and operates. At the regular fiscal court meeting held […]

Bill would undo remake of Beshear’s school board


Republicans upset about the new Kentucky governor’s overhaul of the state school board responded Tuesday with a bill that would block similar reorganizations from occurring again. Senate President Robert Stivers introduced the bill and predicted quick action on it in the GOP-dominated Senate. It would prevent future governors from such a sweeping reorganization of the board’s membership. It would ensure […]

Democrats, Republicans split Ky. races

Republicans claimed a rural Kentucky House seat long held by Democratic stalwart Rocky Adkins as the political parties split a pair of special legislative elections on Tuesday. In a suburban northern Kentucky district, the Democratic candidate emerged victorious to retain the House seat for Democrats. The two special elections filled vacancies created when Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear hired two veteran […]

A Nazi drug’s resurgence:

How meth is making a disturbing reappearance across the United States

Although I am teaching a course at Indiana University this semester on the opioid epidemic, I can’t get meth out of my mind. A colleague of mine was recently carjacked. He was forced to drive at extreme speed throughout the city and escaped with his life only by intentionally crashing his car. My colleague told me he believes his gun-wielding […]

Feds now focusing on ‘meth hubs’


Federal authorities are targeting methamphetamine “transportation hubs” around the country in an effort to block the distribution of the highly addictive drug, officials say. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon visited Atlanta late last week to announce the launch of Operation Crystal Shield. Atlanta is one of eight cities the agency has identified as a hub where methamphetamine […]

Grand jury indicts four

A Letcher County Grand Jury returned indictments against four people in Letcher Circuit Court. Those indicted and the charges against them are: • Jason Dwayne Griffie, also known as Jason DeWayne Griffie, 38, of 796 Low Gap Branch, Isom, is charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (drug unspecified), first-degree possession of a controlled substance (drug unspecified), use/possession of […]

Six sentenced after pleas

A former Virginia schoolteacher is among seven people who have pleaded guilty and received sentences in Letcher Circuit Court. Andora Lee Smith, 56, of 1006 HWY 3406, Jenkins, pleaded guilty to first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), use/possession of drug paraphernalia and third-degree possession of a controlled substance (drug unspecified). She was sentenced to one year in prison, to […]

Roof work will complete Phase 1 of hotel project

Whitesburg enters contest to have town revitalized

Roofing is being laid on the Daniel Boone Hotel, the last work to be done to complete Phase 1 of the restoration of the century-old building. At last week’s Whitesburg City Council meeting, Mayor James Wiley Craft said the contractors are confident they can finish the roof by February 28, the project deadline. When roof is complete, the next step […]

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