Letcher County’s new fiscal court

NEW COURT – The Letcher County Fiscal Court sat for the first meeting of its first term Tuesday at a special called meeting to repeal actions taken by the previous court in December. Pictured are (left to right at table) District 3 Magistrate Maverick Cook, District 4 Magistrate William “Cheddy” Smith, Judge/Executive Terry Adams, District 1 Magistrate Jack Banks (talking […]

Isom woman hurt in wreck now faces charge of driving under the influence

An Isom woman was seriously injured after she crashed her car through a guardrail on KY 15 on January 4. Kentucky State Police charged the driver, Christie Sizemore, 38, of Isom, with driving under the influence. KSP received a 911 call at 2:39 p.m. on Friday that a car had flipped at Dry Fork, and that one person was trapped […]

City may hike water rates

The Whitesburg City Council will spend the next month deliberating on a rate increase for city utilities and return with a decision at its February meeting. The decision to take a month to accumulate more data for a decision came after the council heard a report from Andy Lange, Assistant Director of the Kentucky Rural Water Association (KRW), who delivered […]

Grand jury indicts man on 38 rape counts

A Letcher County grand jury has indicted a Gilley man on 38 counts of rape of a child and related charges, including unlawful imprisonment and bribing a witness. Michael D. Williams, 57, of 12468 East Ky. HWY 221, Big Laurel, just across the line from Harlan County, faces multiple charges of first-degree rape of a child by forcible compulsion, first-degree […]

‘Streaming’ is now getting more complicated

Streaming TV may never again be as simple, or as affordable, as it is now. Disney and WarnerMedia are each launching their own streaming services in 2019 in a challenge to Netflix’s dominance. Netflix viewers will no longer be able to watch hit movies such as “Black Panther” or “Moana,” which will soon reside on Disney’s subscription service. WarnerMedia, a […]

Home items get smarter — and creepier


One day, finding an oven that just cooks food may be as tough as buying a TV that merely lets you change channels. Internet-connected “smarts” are creeping into cars, refrigerators, thermostats, toys and just about everything else in your home. CES 2019, the gadget show that opened Tuesday in Las Vegas, is showcasing many of these products, including an oven […]

Hatton says pension plan ‘lose-lose proposition’

In most years, the latter half of December is when the Capitol is at its quietest. The joint House and Senate meetings are over, and legislators are back home, enjoying the holidays while preparing for the General Assembly’s return in early January. That routine was broken this month, however, when rumors began circulating on Monday that Governor Bevin was planning […]

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