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Man faces robbery charge

Let the buyer beware took on a new meaning in a criminal warrant filed in Letcher County last week. Tonya Adams, of Mayking, filed a warrant against Robert Paul Maggard, 50, of 551 Around the Mountain Road, saying she was robbed after she went to his house to discuss how to pick up an all-terrain vehicle he had agreed to […]

Federal court guilty pleas tell how large quantities of meth found way into Letcher County


Two Letcher County residents have pleaded guilty to federal drug conspiracy charges after their arrests here in 2018. Samantha Collins, 38, of Bottom Fork, and Michael Slone, 42, of Sandlick, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Pikeville to engaging in a conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of a substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine. Collins also […]

Ky. Senate OK’s immigration bill after long debate over what it does

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A bill to ban sanctuary policies by most public agencies in Kentucky won Senate approval this week after a lengthy debate that presented starkly different portrayals of the contentious measure. The Republican-dominated Senate passed the bill 28-10 on Tuesday, sending it to the GOP-led House. Sen. Danny Carroll, the bill’s lead sponsor, called it a public safety measure promoting cooperation […]

Woman found lying in creek at Premium; Sheriff says case not related to Cowan beating

Police are still trying to determine what happened to a woman found hypothermic and unresponsive in a creek at Premium on Monday morning. Letcher County Sheriff Mickey Stines said his department is not releasing any information about the victim pending investigation. A passerby called the sheriff ’s department directly about 10 a.m. Monday to report that a woman was lying […]

Collier’s Creek getting bridge

Preparation is under way for a new $1,008,059 bridge over the Poor Fork of the Cumberland River at Collier’s Creek Road (KY 3404) in Letcher County. The old bridge will remain open while the new one is under construction. “This is a busy area,” said Heath Holbrook, Highway Technician Assistant with District 12’s Whitesburg Section Office. “… The contractor will […]

Neon man is facing 1,000 counts in child-porn case

A Neon man charged with 1,000 counts related to child pornography will face preliminary hearing today in Letcher District Court. Nathan Jarrod Stidham, 39, of 3166 Hwy 805, was arrested Jan. 14 after garbage collectors picked up his garbage and a bag ripped, allegedly spilling about 100 printed pornographic images of girls police estimated to be between 8 and 12 […]

County schools halt all activities as flu cases grow


The Letcher County Public Schools have been closed and all sporting events canceled for the remainder of the week as the number of flu cases continues to grow. With the high incidence of flu, other illnesses are also creeping in and Superintendent Denise Yonts said officials opted to close the schools to get students away from each other in an […]

Nine are sentenced after pleading guilty to charges

Several more people have pleaded guilty and have been sentenced in Letcher Circuit Court. Those recently sentenced are: • Sandy Sexton Reed, 30, of 64 Straight Row, Jenkins, pleaded guilty to third-degree unlawful transaction with a minor, amended down from first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor. She was sentenced to 365 days in jail, probated for 365 days. • Curtis […]

Sentencing is set in 2018 meth case

A man arrested nearly two years on methamphetamine charges has been removed from the Letcher County Drug Court program and returned to jail. Brian Paul Broome, 41, of Jenkins, was among four people arrested on methamphetamine charges on March 1, 2018, in Jenkins during a traffic stop. The four were believed to be connected with a large methamphetamine bust at […]

Eagle subscriber’s donation pleases Letcher Fire & Rescue


The financially strapped Letcher Volunteer Fire and Rescue got a small, but morale-boosting surprise last week in the form of an unsolicited $40 donation. While $40 might not seem like that much, it came from outside the state and meant the world to the ambulance service personnel and firefighters. “That gives us the feeling that the community is still behind […]


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