Three are sentenced after entering guilty pleas

Three Letcher County residents entered guilty pleas in Letcher Circuit Court last week. • Randy Walling, 36, of 17 Garden Drive, Whitesburg, pleaded guilty to charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs (third offense within 10 years, amended to second offense within 10 years); failure to wear seat belt; failure of owner/operator to maintain required insurance/ […]

Mayor Craft is fighting battle with cancer, but confident he’ll recover

Whitesburg Mayor James Wiley Craft told the city council on Tuesday that he is receiving radiation and other treatments for bladder cancer in Lexington. Craft told the council he is about halfway through his course of treatment, and his doctors are hopeful that he will make a complete recovery. Craft said his doctors have told him that bladder cancer is […]

Beshear calls out signers of impeachment petition


Kentucky’s governor on Tuesday linked signers of a petition seeking his ouster to a rally where he was hanged in effigy and to a video declaring God would strike him down for his COVID-19 restrictions on churches. Ratcheting up his response, Gov. Andy Beshear called out two petition signers a day after the GOP-led House formed a committee to review […]

Jenkins council discussesfinances, infrastructure

A project to replace water lines damaged by mining in the 1990s at Marshalls Branch is now complete and cleanup is underway. The work was funded by a bond forfeited by the coal company, and allowed for Jenkins to move forward with extending new lines to the area. The project was named the Left Beaver Mineral Project, for the Left […]

Sheriff says arrest of Jenkins woman on meth charges is part of a larger investigation

The Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department and Jenkins City Police have charged a Jenkins woman with trafficking in methamphetamine and other charges after serving a search warrant on her home at Improvement Branch. Sheriff Mickey Stines said officers seized more than four grams of methamphetamine and over $5,000 in cash in the New Year’s Eve raid. McKenzie McIntyre, 22, was […]

Smallfire creates big scare at liquor store

One of Whitesburg’s two liquor and wine stores caught fire on New Year’s Eve after an errant cigarette butt was apparently dropped outside the door by a customer, Whitesburg Fire Chief Perry Fowler said. Big Daddy’s Liquor Barn on US 119 North had to be cleared of people and much of its product after strong winds pushed the fire from […]

State’s GOP lawmakers file several bills to limit Beshear’s COVID rules

Bills would limit Beshear’s power

Republicans in the Kentucky General Assembly have pre-filed a flurry of bills aimed at stopping actions by the Democratic Governor Andy Beshear to slow the spread of COVID-19, and to prevent any agency or business from requiring anyone to take the vaccine for the deadly virus. As of Tuesday, Kentucky has had 283,000 cases of COVID-19 and 3,076 deaths. More […]


—The heavy snow which fell Christmas Eve was still clinging to trees across Letcher County two days later, making the job of restoring electricity lost to a number of homes that much harder. (Photo byThomas Biggs)

McConnell, Republicans block President Trump’s $2,000 stimulus demand


President Donald Trump’s push for bigger $2,000 COVID-19 relief checks stalled out Tuesday in the Senate as Republicans blocked a swift vote proposed by Democrats and split within their own ranks over whether to boost spending or defy the White House. The roadblock mounted by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell may not be sustainable as pressure mounts. Trump wants the […]

COVID-19 victim allegedly murdered Letcher native, girl

The man accused of murdering Letcher County native Robert “Bobby” Jones and his girlfriend, Crystal Warner, in 2016 has died. Craig Pennington, 56, had been at the Marion County Detention Center awaiting trial when he became ill. Chief Irvin Mann confirmed that Pennington died at Norton Hospital in Louisville about 3:30 p.m. on Monday, December 28, of COVID-19. Jones and […]

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