Hazard school officials were reprimanded

A Kentucky high school principal and two other employees received written reprimands for a homecoming event that included male students giving lap dances to staff and girls dressing like Hooters waitresses. The Lexington Herald Leader reports it received a copy of the reprimands signed by Hazard Independent Superintendent Sondra Combs though Kentucky’s Open Records Act. Hazard High School Principal Donald […]

Beshear wants big salary boost for state troopers


Frontline personnel at Kentucky State Police would receive big pay raises, and troopers would be equipped with body cameras, under a budget proposal unveiled Tuesday by Gov. Andy Beshear. The proposed salary increases are aimed at halting the steady loss of troopers and dispatchers leaving for higher pay at other law enforcement agencies. Troopers and telecommunicators frequently cited pay as […]

All of Letcher County’s road deputies are now certified peace officers

It’s taken three years, but all of the road deputies in the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Office are now certified peace officers, Sheriff Mickey Stines announced Tuesday. Alexis Stambaugh has completed her training at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training Academy in Richmond and has returned to regular duty at the sheriff’s department. “I have been blessed to send […]

4 on trial for coal dust fraud


A group of four former coal company officials conspired to cheat federal safety regulations to boost their Kentucky company’s profits instead of protecting their workers, federal prosecutors alleged at the start of a criminal fraud trial this week. The four men are accused of ordering workers to skirt dust sampling regulations in two of Armstrong Coal’s underground mines. The regulations […]

County still in COVID ‘red’

Letcher County’s COVID 19 incident rate is continuing to hang in the red zone, along with a cluster of other nearby counties. The incident rate as of Tuesday in Letcher County was 26.5, down from 33.8 last week, but the number of deaths attributed to COVID are up four to 70 as of Tuesday. The Letcher County incident rate is […]


Two dead in Payne Gap house fire


Police and fire officials are on the scene of a house fire at Payne Gap that has left two people dead. Jenkins Police Chief Jim Stephens said the 911 center at Hazard received the initial call at 5:03 a.m. today, and firefighters arrived at 5:16. Police say Patsy Bevins, 71, and her son, 42-year-old George Eddie Bevins Jr., have been […]

N.C. family accepts the Gish Award; NBC host touts need for local news

Some of the nation’s best rural journalists received awards last week as Chuck Todd of NBC News told them that their work “has never been more important.” The University of Kentucky’s Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues presented the Tom and Pat Gish Award to the late Tim Crews, editor-publisher of the twice-weekly Sacramento Valley Mirror in Willows, Calif.; […]

Shoebox Ministry planned

Whitesburg First Baptist Church will once again serve as the southeast Kentucky’s collection site for Operation Christmas Child The Shoebox Ministry. Hours for the drop-off of gift-filled shoeboxes will be Monday, Nov. 15, through Friday, Nov. 19, from 5 to 8 p.m. each evening. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 20 and 21, hours of collection will be from 12 until 6 […]

Amythyst Kiah to play in concert at UVA Wise

Amythyst Kiah, a powerful contemporary voice with Appalachian roots, will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 6, in the Lakeview Room of the Convocation Center at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise. The Tennessee-bred singer/ songwriter is sponsored by the Pro-Art Association in partnership with UVA Wise and the Appalachian African-American Cultural Center for the W. Campbell Edmonds […]

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