Kentucky legislature pushes $150 million parks plan through

FRANKFORT Kentucky House Republicans want to borrow $150 million to fix-up the state’s park system. The House Appropriations and Revenue Committee approved House Bill 268 on Tuesday. It would authorize the Cabinet for Tourism, Arts and Heritage to spend $20 million in borrowed money over the next year to replace roofs and expand campgrounds at state parks, according to committee […]

Man convicted in Hogg murder seeks probation

One of two men convicted in the stabbing death of Michael Hogg in downtown Whitesburg on New Year’s morning 2014 has filed a motion seeking shock probation. Patrick Smith, 32, of Pikeville, pleaded guilty in June 2018 to facilitation to commit murder, three counts of criminal facilitation to attempt to commit murder, criminal complicity to criminal mischief in the first […]

Grand jury places nine on latest indictment list

An Isom man is charged with trafficking in methamphetamine and committing burglary in an indictment by the Letcher Grand Jury. Joshua Edward Anderson, 35, of 16 Snowflake Dr., is accused of buy/possess drug paraphernalia, possession of under 8 ounces of marijuana, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (2 grams or more of methamphetamine, first offense), second-degree burglary, and second-degree being […]

9 accused of being deadbeat parents

Nine people have been named in indictments by the Letcher Grand Jury charging them with flagrant non-support of their minor children. They are: • Paula M. Cornett, 32, of 386 College Road, Apt. B, Cumberland, who is also charged with being a second-degree persistent felony offender. • Corey D. Fraley, 42, of 3267 Ky. Hwy. 317, Neon, who is also […]

Illness shuts Jenkins schools

A high absentee rate due to widespread illness has forced the cancellation of classes in Jenkins for the rest of the week. The Jenkins Independent School District informed parents late Tuesday afternoon that classes at the district’s two campuses would be cancelled for the rest of the week due to illness. Jenkins Superintendent Mike Genton said attendance levels were consistent […]

Men wearing blackface is part of county’s history

With all the controversy taking place in neighboring Virginia over current Gov. Ralph Northam wearing blackface in a photograph in his 1984 medical school yearbook, it is hard to believe for many people today that watching educated white men sing and perform skits with their faces painted black was once an accepted form of entertainment in nearly every community in […]

Big raffle to feature UK basketball tickets

The Neon Lions Club met this week on February 5. It was a warm day, as the temperature jumped all the way up to 71 degrees. Lots of activity, ballgames at local schools, the upcoming University of Kentucky ballgame coming shortly tonight and the warm weather, made for a small crowd tonight. However, we did have a decent number of […]

Bill would provide firefighters with Hepatitis A vaccine

Senator Johnny Ray Turner, D-Prestonsburg, has filed legislation to protect Kentucky firefighters by expanding its Hepatitis B continued inoculation voucher program to include Hepatitis A vaccinations. “With the outbreak and recurring spread of Hepatitis A in the commonwealth, firefighters from Harlan County approached me with concerns that some older firefighters have not had the Hepatitis A vaccine,” said Senator Turner. […]

Hearings set for 4

Prelminary hearings are set for February 14 for three of four suspects arrested in two separate meth cases last week. The fourth suspect will next appear in court February 21. Officers with the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Office confiscated 29 grams of crystal methamphetamine from four suspects deputies arrested during a two-day period last week. Three people were arrested and […]

Bevin supports medical pot

STANFORD, Ky. Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin spoke about his support for legalizing medical marijuana in highly personal terms on Tuesday, telling a community forum that his teenage nephew died after fighting “a very hard battle with cancer.” Asked about his stance on marijuana during the two-hour community event, the Republican governor said he would be “happy” to sign a bill […]

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