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Jenkins council hears profit tax plan, listens to 3 who would like to reopen restaurant


Mayor Todd Depriest asked the Jenkins City Council to consider passing a net profits tax for businesses in Jenkins. The council took no action on the request at its meeting Monday night, and Depriest said he wasn’t not asking for any immediately. But he would like for them to think about it in order to raise the level of city […]

For those who wonder, wooly worm forecast still weeks away


Several people have been inquiring over the last 10 days as to when the wooly worm weather forecast will be coming. Points East The National Association of Wooly Worm Winter Weather Watchers (NAWWWWW) does not normally make its annual prognostication until it has weathered at least a couple or three killing frosts. We have made the prediction prematurely a few […]

Latest Letcher grand jury indictments name 13

The Letcher County Grand Jury has named 13 Letcher County residents in indictments. They are: • Brett Alan Wright, 34, of Hwy 1410, Whitesburg, who is charged with first-degree fleeing/evading police on foot, use/possession of drug paraphernalia, first-degree trafficking in controlled substance (methamphetamine, two or more grams), and being a first-degree persistent felony offender. Letcher County Sheriff ’s Deputy James […]

Federal probe of Blackjewel began before bankruptcy case

The federal government has been conducting a fraud investigation into coal company Blackjewel LLC since before the company’s July bankruptcy. The Casper Star-Tribune reports that court documents filed October 5 claim that Blackjewel owes the federal government about $50 million. After failing to obtain funding from a key creditor, the insolvent company shut down its mining operations in Kentucky and […]

Sestina is transfer from Bucknell U.

a lot of weight, and I feel good,” he said. “It’s not like I feel light or I feel weak. I feel the best I’ve ever felt, and I played college basketball for four years, and I haven’t felt this good, so I’m feeling pretty confident.” Sestina has noticed a difference since recovering from the injury and eating better, especially […]

Feds probing Blackjewel

the investigation to continue. A federal judge has approved the sale of the Wyoming facilities to Eagle Specialty Materials without Blackjewel’s debt obligations. Coal company Contura Energy, the current permit holder for the Wyoming mines, agreed to pay $90 million as startup capital to take over the mines and assume cleanup obligations. In turn, Eagle Specialty Materials will pay Blackjewel […]

‘Hero Wall’ unveiled as tribute to organ donors and recipients; is located in county courthouse

Portraits of organ donors on a new “Hero Wall” at the Letcher Circuit Clerk’s Driver’s License Office face a second wall covered in pictures of organ transplant recipients. Clerk Mike Watts unveiled the first of the pictures on Monday, telling about 50 people gathered in the upstairs hallway of the courthouse that he had promised to recognize organ donors during […]

Contura Energy will pay about $50 million for former Teco Coal assets in Letcher, Pike


A company owned by Contura Energy, which merged with Alpha Natural Resources in 2018, will pay about $50 million for coal assets in Pike and Letcher County now owned by the bankrupt Cambrian Holdings LLC. Pristine Clean Energy LLC, a West Virginia company with the same address as Cambrian Coal in Sutton, W.Va., was the only bidder for the Premier […]

Ban on outdoor burning now in effect all across Kentucky


This week is the beginning of the annual Fall Wildfire Hazard Season, bringing burning restrictions to communities not already under a local burn ban. Most of Kentucky’s 120 counties are already under local burn bans because of the lack of significant rainfall for the past month. The state’s 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Burning Law (KRS149.400) prohibits burning before 6 […]

Wanted: A strong repellant that would keep rabbits, raccoons and coyotes away


I saw a news release last week that mentioned The U.S. Department of Agriculture was getting ready to drop edible rabies vaccinations into Letcher and Harlan counties to prevent raccoons and other wildlife from getting this horrible disease and causing it to spread. Points East Apparently aircraft will fly over wooded areas and drop the stuff and they have navigation […]


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