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Help for W.Ky.

Kindness was evident in Jenkins over the past week, as collection efforts at Jenkins Independent Schools and at Jenkins City Hall netted two school bus loads of donated items for victims of the deadly western Kentucky tornadoes on Dec. 10 and 11. The school district collected more than 500 cases of bottled water through the “Stuff The Bus” campaign and […]

County to seek lower garbage hauling rates


The Letcher County Fiscal Court will seek a lower price for trucking solid waste out of the county. At its December meeting held Monday evening, the court voted unanimously to seek new bids for the transportation of Letcher County’s solid waste out of the county. The action came after Letcher Judge-Executive Terry Adams questioned whether the county should seek a […]

Coal miners hope Manchin will reconsider

The demise of the Build Back Better bill at the hands of U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, takes away programs that would help coalfields communities and coal miners, representatives of the United Mine Workers of America and the National Black Lung Association say. Manchin made his announcement that he would not vote for the bill on Fox News on […]

State, federal health officials urging COVID testing today

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the Kentucky Department of Public Health are urging everyone to be tested for COVID-19 in time to have the results before holiday gatherings. Omicron, the latest variant of COVID-19, now accounts for 75 percent of all COVID cases in the country just two weeks after the first case was discovered, replacing delta variant […]

Vandals strike Fishpond Lake

Kentucky State Police and county officials are looking for the person who vandalized a restroom at Fishpond Lake, one of the county’s main outdoor tourism destinations. County Judge/Executive Terry Adams said someone went to the area known as “The Boy Scout Camp” one night last week, broke into the restroom there and did the damage. “For no apparent reason, they […]

Task force releases report

A Kentucky task force on search warrants established in the wake of the fatal Breonna Taylor police shooting is recommending additional training for officers, an electronic database and tracking zip codes where search warrants are executed. Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron promised the creation of the task force last year, after his office completed a review of Taylor’s March 13, […]

Gov. Beshear’s ties run deep across storm-hit area

DAWSON SPRINGS, Ky.


In the desperate hours after the massive storm struck, Andy Beshear took time out from his duties as governor of the hardest-hit state early Saturday to do what a lot of his fellow Kentuckians were doing. Again and again, he made calls to track down his cousin Jenny in Dawson Springs. “There’s a good ending to the story,” Beshear, the […]

To be closed

By order of Letcher County Judge/Executive Terry Adams, the County Judge’s Office, Sanitation Billing Office and the Road Department will be closed on Thursday, December 23, and Friday, December 24 in observance of Christmas. The Transfer Station and Sanitation Department will be running on Friday, December 13.

Worker: Discipline risked if job was left amid storm

MAYFIELD, Ky.
Woman says she faced threats


An employee of the Kentucky candle factory where eight workers were killed by a tornado said Tuesday that a supervisor threatened her with written disciplinary action if she went home early because storms were approaching. Haley Conder, who worked at the Mayfield Consumer Products factory on and off for 10 years, also questioned why the company did not encourage workers […]

Nine sentenced after guilty pleas

Nine people have entered guilty pleas to charges against them in Letcher Circuit Court. They are: • Brian Wyatt, 31, of 26109 Guard Shore, Bloxom, Va., who pleaded guilty to charges of first-degree possession of a controlled substance (first offense, methamphetamine), use/ possession of drug paraphernalia, third-degree possession of a controlled substance and public intoxication (excludes alcohol). In three other […]


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