State orders theaters, gyms, salons closed amid outbreak


Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday ordered the closure of theaters, gyms, hair salons and many other businesses where people gather, taking new action in a bid to contain the new coronavirus. Beshear’s order, which takes effect by 5 p.m. Wednesday, exempts a cross-section of businesses that will be allowed to stay open. The exempted list includes grocery stores, banks, […]

Virus dominates Frankfort activity

Although there are dozens of issues still unresolved during this year’s legislative session, the outcome of most if not all depends on a single word we have all learned over the past two weeks — coronavirus. The actions much of the country has taken this month in response to this fast-moving virus are unprecedented, at least in modern times. Many […]

Food City is set to hire 2,500 new employees

Food City announced this week that it plans to hire 2,500 additional associates to “assist many of our friends, neighbors and area students who are currently seeking employment.” The company said all of its store locations, including the Whitesburg location, currently have both full-time and part-time opportunities available in key customer service and food service positions throughout our entire our […]

Jury indicts 14, two on attempted murder counts

A man and a woman have been named by the Letcher Grand Jury in indictments charging them with criminal complicity to attempted murder. Dennis Roger Niles, 38, address unknown, and Patrenia Tackett, 45, of 271 Bee Tree Fork, Whitesburg, are accused in separate indictments with repeatedly beating Shannon Bentley and leaving her seriously injured, semi-conscious and in need of medical […]

5 face ‘organized crime’ charges after assaulting fellow county jail inmate

Five Letcher County Jail inmates have been named in indictments by the Letcher Grand Jury charging them with engaging in organized crime. The five — Derek Monroe Smith, Dalton Sturgill, Eddie Ryan Profitt Jr., Roger Lee Miles Sr., and Roger Alan Miles Jr. — are accused of criminal complicity to intimidate a participant in the legal process, Benjamin Franklin Caudill, […]

Hotel project advances

City moves a step closer to qualifying for needed grant of $5.2 million

The next step for the City of Whitesburg to qualify for a $5.2 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Authority is now complete. If awarded, the grant would mostly finish the restoration work on the Daniel Boone Hotel. At the beginning of last week’s city council meeting, Mayor James Wiley Craft called a recess just after the meeting was […]

Letcher Central freshman pre-registration March 17

Letcher County Central High School will host its annual freshman preregistration on Tuesday, March 17, beginning at 5:30 p.m. This registration is for all current eighth-grade students who will be entering ninth grade in the 2020-2021 school years as well as their parents or guardians. For more information, call (606) 633-2339.

Applications available for Rotary Club Scholarship

The Rotary Club of Whitesburg is accepting applications for a Rotary scholarship from Monday, March 16, through Friday, April 17. The scholarship in the amount of $1,000 is available to a college bound high school senior or current college student who resides in Letcher County and is working on his or her first degree. More than one scholarship may be […]

An apology from the Government Printing Office

After I put in for my retirement, and with our workload during the peace talk in Paris, France trying to get out of Vietnam, I would have to work up to my last day at the Pentagon. I was working the swing shift with the master sergeant who would replace me. After hours at the Pentagon, no civilian repairman would […]

Man sentenced to 8-year term for having meth while in jail here

A Letcher Circuit Court jury on Monday sentenced an inmate in the Letcher County Jail to eight more years in prison for possessing methamphetamines while incarcerated. The jury found Clint Collins, 42, of Cinnamon Drive, Whitesburg, guilty to first-degree possession of methamphetamine and first-degree promoting contraband, both felonies. The jury sentenced him to the maximum on both charges, with the […]

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