PRIDE Spring Cleanup set

Letcher County will join in southern and eastern Kentucky’s 11th annual PRIDE Spring Cleanup from April 5 through April 19. During the two-week Spring Cleanup, local governments organize events for volunteers to pick up litter. PRIDE provides cleanup supplies, as well as free T-shirts for the volunteers, while supplies last. Letcher County Judge/Executive Jim Ward recently signed a proclamation that […]

Help offered to veterans

A field representative of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs will be at the Letcher County Courthouse from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 14 to assist veterans and their dependents filing for federal and state veterans benefits. There is no charge for this service. For more information, call (877) 856-0004.

Start your international trip at your local post office

Heading off on an international trip? Good for you! Just remember to start preparing for your trip early, and make your local post office your first portof call to get everything you need to obtain or renew your U.S. passport. Here’s how you can start your international trip on the right foot. • Get an application This part is easy. […]


The Letcher County Board of Directors of the United Way of Southeastern Kentucky distributed checks totaling $8,127 to human service agencies of Letcher County. The agencies funded are Letcher County Food Pantry, Letcher County CARES, Letcher County Schools Education Foundation, Mountain Montessori School, and Mountain Community Hospice. The United Way distributed $80,546 in donations that had been raised in this […]

Letcher had slightly lower jobless rate in 2007 than year before

Letcher County is one of 93 Kentucky counties that posted lower annual unemployment rates in 2007 than in 2006. According to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training in the Kentucky Education Cabinet, Letcher County’s annual jobless rate for 2007 was 7.0 percent, down from 7.1 percent in 2006. The statistics show that an average of 8,160 Letcher County residents […]

State budget agreement leaves many coalfield legislators upset

Blocks use of coal severance tax funds for water and sewer

A two-year state budget agreement between the House and Senate may prevent Letcher County and other coal-producing counties from using coal severance tax money to pay for water and sewer projects. Some legislators said they disagreed with the idea of not appropriating any money from Kentucky’s coal severance tax or revenue generated from the state’s national tobacco settlement for water, […]

Volunteers help county workers get new fields ready for soccer

County workers and volunteers have worked many hours over the past few months trying to get three soccer fields ready for youth soccer teams to play on this spring. The Letcher County Youth Soccer Association has used the fields located on the industrial site in Whitesburg near Pine Mountain Lumber for the past few years. The soccer league could no […]