9 have filed to run for county offices

Nine candidates have officially filed to run for county offices in the 2010 May Primary Election. Incumbents Magistrate District 3 Codell Gibson, Letcher County Judge/Executive Jim Ward, Letcher Court Clerk Winston Meade, Letcher County Sheriff Danny Webb and Letcher County Jailer Don McCall have all returned their paperwork to the Letcher County Clerk’s Office. Wallace “Spanky” Bolling Jr., who was […]

Citizens pitching in to help pay expenses of boy fighting cancer

While a 15-year-old Jeremiah teenager is battling a rare form of cancer at a Cincinnati hospital, residents in Letcher County are busy raising money to help pay his medical bills. Travis Morton, a sophomore at Letcher County Central High School, was recently diagnosed with stage four brain and spinal cancer. His family is astonished at how much support Letcher County […]

Judge rejects motion from 1 of 2 Acker killers who are on Death Row

A motion by convicted murderer Benny Lee Hodge to have his death sentence vacated because of ineffective assistance of counsel has been denied by Special Letcher Circuit Judge Eddy Coleman. Hodge, 58, of Lake City, Tenn., and Roger Dale Epperson, 59, of Jeff in Perry County, were sentenced to death in June 1986 for the murder of Tammy Dee Acker […]

Letcher grand jury returns 20 indictments

The Letcher County Grand Jury has named 13 people in 20 indictments, including a Dry Fork man charged in five separate indictments. Curtis Stony Cornet Jr., 41, 37 Butterfly Drive at Dry Fork is charged with five counts of possession of a forged instrument, five counts of theft by deception, and five counts of being a persistent felony offender in […]

Fayette grand jury indicts ex-lawmaker in shooting

LEXINGTON Former Kentucky lawmaker Steve Nunn was indicted on a capital murder charge this week, nearly two months after his arrest in the shooting death of his ex-fiancee. Fayette Circuit Judge Kim Bunnell read the charges handed down by a Fayette County grand jury on Tuesday, which included one count of murder and one count of violating an emergency protective […]

Fleming-Neon council urged to help with coming census

The Fleming-Neon City Council received a visitor from the U.S. Census Bureau at its November meeting. Andra Sluss, partnership specialist of Partnership and Data Services from the Charlotte (N.C.) Census Bureau, paid the council a visit and asked for its help in making sure all citizens are properly represented and accounted for. Sluss told the council that the form for […]

Chamber wants teachers, state workers to pay more

FRANKFORT State employees should be asked to pay more of their health insurance costs to help ease the strain on a state budget facing grim prospects, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce said. The business group said state workers receive more generous benefits than most private employees, and that state government’s cost for public employee health insurance soared by 174 percent […]

Lawmakers hear update on walking horse abuse

FRANKFORT Kentucky lawmakers have decided to monitor allegations that Tennessee walking horses are being abused. Lawmakers heard testimony this week about what’s being done to ensure that walking horses aren’t being intentionally harmed to create their trademark highstepping gait. At issue is the illegal practice of irritating the forelegs and hooves of walking horses to cause them to lift their […]

Band ends season on a very high note

Letcher County Central High School’s Marching Cougars band has delivered another award-winning performance — this time at the United States Scholastic Association Mid-South Regional competition at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. A dozen of the southeast region’s top high school bands — including one all the way from Spartanburg, S.C. — participated in the event on Oct. 31. […]

Education Support Professional Day planned as part of Education Week

November 18 has been designated Education Support Professional Day by the National Education Association as part of NEA’s 88th annual American Education Week, Nov. 15-21. The day recognizes the more than 2.9 million education support professionals Education support professionals include: • Paraeducators who provide instructional and noninstructional support. • Clerical service employees. • Custodians. • Maintenance service employees. • Transportation […]