Deal calls for killer of Neon man to get 50 years in prison

John William Pigg Jr. has admitted to murdering an elderly Neon man and will be sentenced to 50 years in prison if Letcher Circuit Judge Sam Wright approves a plea agreement reached in the case. Pigg, 40, of Thornton, pleaded guilty last week to murdering 70-year-old Ralph Marcum of Goose Creek in April 2008. The plea agreement, which was approved […]



Anderson sentencing is set

Formal sentencing will be held later this month for a 25-year-old Isom man who was found guilty of second-degree manslaughter in connection with a fatal car wreck here last November. A Letcher Circuit Court jury recommended at the end of a four-day trial last week that Jonathan Anderson be sentenced to 20 years in prison for driving drunk and crashing […]

Kids, adults enjoy Isom Days

Letcher County’s fall festival season continued in earnest this past weekend with Isom Days. Neon Days begins Sept. 9.


Wreck at Mayking injures man critically

A Neon area man remained in critical condition in a Tennessee hospital this week where he was being treated for injuries he received in a single-vehicle accident at Mayking. Lt. Brian Damron of the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department said Archie W. Brown, 37, of 72 Windstar Drive, Whitaker, suffered the life-threatening injuries when he was thrown from a red […]

Bennett and Linda Combs mark 54th anniversary


Linda Combs and Yvonne Sutphin visited their aunt, Thelma Cook Bays, boys, and her husband, Hubert Bays, in Andrews, S.C. They are doing fairly well. They have a beautiful home close to his daughter, Mary Ruth, and her family. Happy birthday to Callie Finchum on Aug. 29. She is Bennett and Linda Combs’s granddaughter. Bennett and Linda celebrated their 54th […]


Will Hatton celebrates a birthday


Hello everyone, I hope you are all doing well. I have been busy all week. I’ve been doing some work I have put off for a year or more. I just got in the mood, and I’ve worked so hard! I may not do anything for the next year. The bad part is no one can see what I’ve done. […]