Funeral held for wreck victim, 28

Funeral services were held this week for a 28-year-old Jeremiah woman who was killed in a car wreck. Kentucky State Police say Shannoka Ann Adams died Saturday morning of injuries she received when she was ejected from a red 1997 Jeep when it left KY 7 South near Blair Branch and went airborne. The driver of the Jeep, 29-year old […]

Plan for natural gas filling station in Pike OK’d by officials here

Would use ‘multi-county’ severance taxes

The Letcher Fiscal Court voted unanimously this week to support a request that multi-county coal severance funds be used to develop a natural gas service station in the Coal Run area of Pikeville. The station, to be located at the junction where U.S. 119 splits from U.S. 23 and goes toward West Virginia, will serve vehicles powered by natural gas. […]

Arson suspect among 21 indicted on felonies

Twenty-one people are named in 23 indictments returned by the Letcher County Grand Jury, including a Jeremiah man charged with kidnapping his wife and burning their house. The grand jury says Lawrence Eugene Halcomb, 28, of 3056 Hwy. 7 South, Jeremiah, fired a shotgun at Mickey Halcomb on April 30 before pouring gasoline throughout a house they were sharing and […]

Judge orders miner permanently reinstated

Administrative Law Judge Margaret Miller of the Federal Mine Safety & Health Review Commission has ordered Cumberland River Coal Company (CRCC) to immediately and permanently reinstate coal miner Charles Scott Howard to his former position with the company. In a decision issued on June 15th, Judge Miller found that CRCC discriminated against Howard when it discharged him on May 16, […]

Jenkins woman afraid husband’s killer will be released on parole

A 32-year-old Jenkins man who was sentenced in March to 10 years in prison in connection with the shooting death of his neighbor will be eligible for parole in September. A Letcher Circuit Court jury convicted Samuel Todd Collier of second-degree manslaughter on Feb. 17 in the 2010 shooting death of Mark Joseph Sturgill, 48, and recommended Collier serve the […]

Cancer takes teen who inspired many

A Jeremiah teenager who has inspired many people in Letcher County because of his faith, positive attitude and love for others has died of cancer. Travis Uriah Morton, 17, died June 15 at his home. Travis, who had been diagnosed three times with cancer, was diagnosed in 2009 with stage four brain and spinal cancer. “Travis was an inspiration to […]

New apartments will cater to female college students

Dorm-style living is now an option for female college students wanting to live close to home, but not at home with their parents. A 3,500-square-foot brick house located at 118 Hayes Street in Whitesburg has been renovated into dorm-style living, which could house eight to 10 students. The structure, which was previously a dental office, has been divided into living […]

Fresh peas bring much enjoyment


Hello everyone. Hope you are all doing well and keeping cool. A good day to stay indoors if you are like me. I can’t handle the heat for long at a time. I sure did enjoy having my son Astor ‘Red’ Hatton and his wife Rosemary last weekend. I cooked for them at home and my son Larry came down […]

Packs celebrate anniversary

Big Cowan

Hello once again. I hope everyone had a great week. I hope all the fathers had a great Father’s Day. I sure miss my dad. He has been gone 24 years and is missed every day. Jasper Fields died June 14, 1988. My brother, Archie Ray Fields, had his by-pass on his leg at Pikeville, June 11. It took almost […]