Coal production is down dramatically here, across region

State reports say Letcher now 11th in coal tonnage, 3rd in joblessness

The state has released new statistics showing a staggering drop in coal production and a large rise in unemployment in the southeastern Kentucky coalfields, particularly in Letcher, Harlan, Knott and Perry counties. The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) reports that coal production in Letcher County, long one of the state’s top four coalproducing counties, fell to 2.97 million tons […]

Grand jury says woman, 34, stole $32,000 from beer/tobacco store

A 34-year-old Linefork woman is charged in an indictment with stealing $32,240 from a beer and tobacco store in Whitesburg. Susan Faye Sturgill Meade (also known as Susie Sturgill Meade), of 11010 Highway 160, is charged with one count of theft of more than $10,000 in an indictment returned March 28 by the Letcher County Grand Jury. The grand jury […]

Developments emerge in Mayking death probe

As the charge against him continues to await final action by the Letcher County Grand Jury, recent developments have emerged in the case against a 37-year-old Mayking man charged in connection with the death of his wife in the early morning hours of March 14. Roger Elswick, of Cram Creek, was arrested and charged with wanton endangerment shortly after the […]

Store first to sell package liquor here since 1943

A new retail store near Ermine is the first to sell liquor and wine legally in Whitesburg in nearly 70 years. Big Daddy’s Liquor Barn LLC, which is owned by Sandy Hammock of Whitesburg, opened for business on April 2. The store, which is located at 481 Highway 119 in Whitesburg in a 24- by 36-foot building, is named after […]

Bid opening draws questions at Jenkins

A bid opening became controversial at the April meeting of the Jenkins City Council Monday evening, prompting one contractor to withdraw his bid twice and a council member suggested that the council go back to opening bids during the meetings as it has done in the past. After Architect Bill Richardson of Richardson and Associates of Whitesburg showed the council […]

Jenkins scholars honored

The Jenkins Independent Schools Board of Education celebrated the elementary academic team’s success in the Governor’s Cup Academic Competition at its March meeting. Sponsor Ken Flanary told the board that he did not have the words to express his pride in the students, and praised their parents as well for their willingness to work with their children to help make […]


Letcher board delays action on team’s plan to go to the Bahamas

The Letcher County Board of Education will not decide whether to let the Letcher County Central High School basketball team travel to the Bahamas next December until the board meets with the principal, basketball coaches and ball players’ parents. “I have some serious concerns with allowing athletic team or any school group to leave the country,” said Board Chairman Robert […]