Ex-Jenkins mayor says old ‘Beth-Elk’ site still a hazard

Almost three years after former Jenkins Mayor Charles Dixon brought environmental hazards associated with the old Beth-Elkhorn division shops to the Jenkins City Council’s attention, Dixon reports that very little has been done to correct the situation. Dixon visited the council at its June meeting and told them that his wife, Lana, died from progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), a rare […]

Man dies in bike-ATV mishap

Funeral services will be held Wednesday (today) for a Thornton man who died in an unusual motorcycle accident on Saturday evening. Ronnie Lee Wells, 21, was operating a dirt bike on a one-lane, dirt and gravel road near Deane around 6 p.m. He was going around a curve on an unmarked, old mining road and hit a side-by-side all-terrain vehicle […]

Drivers get an eyeful of 2 males on KY 15

Police say traffic came to a standstill one night last week on a Dry Fork highway when a 21-year-old Isom man and a juvenile male darted out in front of traffic, then jumped on the hoods of some vehicles and gestured at others while barely clothed. Joshua Mullins, wearing only a shirt and shoes, was arrested at 9:24 p.m. on […]

State gas tax to rise 2.4 cents a gallon

The cost of gasoline will go up again in Kentucky, this time the result of an automatic tax increase written into law more than three decades ago. Lawmakers were told in a meeting of the Interim Joint Transportation Committee on Tuesday that the gasoline tax will rise 2.4 cents next month to 32.3 cents a gallon, which would generate some […]

Police Beat

Friday, May 31 • At 4:30 p.m., a Letcher County deputy sheriff reports he is in pursuit of a vehicle with the license plate number of 653-HBE, heading in the direction of Cowan. • At 4:33 p.m., a second deputy joins the pursuit of a blue, beat-up Chevrolet Silverado pickup with license plate number 653-HBE. The chase is now past […]

Board to choose new superintendent from 7

The Letcher County Board of Education is scheduled to vote on hiring a new superintendent during a special meeting Wednesday. The board plans to go into a closed session during a special meeting, which starts at 6 p.m. at the Letcher County Area Technology Center. After the board meets behind closed doors, a motion will be made to hire a […]

Janie Frazier has helped Letcher Co. residents with Social Security for 40 yrs.

Janie Frazier is retiring after working at the Social Security Office in Hazard for the last 40 years. “I really enjoyed being a public servant,” said Frazier. “I tried to help everybody I could regardless of where they lived, but I was partial to Letcher County.” Frazier, of Whitesburg, is retiring as manager of the Hazard district, which consists of […]


Little fall keeps Oma Hatton home


Hello everyone, I hope you are all doing well. I can’t believe it’s time to write again. Time goes so fast! I don’t believe it went fast like that when I was young. We had to wait so long for birthdays and Christmas. But it’s not like that now. I haven’t been out and about much. I had a little […]