Freak wreck kills Mayking man

Funeral services were held over the weekend for a 52-year-old Mayking man killed in a freak automobile accident in Pike County earlier last week. Kelly Ray Caudill died August 1 after he was struck by a parked Jeep Cherokee near Pikeville while taking a smoke break outside a pickup truck in which he had been riding. According to the Pikeville […]

Board OK’s new travel policy after auditor’s findings

Responding to a recent recommendation from the state auditor’s office, new Letcher Schools Supt. Tony Sergent says tightened policies and procedures pertaining to reimbursing top administrators of the county school system for travel expenses will be enforced. During a special meeting of the Letcher County Board of Education held August 5, the board authorized Sergent to submit a response to […]

Jenkins killer believed he was missing $6,000

A man angered over a missing wallet believed to contain about $6,000 awarded from a motorcycle accident settlement murdered three people and shot himself in Jenkins early last Friday morning, authorities say. Timothy Shelby, 58, of 86 Oak Street in the Lakeside community, fired one shot at his girlfriend Jennifer Walters, 35, of Lexington, who was at his home, said […]

Haymond will celebrate its 100th year

Haymond will celebrate its 100th anniversary on Friday, August 9, and Saturday, August 10, at Skyview Park. The event will include a quilt and art display on Friday, a car and bike show and corn hole tournament, both at 10 a.m. on Saturday, a horseshoe tournament at 11 a.m., a free soup bean dinner with kraut and wieners at noon, […]

Dorthy Tacket, daughters go to singing


Hello everyone. Hope you are all doing okay and enjoying the nice weather. Time is going so fast. I can’t believe it’s time to write again. Not much has been going on, or I haven’t heard about it. We have had some car accidents. One killed and one hurt badly on the Whitesburg by-pass, and some shooting in Jenkins with […]


Roy Culp doing well after surgery


By the time this hits the stands a new school year will be started. I hope all students have a good, prosperous school year and are safe getting on and off the school buses. Please, let’s all be extra careful driving in the mornings and evenings during school bus times. Roy Culp has had his surgery and is doing very […]

Baby pageant set Sept. 16

The Letcher County Mountain Heritage Baby Pageant, sponsored by the Mountain Heritage Festival Committee, will be held at 6:30 p.m. on September 16 at Letcher County Central High School auditorium. All contestants must be residents of Letcher County. Applications must be accompanied by a $25 entry fee and must be received by September 12. For more nformation, contact Roxie Smith, […]

Edward Lumpkins, 86, succumbs

Edward Lumpkins, 86, died August 3 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. Born in Letcher County, he was a son of the late Ruben and Mary Moore Lumpkins and was married to the late Janice Stamper Lumpkins. He was a brother of the late Walker Lumpkins, Roy Lumpkins, John Lumpkins, Ruby Jewel Kelly, Eula Lumpkins, Beulah Cornett, Bessy Lumpkins and Vernie […]

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