Killer pleads guilty, but refuses to accept blame

James Ray Maggard, the Neon man accused of murdering Dradrick “Drad” Fleming in June 2012, entered an “Alford guilty plea” in Letcher Circuit Court Friday that will protect him from the possibility of being sentenced to death by lethal injection. “He admits there is sufficient evidence to try to persuade a jury to convict him,” said William Lewis Collins, one […]

Show brings friends together

Southern Ohio

Happy, happy spring everyone! Oh how wonderful that sounds to my ears and to see written with my hazel eyes. My lilac trees have been starting to form buds for almost two weeks now, and the maple tree has starting showing the beginning of leaves. Crocus are blooming, some tulips are ready to burst open, and the daffodils are almost […]

LKLP meeting set March 28

The Leslie, Knott, Letcher, Perry Community Action Council will holds a community needs assessment meeting for the 2014-2015 Community Services Block Grant program at 10 a.m., Friday, March 28. The meeting will take place at the LKLP Letcher County Offi ce, 2 Main St., Whitesburg. The purpose of the meeting is to provide information on the services to be offered […]

Letcher’s last school day still June 11

Uncertain whether the legislature will grant any relief for the large number of days Kentucky school districts have missed because of snow, ice and frigid temperatures, Letcher County Public School Supt. Tony Sergent said classes will be in session until June 11 if no help is given. The Letcher district has missed 29 days of school. The Letcher County Board […]

Ex-Ozzy Osbourne guitarist performs before sold-out audience in W’burg

Jake E. Lee played his guitar in Whitesburg on March 20 while he and his new band Red Dragon Cartel performed before a packed house at Summit City. Lee is best known for his work in the mid-1980s with Ozzy Osbourne (“Bark at the Moon” and “Ultimate Sin”) and the band “Badlands.” Red Dragon Cartel is touring in support of […]


Willie Cauley-Stein and the Kentucky Wildcats will meet the University of Louisville in the NCAA Tournament. The game will air Friday from Indianapolis at 9:45. (AP)

Letcher County archers compete


Vergle Caudill will again be in charge of the upkeep of the Hampton and Dixon cemeteries above the Letcher School. If you have loved ones resting there, you can send a donation for grass mowing and weed-eating to: Vergle Caudill, P.O. Box 172, Blackey, KY 41804. The mowing season will be here soon if we continue to get a little […]

Little League sign-up set

The Pine Mountain Settlement School Little League sign-up will be held Thursday and Friday, April 10 and 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the settlement school library. The cost is $8 per child. To help with Little League or for more information, call Judy Lewis at (606) 558-3586 or (606) 558-3571.

Jenkins still wishes to close June 10

The Jenkins Independent Schools Board of Education voted to advertise for bids to dispose of the old McRoberts Elementary School as surplus property at it March meeting. The board voted to declare the school surplus at its February meeting and Monday evening, the members voted to declare everything that school workers have not removed from the building as surplus along […]

Homeless shelter discussed


Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center. “But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.” Matt. 6:36. We are all ready for spring at our ECCO thrift store. The spring clothing is out, lavender, yellow and pink birdhouses are on […]