Bluegrass, Gospel DJ Paul Morris records from assisted living home

“Let’s get some music going for some atmosphere in here.” Where would you expect to hear this statement: A bar? A dance? An assisted living center? If you guessed either bar or dance, you are wrong. Paul Morris has his own studio in an L-shaped corner of the TV room at Amber Oaks Assisted Living in Shelbyville. There are shelves […]

Change could mean Eolia, Partridge area may get water sooner

In an effort to speed up access to treated water for residents of the Cumberland River area, the Board of Directors of the Letcher County Water and Sewer District has voted to hire a Lexington engineering firm to do the work needed to make the prospect a reality. The board voted to hire Bell Engineering of Lexington to replace the […]

Stolen golf balls could fill two bathtubs, say Jenkins police

Jenkins City Police found “enough golf balls to fill up a couple of bathtubs” when they arrested a Virginia man and charged him with stealing about $17,000 worth of golfing equipment, clothing and accessories over a two-year period from the Raven Rock Golf Course Pro Shop. Allen Lorde, of 154 Old Stone Drive, Clintwood, Va., managed to steal the merchandise […]

Grand jury indicts 8

The Letcher County Grand Jury has returned eight felony indictments, two of which accuse a man of cashing checks on a non-existent Blue Diamond Coal Company payroll account. The grand jury says Joseph Martin Lewis, 36, of 6770 Hwy. 510, Coldiron, and 6770 Hwy. 510, Gordon, cashed a check for $716.47 at Food City on March 6 on a nonexistent […]

Acker murder case being revisited this week on TV

A highly-publicized murder that took place in Letcher County 29 years ago next month is the subject of an episode of a television show that will debut Thursday night at 10 on the Investigation Discovery network. Entitled “Knock, Knock, You’re Dead,” the 60- minute program examines the August 1985 murder in Fleming-Neon of college coed Tammy Dee Acker and the […]

Sundy Best excited about playing free here on 4th

Sundy Best is no stranger to Whitesburg. The Lexington country rock duo has performed here quite a few times, even before releasing their two successful albums, “Door Without a Screen” and “Bring Up the Sun.” Prestonsburg natives Kris Bentley and Nick Jamerson first played in Letcher County at Summit City before becoming known as Sundy Best. The duo has also […]

Man faces 19 burglary counts

A Cromona man is scheduled to appear in Letcher District Court Thursday to answer to 19 burglary charges. Dylan M. Wright, 22, of 4649 KY Highway 805, is accused of breaking into 16 motor vehicles, two garages and one residence in the Webb Branch community of Letcher County in the early hours of June 24. Kentucky State Police began receiving […]

Underwood dies at 63

Relatives and friends of former Whitesburg resident Thomas P. “Tom” Underwood gathered in Danville on Sunday to remember his life. Underwood, 63, of Melber, Ky., died June 21 at his home. A Letcher County native born to the late Paul E. and Inez H. Underwood on June 2, 1951, he was the husband of Wanda F. Underwood a retired employee […]

Lynchs visited by a furry creature

Blair Branch

Hello all. I hope this finds each of you happy and healthy. Michael, the boys, and I are doing okay. I’ve been battling allergies, but otherwise we are all as fine as frog’s hair. We’ve been trying to make the most of these hot summer days, and the boys love cooling off in the pool or at the beach. Even […]


Chris Gilley, son of Burdell and Geraldine Gilley, was graduated from Liberty University with a master of theology degree. He is married to Angela Jacob Gilley and the couple have two daughters, Natasha and Mischa. He is the senior pastor at Premium Baptist Church, chaplain at Pikeville Medical Center, and a paramedic at Trans-Star Ambulance Service.