Lawmaker says Gov. Bevin left threats by phone

FRANKFORT Days after Matt Bevin took office in December, the Republican governor went to work on an ambitious project: persuading some Democratic state representatives from conservative districts to switch parties, giving Republicans control of the state House for the first time since 1920. Two representatives did switch parties, while two more resigned to take other jobs. But Russ Meyer, a […]

Theft suspect pleads not guilty

A 32-year-old Letcher County man has pleaded not guilty to a felony charge filed after he knowingly sold three stolen truck rims for scrap. Dustin Kim Caudill of Blackey pleaded not guilty to a charge of receiving stolen property during his August arraignment in Letcher District Court. He is scheduled to be back in district court for a preliminary hearing […]

Scenes from Jenkins Homecoming Days

As the photos on this page show, Letcher County’s festival season kicked off in earnest last weekend with the arrival of the Jenkins Homecoming Days Festival. Next up on the list of the gatherings leading to the Mountain Heritage Festival late in September is the Isom Days Festival now underway in that community.


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Cable dispute leads to charges

A dispute over a cable television hookup that dates back to 2014 has led to the arrest of a Letcher County man. Emmitt McElroy, 32, of Hallie, was arrested August 16 and charged with the felony offense of theft of services and a misdemeanor charge of terroristic threatening. The arrest comes about 20 months after McElroy allegedly threatened to shoot […]


September 3 — The Watts family reunion will be held at the Campbell’s Branch Community Center beginning at noon. Those attending should bring a covered dish. . September 3 — The Holbrook family reunion will be held at 9 a.m. at Fishpond Lake at the dam. Signs will be posted. Dinner will be at noon. Everyone is invited. For more […]

My Jenkins High School Class of 1948

There is not a day that goes by I don’t think of my school days. I have many happy memories of growing up on our 100-acre farm at the head of Cane Branch, and the eight years of going to Burdine School. But when my classmates graduated from Jenkins High School in 1948, I was assigned to Langley Field, Virginia […]

EpiPen scandal not over

So the seller of the EpiPen is now going to offer a generic alternative costing 50 percent less. The Mylan drug company has been drowning in public outrage for jacking up the list price of an EpiPen two-pack from about $100 to as high as $600 over nine years. The EpiPen is a lifesaving injection device for people suffering a […]

No trash pickup

Because of the Labor Day holiday, there will be no garbage pickup in the City of Whitesburg on Monday, Sept. 5.