How a night of fun became nightmare for 4 friends who were out on town

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is an account of the events leading up to the stabbing death of Michael Hogg on January 1, 2014, taken from testimony at the trial of James R. Huffman IV, now in its ninth day in Letcher Circuit Court, and from witness documents filed in the case. The night of December 31, 2013, and January 1, […]

The overturned outhouse

During my younger days in the military I was on assignment to a part of the world that my family could not be with me. My family was staying with my parents on our 100-acre farm on Cane Branch. A lady whose husband owned most of the land near our farm came to talk to my mom about her outhouse […]



Bible trivia

1. Is the book of Immanuel in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. Which Old Testament prophet said the most about the birth of Christ? Isaiah, Daniel, Ezekiel, Jeremiah 3. From Matthew 1:18, when Mary became pregnant, she and Joseph were … ? Married, Engaged, Just friends, Strangers 4. What priest was told he would not die until […]

Frederick Wolfe dies at 74

Frederick William Wolfe, 74, died November 28, at his home in the Villages in Florida. Born in Jenkins to the late Clarence B. Wolfe and Mary Jo Wolfe, he was the oldest of eight siblings. He was a brother-in-law of the late Joseph Newman. Mr. Wolfe was graduated from Jenkins High School and attended the University of Kentucky where he […]

Jenkins sets holiday schedule

Jenkins Mayor Todd Depriest announced this week that city offices in Jenkins will be closed for four days beginning Friday, December 22. City Hall will re-open and city services will start up on Tuesday, December 26. Garbage pickup usually done on Friday will be picked up on Thursday. Recycling containers will be available in their usual locations. Depriest made the […]

Christmas brings Marlowe memories

It is so hard for me to believe in two weeks it will be Christmas. Where oh where does the time go, and why does it seem to go by faster the older we get? This week at Letcher County Senior Citizens there will be a Senior Safety Day on Wednesday, Dec. 13, and they are beginning a new exercise […]

Rites held for Billy G. Ison

Billy G. Ison, 89, of Mt. Carmel, Ind., died Sunday, November 26, at the Knolls of Oxford, Ohio. Born in Letcher County, Kentucky, he was a son of Dee and Virgie Caudill Ison and a stepson of Jonah Hogg. He was the widower of Jean Ison, and the father of a late infant daughter, Sarah Louise Ison. Mr. Ison was […]

Murder trial is now in 2nd week of testimony

Opening statements and testimony began on December 7 in the trial of James R. Huffman IV, charged with complicity to murder in the stabbing death of Michael Hogg about 2 a.m. on New Year’s Day, 2014. The following is an overview of this week’s activity in the case. Jury selection Jury selection took most of three days as attorneys winnowed […]