Henry ‘Axle’ Bentley III buried at Payne Gap

Funeral services for Henry “Axle” Bentley III, 34, of Goose Creek, were held February 19 at Carty Funeral Home in Jenkins. Burial was in the Laurel Fork Cemetery at Payne Gap. A son of Katrina Walker of McRoberts and Henry Bentley, Jr. of Jenkins, he died February 14 in Bessemer, Ala. He was preceded in death by a grandmother, Velma […]

Moments in Time

• On Feb. 19, 1847, the first rescuers reach surviving members of the Donner Party, a group of California bound emigrants stranded by snow in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Of the 89 original members of the Donner Party, only 45 reached California. • On Feb. 22, 1918, swept along by hysterical fears of German spies, the Montana legislature passes a […]

9 accused of being deadbeat parents

Nine people have been named in indictments by the Letcher Grand Jury charging them with flagrant non-support of their minor children. They are: • Paula M. Cornett, 32, of 386 College Road, Apt. B, Cumberland, who is also charged with being a second-degree persistent felony offender. • Corey D. Fraley, 42, of 3267 Ky. Hwy. 317, Neon, who is also […]

Rites held for Margie Caudill

Margie Belle Ison Caudill, 82, died February 12 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Lexington. A daughter of the late Burnett and Tina B. Ison, she was the widow of Norman Caudill and was also preceded in death by eleven siblings. Surviving are three sons, Anthony Caudill and wife Marty of Seymour, Ind., Jonathan Caudill and wife Jan, and Norman Matthew […]


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Services planned for Ada Banks Sturgill

Ada Banks Sturgill, 83, died February 16 at Hazard Appalachian Regional Healthcare Hospital. The daughter of the late Curtis and Gertrude Everidge Banks, she was born at Colson. She was the widow of Roy Sturgill. Mrs. Sturgill enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed cooking and quilting. Surviving are her daughter, Theresa “Dan” […]

Protect birds while feeding them

Many people enjoy feeding wild birds from backyard feeders, and it has become a huge industry, with billions of dollars spent each year in the U.S. on birdseed, feeders, baths, and other accessories. Letcher County has a large number of residents who watch birds and maintain backyard feeders. Birds certainly appreciate the tasty seeds and treats dispensed from our feeders […]

Illness shuts Jenkins schools

A high absentee rate due to widespread illness has forced the cancellation of classes in Jenkins for the rest of the week. The Jenkins Independent School District informed parents late Tuesday afternoon that classes at the district’s two campuses would be cancelled for the rest of the week due to illness. Jenkins Superintendent Mike Genton said attendance levels were consistent […]

Service held for Teresa Banks

Teresa Lynn Banks, 61, of Sandlick, died February 15 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Healthcare Center. A daughter of the late John Jr. and Matilda Hale Banks, she was also preceded in death by a brotherin law, David Adams, and a great-nephew, Zachary Adams. Surviving are two brothers, Eddie and wife Cil of Louisville and Randy and wife Kathy of Isom; […]


NOTICECommonwealth ofKentuckyLetcher District CourtCase #19-P-22In re:the estate of:JEFFREY DEAN DAYDeceasedPursuant to KRS424.340, notice ishereby given that JuneDay was on the 6thday of February, 2019appointed Executrix ofthe deceased, late ofLetcher County, and allpersons having claimsagainst said estateshall present same,verified according tolaw to said Executrixat her present address,127 Grate Dr., Whitesburg, KY 41858, notlater than the 6th dayof August, 2019.Mike Watts,By: Melissa […]