2020-12-23

2020-12-23 E-Edition

Pandemic alters, but doesn’t stop Shop With A Cop

Kentucky State Police pushed forward this year with its annual Shop With A Trooper campaign despite changes in the process caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. On Tuesday, troopers and other personnel from KSP Post 13 in Hazard met at Whitesburg Walmart to shop for local children, working to fulfill their Christmas wishlists. Toys, clothing and other items were then delivered […]

Property values up in county despite slump in coal industry

Property taxes higher this year? Here are reasons why is happened

Total property values in Letcher County have gone up despite the loss of the coal industry, due in part to strong real estate sales and an increase in the value of oil and gas rights, according to information from the county Property Valuation Administrator’s office. That could have the effect of lowering tax rates in the county if prices continue […]

County officials call for small hike in state’s gas tax

Fiscal court calls for small gas tax hike, awards bids

The Letcher County Fiscal Court voted unanimously this week to adopt a resolution asking the Kentucky General Assembly to implement a small hike in gas taxes to increase road funds available to local governments. At its December meeting, Judge/ Executive Terry Adams said the roads are in bad shape throughout the county and at present state funding is not adequate […]

Neon man pleads guilty to two reduced charges

Mullins pleads guilty to two reduced charges

A Neon florist and one-time candidate for magistrate charged with first-degree sexual abuse of a child less than 12 years old has pleaded guilty to reduced charges of harassment and will serve no time in prison. Emory Lee “Fudge” Mullins, who also faced charges of two counts of retaliating against a participant in a legal proceeding, will instead spend two […]

Jenkins schools hire officer; board hears COVID issues


Jenkins students will see a familiar face in a new role when school is back in session for in-person classes. Alicia Congleton, a former Letcher County sheriff ’s deputy who works with students in Spanish language instruction and helps students keep up with online classes while serving as attendance secretary, has been hired as the district’s school resource officer. The […]

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The Home Place


During a holiday season that may not quite feel the same for many families, you can add a magic touch to at-home festivities with activities and treats that get everyone involved. Creating decorative holiday sweets allows little ones and grown-ups alike to take part in the fun, and the end result is delicious desserts for all to enjoy. Start with […]

Now here’s a tip!

• Candles will burn more evenly if you refrigerate them for a few hours before lighting. • “I have drafty windows. I took a plastic shower curtain and cut it to fit the windows. Then I secured it with tape. It’s worked well to keep out the drafts, and I just remove it once a week and clean the windows […]

SPEAKING OF SOAPS

RECAPS –DEC. 21 - 25

THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL — Ridge got emotional with Brooke about Thomas. Liam vowed to be the husband that Hope deserves. Zoe became upset that Paris is still in LA and upending her life. Steffy was forced to hide her secret from Hope. Zende interrupted a heated moment between Paris and Zoe. Liam and Steffy shared an awkward moment […]