Leslie County, KY

Green Dragons close summer play with wins

The Harlan Green Dragons ended summer basketball with two victories at Leslie County. Jaedyn Gist scored 23 points as Harlan rolled to an 85-39 win over Lee County. Kyler McLendon added 15 points. Harlan defeated the host Eagles 53-35 as Will Austin poured in 18 points, Kaleb McLendon scored 14.
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Sophomore QB Landry Collett transfers to Leslie County

LONDON, Ky. (WYMT) - After his freshman season with the South Laurel Cardinals, quarterback Landry Collett has announced his transfer to Leslie County. Collett’s father, Landry Sr, was a top-notch receiver for the Eagles during the Tim and Greg Couch era. Tim Couch went on to play for the...
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Shallow earthquake strikes far eastern Ky.

An earthquake struck far eastern Kentucky Thursday night. According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the 2.2 magnitude quake was reported at 11:19 Thursday night in Leslie County, about seven miles southwest of Hyden. The quake had a depth of less than one mile, which likely resulted in some residents experiencing shaking.

USGS: 2.2 magnitude earthquake shakes Leslie County, KY

LESLIE COUNTY, Ky. (WJHL) – An earthquake was recorded in Southeast Kentucky late Thursday night. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), a 2.2. magnitude earthquake occurred in Leslie County around 11:19 p.m. The USGS reports that the earthquake had a depth of just over a mile. The earthquake was centered roughly six miles […]

Local communities ‘buzzing’ about new beekeeping associations

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Several local organizations are offering creative incentives to help people “bee” more sustainable. Soon enough, Bell and Leslie counties will have their own beekeeping associations. Aaron Redmond is the agriculture extension agent for both counties and said these organizations not only help the local...

Memorial Day ceremony held for Kentucky’s veterans in Leslie County

LESLIE COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - A Memorial Day ceremony was held Monday morning at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery South East near Hyden in Leslie County. Several dozen people gathered to pay their respects to American military veterans. One person, Bonita Leddington, said the day was deeply personal. ”I’ve just lost...

Disabled American Veterans chapter in Leslie County needs support

LESLIE COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Williams Roberts, the Commander of Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 133 in Leslie County, is asking for support from veterans and people in the county this Memorial Day. DAV volunteers assist veterans in life and offer an honor guard and funeral services for Kentucky’s soldiers...

Remains of missing eastern Ky. woman identified using rapid DNA testing

Kentucky State Police announced that the remains of a missing eastern Kentucky woman have been identified using rapid DNA testing. “Utilizing the ANDE Rapid DNA Identification System, technology that generates DNA identification from forensic samples in fewer than two hours,” state police positively identified a Leslie County woman missing since 2020.

Saving Stories: Frontier Nursing Service holds special place in Kentucky and US history

WUKY's award winning history program, Saving Stories; featuring interviews from the Nunn Center for Oral History in the UK Libraries, commemorates International Nurses' Day with a story about the Frontier Nursing Service which introduced the first nurse-midwives to the United States. Founded in Leslie County by Mary Breckinridge, the nurses of the FNS would travel by horse to some of the most inaccessible regions of Eastern Kentucky. Betty Lester, a recruit from Great Britain shares her memories of her first day in the mountains.

Bulldogs level Leslie County, capture district title

HAZARD — Hazard pulled away to defeat Leslie County 19-2 in four innings in the 54th District Baseball Tournament title game at Perry Central High School on Tuesday, May 17. Hazard set the tone early, scoring six runs in the top half of the first inning. Two and 1/2 innings into the game, Hazard led 13-0.

KSP uses DNA technology to solve cold case, identify missing EKY woman

HELTON, Ky. (WYMT) - On Monday, Kentucky State Police announced a cold case from 2020 was solved with the help of DNA technology. The ANDE Rapid DNA Identification System helped police positively identify a woman who went missing in 2020. Makayla Collett went missing from Leslie County on October 24,...