Kicking off the season



Board stays silent after hearing pleas to keep school open



A citizen’s plea to the Letcher County Board of Education to keep Beckham Bates Elementary School operating drew no response from board members or other school officials during the board’s August meeting this week. Beckham Jent, a bus driver at BBES and a retired custodian, asked the board on Monday night to examine a petition with 286 signatures in favor […]

Tackett asks Appeals Court to stop home’s liquidation



Former Golden Years Rest Home administrator James F. “Chum” Tackett has asked the Kentucky Court of Appeals to stop the liquidation of the personal care home in Jenkins. Whitesburg attorney James D. Asher filed a motion on Tackett’s behalf August 19 requesting the Appeals Court to “issue a temporary order directing the (Letcher Circuit Court) to cease the liquidation and […]

Jenkins officials don’t like cheerleaders’ black socks



Black socks worn by high school football cheerleaders are drawing attention from the Jenkins Independent Schools Board of Education and some other members of the community. Jenkins School Board Vice Chairman Tracy Goff told the board during its August meeting that he has received a number of phone calls and comments on the amount of black on some uniforms and […]

Last-gasp heroics save Letcher Central



Quarterback Logan Johnson was named the most valuable player on offense after Letcher County Central’s opening game win over Madison Central, and for good reason. With the Cougars behind by six points and facing fourth down and needing to gain 35 yards to score, Johnson was able to roll to his left and heave a pass toward the goal line […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Worm fishing for deep summer bass

The high water temperatures and the lack of oxygen in shallow water drives most bass into deeper water where they will stay until the fall weather starts to cool the water down. Until then, fishermen need to focus their fishing on deep water presentations, and one of the best lures to do this is the plastic worm. The plastic worm […]

Cavs will be on road after loss to Phelps



No longer a tough ticket



This Saturday night the lights will once again come on at Bristol Motor Speedway for the running of the Irwin Tools Night Race. Until the recent economic slowdown of our country, it was a ticket that was almost impossible to get. The half-mile track would jam in over 160,000 fans for its August night race. Even though ticket sales have […]

Struttin’ Time

No worries, turkey season here soon

I’m sitting here, drinking some green tea with pomegranate. The world is in a mess, the stock market gone to hell, and at this point in time, I couldn’t care less. I learned years ago, no need to fret over things over which we have no control. My mind, and my sights are set on the breaking of dawn, September […]

Burning tire gave light for fishing

Southern Ohio

Hello again everyone! It sure looks and feels like an autumn day to me. I just looked across the hayfield from our house and several trees on the hillside are starting to turn brown. Oh I am not ready for this. Do you realize Christmas is only four months away? My son, Keith Ballard, spent quite some time in the […]


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