Gambling among issues Beshear discusses at inaugural festivities



FRANKFORT Gov. Steve Beshear used his inaugural celebration Tuesday to begin a new push to expand the types of gambling allowed in Kentucky. The second-term Democrat said amending the constitution to allow more gambling could generate needed revenue for state government. That would not only require action by the state legislature, but also approval by Kentucky voters. “We’re going to […]

Rotary Club offers scholarship



The Whitesburg Rotary Club is offering the Meryl Brown Rotary Scholarship of $500 to a Letcher County resident who will be a full-time student attending college during the spring semester of 2012. Criteria for selection of the recipient are scholastic achievement, personal character, and financial need. Scholarship applications may be obtained by visiting the R.R. Crawford Engineering office at Whitco […]

Santa to make rounds in Neon area on Friday, police chief tells council



Santa Claus will get an early start on Christmas by making his rounds from Neon to Haymond this Friday. Police Chief Mike Dingus told the Fleming-Neon City Council at its December meeting that Santa will start his rounds in Neon at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, December 16, and move through Fleming, McRoberts, and Hemphill. Dingus said the ride will go […]

Changes abound for 2012



It is a common occurrence in every major sport that as soon as the season is over, those teams that failed to win the championship begin making the changes that they feel will bring them the title the following year. Sprint Cup racing is no different, but in this sport no team, regardless of where it has finished, is immune […]

Lady Cougars (4-0) face tough test Saturday



The Letcher County Central Lady Cougars ran their record to 4-0 with wins on the road at Pikeville and Cordia before coming home to turn back a determined Belfry team for their fourth consecutive win. The Lady Cougars are expected to get their first real test of the season when they host highly regarded Scott County Saturday. The tip-off is […]

Loss to IU will help Cats



Hopefully no member of Big Blue Nation jumped into any of the Commonwealth’s 19 gorgeous state park lakes or off any of eastern Kentucky’s beautiful mountaintops after the University of Kentucky’s last-second loss at Indiana on Saturday. The Wildcat players and coaches are alive and well this week and working to get better at the Joe Craft Center. Life goes […]

Boys getting ready for trip to Florida



The Letcher County Central Cougars host dangerous Breathitt County this Friday night before departing for Florida for next week’s four-day holiday tournament in the KSA Disney Basketball Tournament in Orlando. The Cougars’ first game will be Sunday, Dec. 18. Letcher Central 78 Australian Nationals 67 The much traveled team from Down Under rolled into Ermine last Friday night and played […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Fishing slowly can bring results

Fishing in cold and stained water can be very tough. But just like any other situation you are faced with in fishing, you just have to stop and think what you can do to put anything you can in your favor — things like moving to more clear water or fishing heavy cover or fishing baits that can be fished […]

Volunteers still busy as Tackett’s ‘Christmas for the Needy’ is set to open Sunday morning at 10



If you’re on the lookout for a little Christmas spirit this holiday season you can find it in the old Food World building in Whitesburg. Marlow Tackett’s “Christmas for the Needy” begins giving away toys, clothing, food, furniture, appliances and much more at 10 a.m. on Sunday (Dec. 18) and continues until everything is gone. According to Tackett, the embodiment […]

Jenkins police charge Va. man after wreck



A Virginia man involved in a single-vehicle wreck was arrested Monday on several drug-related charges. Lt. Brian Damron of the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department said Nicholas Buchanan, 32, of 330 Kitty Lane, Clintwood, Va., drove off US 23 near Joe’s Branch on Dec. 12 and hit a guardrail. Witnesses at the scene said Buchanan hid drugs in his vehicle. […]


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