Letcher jobless rate continues to drop



Employers in Letcher County hired 19 new workers between October and November as the county’s jobless rate fell from 9.9 percent to 9.6 percent. Letcher County’s labor force increased to 7,909 last month, up from 7,890 the month before, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The latest […]

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Captured robber to face charge here



An accused bank robber who was arrested in Virginia late last week after being on the run for 14 days will face additional charges in Letcher County, an official said Tuesday. Ronald David Green, 47, was arrested late Friday night after a Letcher County man and a clerk at a convenience store near the Kentucky-Virginia border worked together to let […]

Stewart was year’s top story



Trying to decide on my list of the top-10 NASCAR stories of the year seemed to be a little tougher this year than in seasons past. The competitive nature of the sport was as high as it has been in many seasons and that help to produce not only great finishes at just about every stop on the schedule, but […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Crank baits are working well now

Winter is here, but the warm weather we’ve been having can make for some strange fishing patterns. One thing now catching bass on most lakes is the crank bait. Most fishermen do not fish for bass during the winter months with crank baits, but in the past few years some winter anglers began using and catching bass in colder water […]

Cheap tickets from a cheap NFL team



The Cincinnati Bengals haven’t been anywhere near the vanguard of the NFL for two decades now, a stretch that began not coincidentally when club founder Paul Brown died and son Mike took over. Yet the Bengals might be again — for all the wrong reasons — if a mild downturn in league-wide attendance since 2007 becomes a trend. The team’s […]

Will Calipari vs. Pitino overshadow UK vs. UofL?



Traditionally, the University of Kentucky versus the University of Louisville basketball game has been one of those unique sports rivalries that needs no drama added, yet recently many storylines have been lurking in the background to sweeten the pot, so to speak, for the winning team and coach. Trust me, sports fans, these two institutions, their athletic departments, basketball programs, […]

Boys and girls met quality opponents



The Christmas holiday season offers opportunities for high school basketball teams to travel and play quality opponents they would not normally be able to schedule. The Letcher County Central High School girls’ and boys’ basketball teams were in Florida to participate in the KSA Holiday Tournament in Orlando and both squads lost two of three games. The Lady Cougars lost […]

Man selling fake drug is among 13 indicted



Thirteen people are named in 16 indictments returned by the Letcher County Grand Jury, including a Burdine man charged with selling fake cocaine during a Kentucky State Police sting operation nine months ago. The grand jury says John W. Greer, 48, 197 Store Hill Rd. Burdine, committed the felony of trafficking in a simulated controlled substance when he sold a […]

Wee paws are back in home



Last December, I knew. Gracie the pug had followed me around the house like she always did during my Christmas blitz, but she moved slowly, full of sighs. She was 13 and virtually blind, yet managed to land inches from my feet as I decorated the tree, set up our mini Christmas village and spaced the stockings just so on […]


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