Snow storm creates havoc here

More than 1,500 Letcher County households were still without power Tuesday night, more than two days after the county was hit with its first major snowstorm of the winter. Kentucky Power Company reported that as of 9 p.m. Tuesday, power had been restored to about 67 percent of those customers who suffered outages while the area was being hit with […]

Letcher officials say no to UPike plan

The Letcher County Fiscal Court has voted unanimously to ask the Kentucky House of Representatives not to approve a bill that would allow use of coal severance tax funds to pay for the now-private University of Pikeville to become a four-year state-supported university. District Five Magistrate Wayne Fleming said that while no one on the court opposes the idea of […]

Fiscal court alters coal tax list

The Letcher Fiscal Court voted this week to remove a $ 100,000 allotment to Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital and a $300,000 allotment to the Letcher County Recreation Center from a “coal severance tax priority list” that will be presented to the Kentucky General Assembly. District Five Magistrate Wayne Fleming asked that WARH’s request for $100,000 to help pay for indigent […]

Miller ‘key’ in Wildcat comeback

STARKVILLE, Miss. Compared to the rest of Kentucky’s roster, Darius Miller is a dinosaur. But the 6-foot-8 senior guard does bring the Wildcats some experience and toughness, and he scored all of his 12 points in the final eight minutes to help No. 1 Kentucky climb out of a halftime hole to beat Mississippi State 73-64 on Tuesday night. “I […]

NASCAR again puts all cards on the table

Every year when it is time for Daytona International Speedway to kick off another Sprint Cup Series season, I still find myself amazed that the sport starts the season with its biggest race. The schedule is loaded with races at great venues like Charlotte and Indianapolis but make no mistake about it, there is only one Daytona 500. While other […]

Struttin’ Time

Some good signs ahead — finally

Word came to me this week that what is probably Struttin’ Time’s oldest reader, Ms. Thelma Banks of Sandlick, just had her 88th birthday. I wish you many more, Thelma, and thanks for being a Struttin’ Time reader. Also, I got word from my longtime friend Raymond “Pap” Brown that he is doing better after having back surgery on Feb. […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Crappie will hit small minnows now

Spring is on the way, but for now you can still enjoy some decent crappie fishing. The same areas you would fish in the early spring will not produce many fish now, so you need to look for areas that have a little deeper water with some type of cover. Just about any type of cover will hold crappie — […]

Letcher Central’s boys, girls teams begin tourney play

The Letcher County Central Cougars and Lady Cougars wrapped up their regular seasons last week and have compiled impressive resumes heading into this week’s post-season tournament action. The Lady Cougars, despite a narrow 64-62 loss at Shelby Valley in their season finale on Feb. 13 that snapped a five-game winning streak, retained their 25th ranking in this week’s Dave Cantrall’s […]

Sighting of snowy owl remains very rare treat

Last Friday morning, February 17, I saw, for the first time in more than 25 years, a snowy owl and it was here on Charlie Brown Road. I had heard it a couple of times earlier in the week in the woods across the way, snapping its beak and more or less barking late in the day, like a curious […]

Attack fatal to Mullins

Mike Mullins, longtime executive director of the Hindman Settlement School, has died. He was 63. Mullins died Sunday after being stricken while exercising. Knott County Coroner Jeff Blair told the Lexington Herald-Leader that Mullins had a history of heart trouble. Since becoming head of the Knott County school in 1977, Mullins helped shape it into a regional cultural and educational […]

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