12 died by O.D. in Letcher last year, new report says

Drug overdoses in Letcher County fell by half in 2012 from the year before, but still resulted in 12 deaths, statistics released by the Letcher County Coroner’s Office show. The report shows that drugs were also a factor in eight other deaths here last year. Twenty-four overdose deaths were reported Letcher County in 2011, while 18 people died from drug […]

Neon’s water rates going up

Fleming-Neon Water District customers will see their rates go up in 2013. The Fleming-Neon City Council conducted the second reading of an ordinance that raises rates by 10 percent across the board. Residential customers will see rates rise from $12.25 for the first 2,000 gallons to $13.48 and business customers will see rates go up from $14.25 to $15.68. Water […]

Jury returns manslaughter counts in 2 separate cases

Two Letcher County men are named by the Letcher Grand Jury in indictments charging each with second-degree manslaughter. Robert Anthony Sturgill, 31, of 151 Brick Yard Hill, Jenkins, is accused of causing the death of twoyear old Alicia Sturgill and endangering the lives of a three-year-old and a 17-year-old on August 26. The grand jury says Sturgill was operating a […]

Boys on the road

The Letcher County Central Cougars (12-6) are in the midst of a five-game stretch of away games. The road has not been kind to the Cougars this year, where they are just 4-6. However, the team a perfect 8-0 at home this year. LCV finishes up this five-game road swing with games at June Buchanan School on Saturday afternoon, at […]

Girls back to work after Harlan upset

The Letcher County Central Lady Cougars, now 13-5, have been “enjoying” some practice time in the gym since last Saturday’s big win over Harlan County. LCCHS returns to action Friday in Jackson against Breathitt County before traveling on to East Jessamine High School to play Louisville Moore in the Coaches v. Cancer Classic on Saturday. Next week will be a […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Mild weather was both good, bad

The mild weather of early January has made the fishing good for some fish and slow for other. Many anglers love to fish for smallmouth bass in the winter with rigs like the float and fly, but cold winter air and water temperatures are required to fish this rig correctly. Because of the milder weather, smallmouth anglers are having to […]

Testing pleases NASCAR

The Daytona 500 is just over a month away but 34 teams rolled into the Daytona International Speedway last week for three days of testing with the new Generation 6 race car that will be used for the first time this season. In years past the annual January test session has been used to work out the kinks of the […]

Struttin’ Time

A story worth passing on to others

Last week’s warm weather most likely had Mr. Longbeard gobbling in the early morning. He is ready for a new spring to begin. Of course, the hen knows he is premature. Mother Nature will tell her when it is time to find a boyfriend, and not after a few nice days in the middle of winter. Although turkeys gobble year […]

John Howard is back in Whitesburg


Hello everyone, hope you are all doing well. We are having great weather. It sure doesn’t feel like January, but I love it! It’s good not to wear a coat. I went to Pine Mountain Grill with son Billy for breakfast and to see the people. It was good seeing Kendall Ison and talking to him, and also the Fraziers, […]

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