Promise leads to 40 years as Santa

After keeping a promise he made 40 years ago, Steve Brewer is considering retiring his red suit, hat and boots. When Brewer dressed up as Santa Claus for the first time at the age of 27, he didn’t realize that it would turn into such a long commitment. In 1973, Brewer’s friend, Raymond Holbrook of Neon, had been “Letcher County’s […]

County left with half of usual pay from coal taxes

Court is putting projects in priority

The Letcher County government can begin making promised coal severance tax disbursements as soon as the Kentucky Department for Local Government receives a new priority list approved this week by the Letcher County Fiscal Court. At its December meeting Monday night, Letcher Judge/Executive Jim Ward responded to a question about funding for the 10 volunteer fire departments that serve Letcher […]

Ex-inspector indicted in connection with assault

Among 10 charged; accused of beating woman

The Letcher County Grand Jury has returned 14 indictments charging 10 people with felonies, including a man charged with assaulting a woman on Dec. 8. The grand jury says Derek Wayne Cook, 43, of 270 Mayking Loop, Whitesburg, entered a mobile home at 270 Mayking Loop, Whitesburg, armed with a loaded pistol and assaulted and injured Stacy Kirby. He is […]

Woman critical after wreck

A 34-year-old Jackhorn woman is listed in critical condition in a Tennessee trauma center after she received life-threatening injuries in a car wreck at Mayking Tuesday afternoon. Amy R. Bowling was airlifted to the Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport after her 1997 Hyundai collided with a 2011 Toyota Camry. Bowling was traveling north on U.S. 119 around 12:52 p.m. […]

Big Blue Christmas looks like lump of coal

Kentucky’s basketball season began with a number one ranking and a coach letting the words “40-and-oh” pass from his lips. Two months in, a late game chant from North Carolina students at Dean Dome in Chapel Hill last week: “Over rated! Over rated.” Suddenly, a happy Christmas season for Kentucky fans is looking more like a lump of coal. Big […]

LCC girls escape Cavs, miss at Bell

After a big district win at home Friday night over Jenkins, the Lady Cougars lost 59-43 at unbeaten (5-0) Bell County on Saturday afternoon to even their record at 2-2. The Lady Cougars are on the road tonight (Wednesday) at unbeaten (3-0) Leslie County and then play at 4-1 Breathitt County on Friday night. The Lady Cavs will participate in […]

Childress brings ‘3’ back

What had to be the worst kept secret in all of NASCAR this season was finally announced last week when Richard Childress made it official that he would be bringing the No. 3 back to the Sprint Cup Series, and that his grandson Austin Dillon would be behind the wheel. It will be the first time the number will take […]

LCC wrestlers place

The Letcher County Central High School wrestling team participated in the Johnson Central Classic Wrestling Tournament on Dec. 14. Approximately 15 teams participated in the event. LCC had three fourth-place medalists in the tournament — Logan Fisher, Hunter Holbrook and Ethan Riley. The Cougar wrestling team will compete in the Bobby Bates Classic at the UVA Wise Convocation Center, Dec. […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Simple gifts make best presents

Many fishermen will be looking for some type of fishing-related gear under the tree this year. Over the years I have received many such nice gifts from friends and family. Buying fishing gifts for your angler can be confusing, because there is so much stuff out there. Here are a few gift ideas to make it simple: • Try buying […]

Patience is a virtue, but Cats must grow up soon

We continue to wait for this version of Coach John Calipari’s “kiddie corps” of potential superstars to grow up, as patience is starting to grow thin with some around University of Kentucky basketball circles. Not me, I have the patience of a vulture and I strongly suggest Big Blue Nation and some media friends of mine who cover UK take […]

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