Job fair for miners set for Jan. 7



Experienced miners seeking job opportunities will once again have the chance to apply and be interviewed for underground mining jobs with Patriot Coal’s Highland Mine in Western Kentucky at an upcoming job fair in Hazard. Hiring Our Miners Everyday (H.O.M.E.) and the Kentucky Coal Association (KCA) will host the job fair on Tuesday, Jan. 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 […]

Jobless rate is bad, but not worst here in the modern era



While Letcher County has the state’s fourth-highest rate of unemployment, the current state of joblessness here is not as bad as it has been at other times in the modern era. According to statistics released last week by the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, Letcher County’s unemployment rate for November was 15 percent, up from 14.7 percent in October […]

Man held in fatal wreck accused of threatening



An inmate being held in the Letcher County Jail in connection with a fatal traffic accident is facing new charges after he allegedly threatened a deputy jailer and damaged the glass windows of a holding cell. Kelvin Eric Sexton, 31, of Sandlick, beat his aluminum crutch against a jail glass window Dec. 14, according to Letcher County Jailer Don McCall. […]

Woman flees in stolen ARH truck



Police are still looking for a Pike County fugitive who walked out of the Whitesburg hospital on Christmas Eve and left in a hospital pickup truck. Amanda Yonts, 24, of Shelby Gap, was admitted into the Intensive Care Unit of the Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital for a drug overdose, said Whitesburg Police Captain Henry Day. Nurses were aware that Yonts […]

Calipari’s ‘blue mist’ among best of 2013




Reflections. Kentucky 73, Louisville 66. Fans (and CBS) got their money’s worth at Rupp Arena last week. Louisville at Kentucky was entertainment at its delicious best: Adrenaline, antagonistprotagonist (coaches), passion, rise-and-fall drama, more passion, players appreciated the crowd, then “whew, glad that’s over!” joy. For the other side, a few tears, lots of jeers, and a “we got cheated!” rant, […]

Boys leave tourney with 6-6 record



The Letcher County Central Cougars have been busy over the holiday season with back-to-back holiday tournaments — two weeks ago in Gatlinburg, Tenn., and this past week in the eight-team, threeday Pikeville Invitational. After suffering three tough losses in Gatlinburg, the Cougars rallied and took two of three in the Pikeville Invitational to even their record at 6-6. The Cougars […]

Brentwood blasts LCC



The Letcher County Central Lady Cougars participated in the three-game Beech Holiday Tournament, defeating Station Camp, Tenn., 37-35 on Dec. 27, and then falling to Brentwood Academy, Tenn., 52-25 on Dec. 28. The Lady Cougars’ final round was played Dec. 30. The Lady Cougars will very quickly have to get back in the gym to prepare for their next game […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Fish shallow waters even in winter

We had some warmer weather lately that improved fishing for some fish such as largemouth bass and bluegill. However, it might have slowed the bite for smallmouth bass and trout. These fish like the cooler milder weather but will still be fairly active on most lakes. You would be surprised at how these fish will be in shallow water even […]

Rites are held for Cora Minor



Funeral services for Cora Arvenia Minor, 82, of Burdine, were held December 29 at Carty Funeral Home. Burial was in the United Methodist Church Cemetery in Surgionsville, Tenn. A daughter of the late Lloyd Freeman and Goldie Lane and the widow of Earl Minor, she died December 25 in Ringgold, Ga. She was the mother of the late Larry Maggard, […]

Services held for Brenda Stephens



Brenda Kaye Stephens, 61, died December 23 at her home in Berea. Formerly of Mayking, she was a daughter of the late Bennett and Hazel Stallard Holbrook. Surviving are her companion, Bobby Collins; a daughter, Jennifer Reekie of Texas; a son, Brian Stephens of Berea; two brothers, Jack Holbrook of Mayking and Ronald Holbrook of Greenfi eld, Ind.; a sister, […]


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