Miss Kentucky USA crown is ‘dream come true’ for Letcher County native

A 21-year-old Little Cowan native has been crowned Miss Kentucky USA 2014. Destin Kincer, a junior at the University of Kentucky, earned the coveted title around midnight on January 12 at the Ursuline Arts Center in Louisville. “It was like a dream come true honestly,” said Kincer. “I am honored to be the new Miss Kentucky USA and I hope […]

Murder suspect was able to avoid previous charges

Grand jury to hear charges against two held in New Year’s Day stabbing

James R. Huffman IV, the 34-yearold Pike County man accused of wielding the knife used to stab Michael Shane Hogg to death early New Year’s Day, has a long history of violating the law and mostly getting away with it, court records say. In addition to violating conditions imposed upon him after his release on bond from the Pike County […]

Letcher coal production falls to 1.64 million tons

The U.S. coal mining industry will see a modest and short-lived rebound in 2014, driven by more production in Western states after two successive years of declines, according to a government forecast. The Energy Information Administration projected a 36 million ton increase in coal production for the year, to 1.04 billion tons. That’s up 3.6 percent from 2013 figures. Coal […]

Lady Cavs advance in All ‘A’ Tourney

Above, Mercedes Boggs of Jenkins split a pair of Hazard defenders Tori Wells (22) and Brittany Miller (35) during the Lady Cavaliers’ 81-67 win over the Lady Bulldogs in the opening round of the 14th Region All ‘A’ Tournament. Looking on for Hazard is Kelsi Caudill (2). Below, Lady Cavaliers defenders Whitney Creech (5) and Brittany Sexton (2) guarded their […]

Kentucky’s teams still unimpressive in mid-January

Kentucky has 15 games left in regular season, same for Western Kentucky. Louisville has 14. Midschedule impressions from here … KENTUCKY. Halfway through their college careers, John Calipari’s one-and-doners, in light of preseason hype showered on them, have underachieved. Game performance to match preseason No. 1 ranking? One. Defeated Louisville at Rupp Arena. Michigan State and North Carolina aside, Kentucky […]

Letcher leads bear kills

Kentucky hunters took 20 bears during the 2013 bear season that concluded this past December. Seven bears were killed in Letcher County, the most of any county in the expanded 16-county bear zone. This past season also introduced an archery and crossbow season. Both the firearm and archery/crossbow bear seasons received a 10-bear quota for the 2013 seasons for a […]

Letarte to leave Hendrick

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will now be looking for a new crew chief for the 2015 season after Steve Letarte recently announced that he would be leaving the sport in his present position at the end of this season. Letarte will move into the broadcast booth for NBC once coverage of the Sprint Cup season starts in 2015. Letarte is one […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Fish deeper and pray for spring

Most of the fishing in our area is slow right now because of the very cold weather we had early last week. These were the coldest temperatures we have had in many years, and it really put a big slowdown on the fishing. The weather has warmed back up some and the fishing should improve slowly. Most of us are […]

Struttin’ Time:

The thrill of getting the first deer

Moving right along, making stupid mistakes in 2014 (hope I don’t make these stupid mistakes while looking down the barrel at a longbeard). I said last week, this story would be about Hunter Craft. It is about Matthew Craft instead. Well, Matthew is the grandson of two of my favorite people, Richard and Alice Craft of Mayking, and the son […]

Will recent coaching hires help UK football?

Many longtime UK football followers will tell you the Wildcat football team’s best chance at pulling out a winning record and earning a minor bowl bid comes in those years when UK is able crack the win column via the three Commonwealth Stadium “buyout games” and then manage to beat Louisville, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt. A mild upset for a […]

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