IT’S OFFICIALLY THEIR MONTH



The Letcher County Board of Education was honored Monday night as part of “School Board Recognition Month.” Pictured from left are Mendy Boggs, Terry Cornett, Robert Kiser, Dr. Sam Quillen Jr., Will Smith and Supt. Tony Sergent. (Photo by Sally Barto)

Smith gets nod to lead Letcher board for 2014



“Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.” These well-known lyrics from British rock band The Who do a good job of describing action taken by the Letcher County Board of Education at its January meeting Monday night. One year after the board shocked many observers by selecting two newly-elected members to serve as its chairman and vice chairman, […]

59 candidates meet filing deadline for county offices



Fifty-six candidates have filed to run for Letcher County offices in the May election. The deadline to file was 4 p.m. on Tuesday (Jan. 28). The offices of county judge/executive, sheriff, county attorney, jailer, county clerk, coroner, property valuation administrator, magistrates and constables will be on the ballot for the primary election. Below is a complete list of candidates: Letcher […]

Spring break is shortened by 3 days in county system



Unless students in the Letcher County school system miss more days, May 22 will be the last day of school for the 2013-14 year. The Letcher County Board of Education decided Monday night to shorten spring break by three days in an effort to keep students from attending classes in June. “The reason we want to do it early is […]

College hoops not so popular elsewhere




A Harris Poll told us last week that college basketball not only ranks last among America’s favorite sports, but is favorite sport of only three percent in USA. Adolph Rupp just turned over and groaned. But, here in God’s meadow where Kentuckians boast back-to-back national championships, we know better. And last weekend provided us a few gems to savor. • […]

Cougars set to meet PCC after two-overtime loss



Weather permitting, the 12-8 Cougars will host Perry County Central tomorrow night, Jan. 30, in a game rescheduled from Jan. 23. The Commodores, 14-4 and ranked 24th in the state this week, will be led by All-State sophomore guard Braxton Beverly and 6-7 senior All-Stater Justin Johnson. The Cougars visit Jenkins Friday evening and the play 5-14 Lee County Saturday […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

It’s a fun time to fish, but be safe

This is the time of year to fish a little slower and a little deeper than you do in the warmer weather. There are plenty of baits that work good in this cooler type of weather. Baits like jigs and tube baits and baits that can be worked slow and deeper will do best. Fishing will be slower and tougher […]

Struttin’ Time:

You just know that some ‘have it’

You know in this life we make friends that are with us for a lifetime, although we sometimes lose track of them along the way. We look at the people we meet and say, they are going to be extra smart, and will be a doctor someday, or they are going to be a street cleaner. That is just human […]

Weather halts showdown



Monday night’s scheduled showdown between the top two girls’ teams in the 14th Region was postponed and rescheduled for mid-February. The Lady Cougars, winners of nine of their last 10, supplanted the Lady Commodores as the top team in the region in this week’s Herald-Leader poll. The Lady Cougars begin a three- game home stand with tonight’s visit by Central […]

Job fair planned



Experienced miners will have the opportunity 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 Wednesday, Feb. 5, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Kentucky Career Center JobSight, […]


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