LETCHER COUNTY BEAUTY



The winter beauty of Bad Branch Falls was frozen in place last week after subzero temperatures enveloped the region. (Photo by Sydney Long)

Jobs discussion results in officials exchanging barbs



A special meeting of the Letcher County Fiscal Court turned controversial late last week when Judge/ Executive Jim Ward accused District Two Magistrate Terry Adams of voting against bringing new jobs to Letcher County. At the same time, Ward declined to name the company that is interested to locating on county-owned property at Isom. The business makes wood pellets that […]

Prosecutors want results of phone search kept quiet



Prosecutors have filed a motion asking that information found during a search of the cellular phone owned by accused murderer Patrick Smith be sealed “until such a time as an indictment is returned by the grand jury or this case is otherwise disposed of.” “ This matter has been bound over to the grand jury and further investigation is ongoing,” […]

New coach needed – again



Letcher County Central High School is without a head football coach once again. After coaching one season at LCC, Mike Holcomb has announced his retirement effective Jan. 1. Holcomb, who coached at Breathitt County High School for 30 years, was the fourth head coach to lead the LCC football program in five years. The Cougars were 4- 7 under Holcomb’s […]

Elam, Justice make best moves for them




That Super Bowl thing … what was that? Television commercials, $4 million per for 60 seconds? Some heist. First play in third quarter, across America we could hear TV remotes clicking to The Beatles special on CNN. This week: For one day, one news cycle, followed by marathon analysis, college football flies above college basketball’s road to the final four. […]

LCC girls edge Jenkins, fall by three in Wise Co.



After a slew of postponed and/ or rescheduled games over the past few weeks, the Letcher County Central Lady Cougars lost at home 46-43 to southwest Virginia power Central High School of Wise County Jan. 29. With the Cordia boys’ team playing last week in the All “A” Classic in Frankfort, the Cordia girls’ game at LCCHS Jan. 31 was […]

Boys drop 3, then rebound



Over the past week, the Letcher County Central Cougars have weathered a tough part of their schedule with late January games against three of the top four teams in this region. After losing badly on Jan. 20 at 11th- ranked Knott County Central, LCC then lost in double overtime to Cordia at home on Jan. 23. Next, the Cougars were […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Smallmouth bass like cold weather

Cold weather is when a lot of anglers do their best smallmouth bass fishing. The key to a successful trip is to pick a lake with a good winter smallmouth reputation. Lake Cumberland, Laurel River Lake, Dale Hollow Lake, and Cave Run Lake in Kentucky and Cherokee and Norris lakes in Tennessee are a few where smallmouth remain active during […]

Struttin’ Time:

A full investigation is still needed

Well as I’ve said here before, this world has gone crazy, and a chuckle once a week from Struttin’ Time doesn’t seem to help much to pull us from the doom and gloom that takes over our everyday lives. I promise we will keep trying though. In June 2013, we broke the story about how the Kentucky Department of Fish […]

White House honors Sexton



Chris Sexton, a former Letcher County coal miner who has retrained and re-entered the workforce with help from the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program’s (EKCEP) Hiring Our Miners Everyday (H.O.M.E.) jobs initiative, was publicly recognized at a forum on longterm unemployment at the White House on Jan. 31. Sexton was invited to the “Opportunity for All: Ready to Work” forum […]


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