Grimes pledges to help coal



With Kentucky’s most famous coal operator standing by her side and applauding, U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes charged during a campaign stop in Whitesburg that incumbent Sen. Mitch McConnell has stood by and done nothing while thousands of eastern Kentucky coal mining jobs have been lost because of “overburdensome” regulations that were approved while McConnell, the Senate’s minority leader, […]

Incumbents rule as few voters show up to cast ballots



Most of Letcher County’s current officeholders moved a step closer to another four-year term after Tuesday’s primary election. In one of the most closely watched races, incumbent Property Valuation Administrator Randy Hall defeated Randy Blair by a margin of 792 votes. Blair got 1,633 votes in his second attempt to unseat Hall, while Hall received 2,425 votes. Hall will continue […]

Bike Nite gets permit needed to block street



Organizers of Whitesburg’s monthly “Bike Nite” say they have obtained the permit necessary to continued holding the event on Main Street. Donna Halcomb, spokesperson for the Bike Nite committee said she was handed the permit while visiting the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s District 12 office in Pikeville Tuesday afternoon. “We’re good to go,” Halcomb said, adding that Bike Nite’s next scheduled […]

Trooper cited for his bravery in standoff



A Letcher County native who is an 18-year veteran with the Kentucky State Police has been honored for the bravery he exhibited during an armed standoff with a man in Pulaski County who had shot and killed his wife. KSP Trooper First Class Chris Ison, son of Ronald and Susan Ison of Jeremiah, was awarded a “Citation of Bravery” for […]

Where SEC hoops officials can improve



Now that University of Kentucky Coach John Calipari is resting in the weeks after his team’s special NCAA championship game appearance, it is time for the powers that be in the Southeastern Conference to tweak their officiating crews a tad so they can better understand how to implement the rules of the game and incorporate some plain and simple rationale […]

BIG WINNER



Jarrod Breeding of Isom, owner of 201 Speedway in Johnson County, congratulates super late model driver Tim “T-Mac” McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., after McCreadie won the $10,000 prize awarded to the winner of the second annual World of Outlaws Moonshine Runners 50 race. Also pictured is track promoter Tony Sturgill. (Photo by Brandon Meyer)

Changes for Roush Fenway?



Roush Fenway Racing has had a rich history in the sport of Sprint Cup Racing since the days that it was known as Jack Roush Racing and fielded only one team with driver Mark Martin. That combination was very successful in the sport and it led to the amazing growth of the organization that at one time had five full-time […]

Lady Cavaliers in district final



The Jenkins Lady Cavaliers, the 14th Region’s top softball team during the regular season, advanced to the finals of the 53rd District Tournament with a win Monday with a 21-0 win over Cordia. The game was called on the mercy rule after just three innings. The Lady Cavs were to meet the region’s fifth place team, the Letcher County Central […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Get out and get in on the fun

The bass fishing is really doing well on most every lake in our region. I have had reports about bass being caught on everything from buzz baits and top waters, crank baits and spinners, and worms and jigs. The bass are active off the nest and ready to feed. Most are chasing shad schools and looking for an easy meal, […]

Struttin’ Time:

Hunting slots are filling up fast

It is always good to hear from lifelong friend Raymond “Pap” Brown. Some people that we meet as we make this journey we call life are just too good not to stay friends with, and “Pap” is one of those people. He never misses reading Struttin’ Time, and when he was too ill to read he even had his family […]


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