Volunteers help city’s looks



Four Whitesburg sororities, several downtown businesses and the City of Whitesburg each have helped in bringing flowers back to Main Street. While traveling through Nicholasville last year, Jolinda Wright’s attention was on baskets of flowers instead of eyesores. “I failed to notice all the empty businesses,” said Wright. “I concentrated on the windows and as with a lot of downtowns […]

Divided court takes money from senior center at Fleming



In a surprise move, the Letcher County Fiscal Court voted in a split decision to remove $100,000 in line item funding that had already been allocated to replace or rehabilitate the Boone Fork Senior Citizens Center at Fleming. The action came as the court’s July meeting had wound down to “member concerns.” Fourth District Magistrate Keith Adams then asked about […]

Jenkins man, 52, charged after kitten thrown, killed



Police say a kitten died after it was “body slamed” by an intoxicated Jenkins man. Robert Markham Machniak, 52, of 21 No. 1 Hill, was arrested July 17 by Assistant Jenkins Police Chief Crystal Davis and charged with second-degree cruelty to animals and menacing. The dead kitten belonged to his brother’s girlfriend Kentucky State Police received a complaint that Machniak […]

Jenkins Water System is among state’s best



The state Energy and Environment Cabinet announced this week that the City of Jenkins is the home of one of 61 drinking water treatment plants in Kentucky that consistently produced drinking water in 2013 that exceeded state and federal water quality standards. “ Wow!” Jenkins Mayor G. C. Kincer exclaimed after hearing the news Tuesday afternoon. “That is absolutely wonderful.” […]

LCC archers shoot their way into top eight at world meet



For the second year in a row, the Letcher County Central High School archery team placed eighth at world competition. “We stayed in second place most of the day, but finally ended up in eighth place overall,” said LCCHS Head Archery Coach Mike Sexton. In the fourth year of the LCCHS archery program’s existence, Sexton is pleased that the seven […]

Towns will be fan favorite




A 6-11, 240-pound bundle of man-child talent, Karl Anthony Towns will be 19 years old in November. The kid has the right stuff to be a Kentucky basketball poster boy on a fan-love plateau with Jamal Mashburn, Kyle Macy and the Unforgettables. Gatorade athlete of the year in 2014 and rated the nation’s fifth best high school prospect, Towns is […]

Back to the Brickyard



Long before a Sprint Cup car ever turned a lap at the fabled Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the thought was that the giant track was “off-limits” to stock cars and would always be hallowed ground for the open wheel cars. That line of thinking began to change in the early 1990’s when the popularity of what was once considered the sole […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Beat the heat with wade fishing

We are blessed to have good wade fishing waters close to home and within a short drive of our area . Wade fishing allows the angler to get out of the summer heat and direct sunlight and makes fishing much more enjoyable, and sometimes even more productive. No other form of fishing puts you more one on one with the […]

Struttin’ Time:

When squirrel hunting season was ‘IT’

Once again we have made it to another opening day of squirrel season, I hope. We have been able to go afield on the third Saturday of August — that falls on the 16th this year — every year since I was born, except one when Doug Hensley, our commissioner at the time, changed the season to open the day […]

Letcher County Police Beat



Monday, July 14 • At 9:07 a.m., a Jeremiah man calls the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Office to report that he lost his wallet inside the Isom IGA food store. The man says the store’s personnel have agreed to allow him to view video surveillance to determine who picked the wallet up. He is advised by the sheriff ’s office […]


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