Cleaning up after vandals



John Stewart (left) and Billy Collins worked for two days recently to repair damages in the Blair Cemetery at Pine Mountain Junction in Whitesburg. The cemetery, one of the county’s oldest, was hit by vandals in June. Appalachian Monument Company owner Rokie Frazier said Stewart and Collins have already used 10 bags of concrete and a gallon of special cement […]

Man, 22, faces 16 indictments after one night of crime



A 22- year- old Cromona man faces 16 felony indictments in connection with a series of burglaries that took place in the Payne Gap area on a single night in June. A related indictment charges a 34-yearold Cromona woman with receiving more than $10,000 of property stolen during the crime spree. Dylan Michael Wright, 22, is named in 16 felony […]

Man charged with selling fake pot that overdoses 3; youth’s condition critical



A preliminary hearing is set for August 14 for a 64-year-old Jenkins man who is accused of selling synthetic marijuana to three people who overdosed on the product over the weekend. During the preliminary hearing in Letcher District Court, Norman L. Monroe, of 106 Smokey Row, is scheduled to answer to charges of first-degree wanton endangerment, possession of synthetic drugs […]

More file for local offices



Whitesburg Mayor James W. Craft and five incumbents of the Whitesburg City Council have filed papers in the Letcher County Court Clerk’s office that will permit them to seek another term. Jimmy Bates, Larry Everidge, Shelia Shortt, Robin Watko and Earlene Williams are running for re-election as council members. Earlene Williams was appointed to the council to finish the term […]

Stoops expects better





The bumpy transition Mark Stoops experienced last season as a rookie head coach with Kentucky has become much smoother entering Year 2. That says something about the Wildcats’ commitment and understanding of the system, and Stoops now expects players to transfer that into on-field execution as they aim for respectability in the tough Southeastern Conference. “Guys have worked extremely hard […]

Cordia case stirs plenty of rhetoric




Quite a flurry of hot rhetoric filled the air around our Commonwealth in recent days, much of it in the aftermath of Cordia High School’s run-in with reality and KHSAA “Supreme Court” decision. The governing body hammered the Knott County school: Ordered it to forfeit last basketball season, shut down its boys’ program for a year and fined the school […]

World Series bound!



Clay Layne (left) and Collier Day (right) are two members of South Lexington Youth Baseball’s 12 year-old All-Star team which recently qualified to compete in the Cal Ripken World Series which will be held in Alachua, Florida from August 6 – August 12. Clay is the son of Tanya Amburgey Layne and Jeff Layne of Lexington. He is also the […]

Struttin’ Time:

Going groundhog hunting with Scotty

I received a call recently from Chuck Puckett, a lifelong friend who lived beside me growing up in McRoberts and made every move that I did. Chuck had read our Struttin’ Time story about how everyone went squirrel hunting downstate and what a big deal it was back in the day. He wanted me to write about another type of […]

Jr. continues great run



Dale Earnhardt Jr. will always be the most scrutinized driver in the Sprint Cup Series because his father just happened to be one of the greatest drivers in the history of the sport. His famous father, the late Dale Sr., was only the second driver in the history of the sport to become a seven-time series champion, and it was […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

It’s time to fish a little bit deeper

During the hot and muggy days of late summer, bass and crappie look for cooler water, meaning they go deeper. When I refer to deeper water, in some cases this may only be a few feet or 20 feet. Hot shallow water has a very low oxygen level. Fish become stressed in this type of area and will not feed […]


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