NEW QUEEN



Jenkins High School senior Brittany Sexton, escorted by senior Tyler Holbrook, was named Homecoming Queen at last Friday’s game against South Floyd. (Photo by Chris Anderson)

Developer hopes council revisits plan for distillery



The developer of a proposed distillery in Whitesburg hopes city leaders will revisit their decision not to let him make or sell alcohol in a historic downtown building he is leasing from the city. “I don’t see how it can be bad,” said Colin Fultz of Thornton, whose proposal to set up a distillery to produce “higher end” moonshine in […]

Daughter, granddaughter plead guilty to charges in 2012 elder abuse case



A daughter and granddaughter have pleaded guilty to charges of abusing an elderly Neon woman who died in 2012. As caretakers of Mildred Hughes, Teresa Maggard, 53, and Serenna Maggard, 24, confined her in a manner that resulted in pain and suffering. Both women pleaded guilty in Letcher Circuit Court on Sept. 10 to charges of complicity to the abuse […]

Cougars get back to winning ways



The Letcher County Central Cougars ended their two game losing streak with a resounding 47-6 victory over Sheldon Clark. The Cougars hope to improve on their 3-2 record at Somerset (0-5) Friday. The Cougars looked sharp from the opening kickoff on their first road game of the 2014 season. The Cougars defense held Sheldon Clark star running back Brandon Butcher […]

Disbelief over Rex




One can almost hear editorial brain cells bubbling at Sports Illustrated. Plans spinning for the next hot rehab story. Make that a series. Title? How I Lost My Way and Journey back from Bad Behavior. Subjects: – Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson and whatever name Metta World Peace is using these days, and Rex Chapman. Rex Chapman! A thief? On […]

Better than Richmond



One of the most anticipated stops on the entire Sprint Cup schedule is the September race at Richmond International Speedway. The Saturday night short track event is “the” race that finally sets the Chase field that determines which drivers will move on with the opportunity to run for the title over the last 10 races of the season. While there […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Time is finally right for wade fishing

After raining for what seemed like weeks, the weather has at last given us a little break. All the rivers and streams were so muddy and high and swift, it made fishing them all but impossible. But we have had some dry weather the last few days and the creeks and rivers are back to normal levels and are mostly […]

Struttin’ Time:

Some companies just never learn

You would think that companies would learn, but the greed gene is so strong they never do. I’m talking about the firearm makers in this case. Back a year or so ago, when it looked as though new, tougher laws were going to be passed, the price you would pay for firearms almost doubled, as well as the price of […]

Sergent: Budget woes lessen



After a year of trimming down expenditures, Letcher County Public Schools Supt. Tony Sergent says the district’s budget is heading in the right direction. “We’ve come a long way,” Sergent told the Letcher County Board of Education at its meeting Monday night. “We’re slowly but surely turning things around.” Since Sergent was hired as superintendent, nearly $700,000 in expenditures has […]

James Hargis Ison dies at 83



Funeral services for James Hargis Ison, 83, of Isom, were held September 23 at Letcher Funeral Home in Whitesburg. Burial was in the Isom Cemetery. A son of the late Jeff and Hattie Adams Ison, he was a brother of the late Agnes Maggard, Vedis Combs, Danis Ison, Delmus Ison, Betty Breeding and Jeff Ison Jr. He died September 21 […]


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