Eugene Ballou, 46, of Bill Moore Branch, told police he was distracted while talking to a woman on his cellphone Monday afternoon when his pickup truck hit a power pole in downtown Jenkins, said Jenkins Police Chief Jim Stephens. Power was out in the downtown area until around 8 p.m. on November 3, Stephens said. (Photo courtesy Chad Anderson)

Craft reelected, Kincer defeated in mayoral races

City races drew more attention than county, federal elections

Incumbent Whitesburg Mayor James W. Craft defeated two challengers in Tuesday’s general election, while incumbent Jenkins Mayor G.C. Kincer Jr. found a race with five opponents too much to overcome. Craft defeated Whitesburg dentist David Narramore and Letcher County Central High School Band Director Jason Griffith, while Kincer lost narrowly to former Jenkins City Manager Todd Depriest in the two […]

District must buy buses

Letcher Schools Supt. Tony Sergent said the district must purchase more new buses to replace older buses. Seven school buses that are 15 years or older are part of the 52- bus fleet that hauls Letcher County students to and from school each weekday. “ We budgeted $ 200,000, but after looking at our bus situation we felt like that […]

8th graders finish 2nd in Kentucky

The Letcher County Middle School Cougars football team is Kentucky Middle School Football Association’s (KMSFA) 8th Grade Division 3 State Runner up. “It was a lot of fun,” said LCC Middle School Head Coach Junior Matthews. “The kids had a ball. We had to beat some pretty good teams to get out of the region.” The Cougars beat Caldwell County […]

High school finale

Letcher County Central High School won its regular season finale at Breathitt County last Friday. Above, quarterback Zane Blair discussed strategy with Coach Mike Holcomb. Below, Blair, who also serves as kicker, battled the elements. More information appears in Section B. (Photos by Brandon Meyer)


Shooting match set for Nov. 9

A shooting match will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 9, at the American Legion. Straight guns only, no barrels over 36 inches, no scopes, no peep sites. All guns will be checked before each match. The match is sponsored by the Sons of the American Legion. For more information, call 634-1459 or 633-2834.

Oral history group tells scary stories


Sorry I didn’t have a column last week. Didn’t find time to write so some of this week is carried over from a couple of weeks back. Hope all the children had a fun Halloween and got lots of goodies. The candy given out at the Blackey Community Center was a big success, and many brought their children to get […]

Minerva Yonts and friends come for visit

Cowan Creek

No trick-or-treaters at my house. Guess I should have been home earlier. Too bad the weather was so cold. Hope our little ones didn’t get sick from the change. Carolina Rayne missed her first Halloween by coming down with a virus. Thanks for all the prayers; she is feeling a little better. Minerva Yonts along with her friends Marty, Shirley […]

Muskellunge return to Floyd Co.

Muskellunge have returned to Dewey Lake in Floyd County. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has stocked 500 muskies measuring 13 inches apiece in the lake. While the lake is not slated to receive annual stockings of this species, department personnel will add muskellunge when excess fish are available from state hatcheries. Dewey Lake was once home to […]

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