Main Street store to close after 16 months of ‘breaking even’



Kae Fisher wishes she had a dollar for every person who has walked into her small general store located in downtown Whitesburg and said, “You have a little bit of everything,” and then walked out the door without buying anything. This is just one of the many thoughts Fisher ponders as the final closing of Railroad Street Mercantile — the […]

Sheriff ’s deputy fired after guns found missing



A Letcher County sheriff ’s deputy has been fired as the result of an investigation into evidence found missing from the property room located inside the sheriff ’s office. According to Sheriff Danny Webb, Brian Damron, 38, was formally relieved of his duties as the department’s operations lieutenant January 15 after an internal investigation found that Damron removed six department-owned […]

Wright thought hard about decision to seek new office



Letcher Circuit Judge Sam Wright has decided to seek a seat on the state’s highest court. One of seven seats on the Kentucky Supreme Court became vacant earlier this month when former Justice Will T. Scott of Pikeville resigned before announcing his intent to run for the Republican nomination for governor. A nominating commission will select three names from those […]

Top-ranked UK survives Vandy, 65-57





Kentucky twin guards Aaron and Andrew Harrison combined for 11 points down the stretch that were key in helping the top-ranked Wildcats hold off pesky Vanderbilt 65-57 on Tuesday night. The Wildcats (18-0, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) didn’t lead by double digits until early in the second half, and that 45-33 advantage lasted briefly as the Commodores (11-7, 1-4) began answering […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Curly tail grub is very underrated

One of the best fish-catching baits there is is the curly tail grub, and this is also one of the leastused baits. A lot of anglers have grubs in their tackle boxes but do not fish them much. The grub is not a big, flashy bait like a crank bait or spinner or buzz bait. It is a very simple […]

Schedule gets new look



The 2015 Sprint Cup schedule will still begin at Daytona in February with a total of 36 point races plus the All-Star race and not end until November at Homestead- Miami. The schedule does not contain stops at any new tracks, but the road from Daytona to Homestead will take a new path as there have been several changes to […]

Struttin’ Time:

Ammunition for wild turkey season

With each nice day we have here in January it reminds me, hunting season gets that much closer. Last week we talked about getting things ready for our spring turkey season, but I got several replies that not one time did I mention ammunition. I either forgot, or better yet, I thought for sure we all know to have our […]

Lady Cougars edge Pikeville, now 10-7



The Lady Cougars outlasted visiting Pikeville 41-39 on January 15 to improve their record to 10-7. LCCHS, still trying to recover from the loss of senior forward Kim Meade two weeks before, struggled on both ends of the court. LCCHS got off to a fast start with senior guard Cheyanne Stidham scoring her 1,000th career point on the first basket […]

Boys defeat Crusaders, get blasted by Patriots



There was an ample supply of heroes in Letcher County Central’s 72-69 district win January 16 over the visiting Crusaders of June Buchanan School. In avenging their 35-34 loss at JBS on Jan. 6, the Cougars evened their district record at 2-2 and tied with the Crusaders for the important second spot behind Knott County Central in the district standings. […]

Conway touts his fight against power company in campaign stop here



Attorney General Jack Conway kicked off his gubernatorial campaign last week with a three-day tour in eastern Kentucky. During his stop in Whitesburg, at Icing on the Cake on Jan. 14, Conway told a group mostly consisting of Letcher County politicians that many of them including Letcher County Judge/ Executive Jim Ward had “been awfully good to me.” “Jim’s going […]


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