Teen pleads innocent in baby’s death



A teenager charged with killing a four-month-old baby entered a not guilty plea during arraignment in Letcher Circuit Court Tuesday. The indictment naming Keaston Allen Taylor, 17, of 34 Turner Drive, Whitesburg, became public February 10 when Taylor appeared in circuit court with his defense attorney, William Lewis Collins. Before Tuesday, Taylor was treated as a juvenile and all matters […]

Report on prison is ready



An Economic Impact Statement ( EIS) required before a federal prison can be constructed in Letcher County is now complete and will be available for public viewing beginning Friday (February 13). In announcing the publication of the impact statement, the federal Bureau of Prisons also announced that a public meeting will be held in Whitesburg next month to give local […]

District’s top spellers compete here, one advances



SPELLING BEE PARTICIPANTS — Pictured from left are Hannah Caudill, an eighth grader at Cowan Elementary School; Emma Quillen, a fifth grader at Martha Jane Potter Elementary School; Taylor Sturgill, an eighth grader at Fleming-Neon Middle School; Nikole Lee, an eighth grader at Letcher Middle School; Jessica Boggs, an eighth grader at Whitesburg Middle School; Ava Burton, a fifth grader […]

TECO drops price $30M



With coal markets continuing to weaken, TECO Energy Inc. has cut its asking price for TECO Coal Company from $170 million to $140 million. The $30 million price decrease was made public last week when TECO Energy announced it has entered into a second amendment of its October 2014 agreement with Cambrian Coal Corporation, a member of the Booth Energy […]

Remember Phi Slama Jama, ’66 Cats?




Kentucky: Number one in America unplugged, kinda, sorta. Karl Anthony Townes logged 31 warrior minutes at Florida … Willie Cauley-Stein threw down a “wow ‘em” dunk (counted two points) … Aaron Harrison swished a pair of clutch shots from distance to scuttle a rally … and the Wildcats made 21 of 22 free throws. Good stuff, right? Good individual stuff. […]

Getting back on track



This coming Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway, the rather short NASCAR winter comes to an end as the 2015 season will kick off with the running of the Sprint Unlimited. It doesn’t count as one of the 36 pointspaying races that make up the Sprint Cup schedule, but with its unique format it is one of the most anticipated […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Pikeville to host boat and RV show

As long as I can remember I have been going to boat and RV shows this time of year. I have been to several states to these shows over the years, but most have been in Kentucky. I remember for years going to the boat show in Hazard at the Pavilion. This was a great place to have the show […]

Struttin’ Time:

Knowing who your true friends are

My father used to tell me when I was growing up, “Son, you sometimes need to get taken, or spend some money, to find someone out. Whether it be someone you just want to help or a true friend, sooner or later you will find them out. But then again, it may not cost you anything.” Over the years I […]

No. 1 Kentucky survives again; beats LSU 71-69





Frustrated by the way his undefeated Kentucky Wildcats were playing, coach John Calipari told them he hoped they’d lose. They almost did. But Karl-Anthony Towns redeemed himself after drawing a technical foul for hanging on the basket and the ire of his coach by hitting a go-head jump hook with 1:30 left and grabbing a clutch offensive rebound against LSU […]

LCC boys have shot at 20 wins



The Letcher Central Cougars take a surprising 15-10 record into the final week and a half of the regular season with a real chance to post a 20-win season for the first time in several years. More importantly, the Cougars have the coveted second seed in the upcoming 53rd District Tournament, hosted by the Cougars, that begins the week of […]


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