State now fixing roads damaged by harsh winter



State highway workers have started patching potholes this week on U.S. 119 between Partridge and Jenkins, which is the most heavily traveled road in Letcher County. A maintenance crew on Monday began pouring hot mix asphalt on potholes located from mile point zero to mile point 27 on US 119. Work on Pine Mountain is expected to take three days […]

All schools will dismiss on June 5



June 5 is the last day of the current school year for students in both the Jenkins and Letcher County school districts. Because of bad winter weather, Letcher County Public School students missed 27 days of classes and Jenkins Independent students missed 23 days. The Letcher County Board of Education canceled spring break and the Jenkins Independent Board of Education […]

Nation’s top arts official will visit Jenkins and Whitesburg



National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu will visit Whitesburg and Jenkins on April 14. Her visit will focus on the importance of the arts in creating livable communities and contributing toward economic and community development. Chu will begin her visit to Kentucky on April 13 in Lexington where she will meet with local NEA grantees and Kentucky […]

In the end, Calipari was outcoached



Since it wasn’t nine (titles) at University of Kentucky, the number this week is 157. Calendar days since the Wildcats weren’t playing somewhere. Dollars lost to UK and local 40-0 tee-shirt profit hopefuls, millions. 2 . 38-1 team legacy? See the Ended-in-Heartbreak shelf alongside Unforgettables (1992), Rupp’s Runts (1966) and Hagan-Ramsey- Tsioropoulos unbeatens (1954). Special, but find game result in […]

Dortmund is Derby pick




Step right up, American Pharoah. Final rehearsal’s a few days away, and it’s time to see whether you or your dance partner, Dortmund, will be the Kentucky Derby favorite. Dortmund proved there’s little doubt he’s No. 1 again on the AP’s latest Run to the Roses Top 10 Kentucky Derby list following a commanding 4-1/4-length win in the Santa Anita […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Things to remember while river fishing

The rivers are starting to look pretty good in our area. We have had quite a bit of rain that has muddied the rivers at times, but they clear back up in a few days. We are blessed to have some decent river- and stream fishing in our general area. Most of these rivers and streams can be fished by […]

Struttin’ Time:

Two turkeys at once in Florida hunt!

When we left each other last week, we had gotten our wild boar in San Mateo, Florida and were heading northwest toward Archer, a small town 19 miles west of Gainesville, home of the Florida Gators. I had to cover my license tags, for fear of someone shooting me because the Kentucky Wildcats had beaten them three times this season […]

Early season highs, lows



This past weekend was the first open date on the Sprint Cup schedule and for many teams and organizations it was a welcomed event. Not every team has gotten off to the start that it envisioned when it loaded its haulers and headed for Daytona to begin the season while others would rather keep racing because of the great starts […]

Can AT&T do more to stop robocalls?



The Associated Press WASHINGTON Jeri Vargas put her elderly mother on the “Do Not Call” list years ago. So why is the 88-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s disease still getting several recorded phone calls a day pitching her everything from vacation cruises to medical alert devices and fire extinguishers? The Federal Communications Commission has been asked to consider the question of […]

Letcher Co. Police Beat



Tuesday, April 7 • At 11:05 a.m., the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Office is asked to send a deputy to the Double Kwik self-service market at Ermine, where a woman as locked her keys up in a red Ford Explorer at Pump No. 1. Monday, April 6 • At 6:33 p.m., sheriff ’s deputies are dispatched to Log House Branch, […]


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