Big bird



131 turkeys taken so far



Letcher County hunters appear poised to best harvest more wild turkeys than in recent spring hunting seasons. As of April 28, 11 days into the 23-day spring season, hunters here had taken 131 wild turkeys, all but two of them female. With 12 days remaining in the season, hunters in Letcher County are expected to best last spring’s harvest of […]

Postal delivery is getting worse



“The U.S. mail is slowing down.” Those words written this week by Washington Post reporter Lisa Rein come as no surprise to Letcher County residents, especially those who live in the county’s more rural areas. In January the U.S. Postal Service stopped offering overnight delivery for local first-class letters. In response to declining mail volume, service standards have been relaxing […]

At least 81 witnesses expected to testify in Hogg murder trials



Prosecutors are expected to call at least 81 witnesses during the murder trials of two Pike County men accused of stabbing a Letcher County man to death and wounding two others on January 1, 2014. Trial dates for James R. Huffman IV, 33, and Patrick Smith, 28, were set Tuesday for October 5 by Letcher Circuit Judge Sam Wright. Wright […]

Letcher Schools’ ‘robot’ resembles a storyline from popular TV series



Four years after Sheldon Cooper created a Mobile Virtual Presence Device (MVPD) on the television series “Big Bang Theory,” Letcher County Public Schools has a similar robot. Instead of “Shelbot” roaming around Caltech, The Cheesecake Factory and Sheldon’s apartment in Pasadena, Calif., the Letcher district has the cougar bot. The Double telepresence robot provides a way for students with long-term […]

For a ‘name’ Derby pick, try Carpe Diem

Sports in Kentucky

The Kentucky Derby, the most famous two minutes in sports, takes place this Saturday at Churchill Downs in Louisville. My pick for the winner? Carpe Diem across-the-board. Last time I picked a Derby winner Ronald Reagan was still alive, the UConn men and women teams won the NCAA, Tubby Smith was still in Lexington and Smarty Jones would also win […]

Pirates off to 6-3 start



The Fleming-Neon Middle School Pirates defeated Shelby Valley last week to improve its season baseball record to 6 wins and three losses. Fleming-Neon won the game played at Skyview Park at Haymond last Wednesday, 14 to 0, as three pitchers combined to pitch a no-hitter for the Pirates. Eighth-graders John Potter, Hunter Meade and Trevor Hardin threw the no-hit shutout. […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Bass are now hitting at Carr Creek

Several small baits will catch crappie in the spring, including minnows, small tube baits, curly tail grubs, and flies. They even make small spinners and crank baits for crappie. All these baits work well at times, but the one thing most of these baits have in common is they are fished on some type of small jig head. The jig […]

Struttin’ Time:

Local hunting store will reopen soon

After returning from Kansas last week, I realize that my beloved sport of hunting and I are closer to parting ways. I am almost beyond repair, having already driven more than 6,000 miles this year alone to hunt. After taking the most beautiful turkey of my life last week and carrying it from the woods, I now know my hunting […]

Dega’s last chance racing



Richmond was the ninth race on the 36-race Sprint Cup schedule and during this, the first quarter of the season, seven drivers have all but guaranteed themselves a spot in the Chase by posting a win. Kurt Busch’s win in Richmond’s rainidelayed Toyota Owners 400 made him the seventh different driver to visit a victory lane this season with Kevin […]


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