Coal severance tax funding has fallen $2.2 million here

County officials facing serious belt-tightening in new budget

The Letcher County Fiscal Court conducted the first reading of its budget for Fiscal Year 2015-16 amid warnings of the need for extreme belt-tightening because of lowered coal severance receipts. The balanced budget of $9,567,565 is only $310,018 less than last year’s total of $9,877,673. However, Letcher County Treasurer Phillip Hampton warned the court that $1 million is earmarked specifically […]


City to sell old Salyer building

The Whitesburg City Council voted unanimously at its June meeting Tuesday to place the old Salyer Radio Building up for bid. The action came at the suggestion of Dr. John Pellegrini of Whitesburg, who told the council that he and Whitesburg businessman Joel Beverly had discussed the possibility of rehabilitating the structure, which he said may be on the National […]

Gracie Maggard is new principal at Letcher Central

Gracie Walters Maggard has been hired as the new principal of Letcher County Central High School. Maggard, principal of Fleming- Neon Middle School, begins her tenure at LCCHS July 1. Stephen Boggs recently retired as LCCHS principal, a position he has held for the last decade.

Coach leaves LCC for Mississippi job

After coaching baseball at Letcher County Central High School for 10 years, Bryan Dean has accepted a job offer in northeast Mississippi. “He got a really good offer,” said Arthur “Ozz” Jackson, former LCC athletic director. “It’s really too good to pass up.” Dean, 43, has been hired to coach baseball and teach social studies at Columbus High School in […]

Will NCAA really punish Tar Heels?

Sports in Kentucky

North Carolina is officially on the NCAA clock. Respond within 90 days (from May 20) to a 59- page notice of allegations that include accusation of worst offenses: Academic fraud and lack of institutional control. Five major violations Carolina administrators vigorously tried to confine to academic misdeeds and not athletics. What, if any, relevance in Kentucky? Three decades ago, amid […]

Tee ball title holders for 2015

Gabby’s fishing fever

Lure is secret to catching bass now

By GREG “GABBY” CAUDILL The spawn is over and bass are on the move looking for food and cover. Some bass will remain shallow and some will move to deeper, cooler water. This is a transition period for bass between the spawn and the post-spawn. During this period, bass will scatter out all over the lake. Look for active catchable […]

Truex punches ticket

The Sprint Cup schedule is divided into a regular season consisting of the first 26 points-paying races of the season followed by the 10-race Chase portion that eventually crowns the series champion. The “win and you’re in” mentality of the regular season has given more teams the ability to dream of making it into the Chase and in the process […]

Struttin’ Time:

Memories of shooting snakes off road

Watching another hunting and fishing show this week took me back to into “the day.” My mind wondered to my youth and how it use to be when a whole gang of me packed their boats, tents, firearms, food, and drinking water and set out for a week of squirrel hunting or to and fish for catfish at night. How […]

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