Tempers flare at court meeting after man’s motives questioned



Renewal projects in downtown Whitesburg and bridges out in the county were among the topics that took up most of the of the time during the June meeting of the Letcher County Fiscal Court. Whitesburg physician John Pellegrini approached the court with a suggestion that the old Whitesburg Post Office, now the Letcher County Tourism Center, be declared surplus and […]

Jenkins man asked officer if she would accept bribe, court documents charge



A Jenkins man has been charged with attempting to bribe a lawenforcement officer after police say they found nearly $5,000 cash and more than 1,000 pain pills in a hidden room in a house located on High Street. Phillip R. Tackett, 42, of 160 High Street, is accused of trying to buy off Assistant Jenkins Police Chief Crystal Davis when […]

Indictments charge 16



Three men have been indicted by the Letcher County Grand Jury charged with receiving property stolen from the Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department in April. Charles M. Osborne, 20, of 7924 Hwy. 1195, Eolia, is charged with complicity to theft by unlawful taking with Gary A. Sharp II and/or Daniel Ross of property belonging to the fire department, criminal complicity […]

Prosecutor explains why Damron wasn’t arrested



The special prosecutor assigned to the case of a former Letcher County sheriff ’s deputy accused of stealing guns and money says he doesn’t ask that defendants be arrested on indictment warrants unless that defendant is a flight risk or a threat of violence. Pike Commonwealth’s Attorney Rick Bartley said former sheriff ’s lieutenant Brian Damron, 38, of Jenkins, didn’t […]

Are Wildcats the Yankees of NCAA?

Sports in Kentucky

Indiana is a basketball state. Kentucky isn’t. Hard to swallow isn’t it, living this side of the Ohio River? The Hoosier high school all-star boys swept another pair from its Kentucky Kousins last weekend. Is 13 in a row and 92nd in 134 games dating to 1939. Last time Kentucky won a game in this series, the U.S. government was […]

Latest boar hunt really was ‘wild’ one

Struttin’ Time:

I got a call from an outfitter inviting me to hunt two of the wildest boars he had ever seen. Two other groups of hunters had tried, and both had failed. Score the two wild boars two, hunters zero. The weather had cooled somewhat and thunderstorms were expected, so I told him we would be there, my trusted hunting buddy […]

Gatlin gets Coeburn win



COEBURN, Va. Lance Gatlin picked up his first NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock victory of the season Saturday at Lonesome Pine Raceway. Kres VanDyke set fast time in qualifying, but opted to make adjustments to his No. 15 prior to the race and start at the rear of the field. Gatlin inherited the pole starting position and elect […]

Rainy day strategy failed



Sunday at Michigan International Speedway, all 43 crew chiefs sitting on top their war wagons found themselves having to become weathermen. Michigan has long been considered a fuel mileage track that puts added pressure on every call made by the crew chief, but on Sunday the pressure was taken to the next level as the crew chief also had to […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Get out and get that big bluegill!

In the past few weeks the bluegill fishing has been great. I have caught some of the biggest bluegill that I have caught in some time, both in the states of Kentucky and Georgia. But there were some things that were the same on several lakes that led to finding and catching some nice size bluegill. One was to fish […]

At its best, county is ‘wonderful place’



To the Editor: Week before last saw the passing of Jean Ritchie, eastern Kentucky’s greatest traditional folksinger, at the age of 92. I would not have come to Letcher County 50 years ago had it not been for reading in college her wonderful “Singing Family of the Cumberlands” and Harry M. Caudill’s great “Night Comes to the Cumberlands”. Appalshop’s 39th […]


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