Sheriff Webb says layoffs being forced



Citing steep budget cuts to his office by the Letcher County Fiscal Court, Sheriff Danny Webb has ordered the closing of the sheriff ’s office on evenings and weekends. As a result of the action, the department’s evening dispatchers have been laid off. Webb said employees in his office were notified by county officials on Friday that the sheriff ’s […]

Letcher’s racing brothers have been little noticed



By BEN GISH They are two sets of brothers who rode in — and won — some of the top thoroughbred horse races in America. The four jockeys, two of whom rode in the Kentucky Derby, also have something else common: Each was born and raised in Letcher County, where few people know of the achievements they accomplished on some […]

Couple first to get same-sex marriage license



Letcher County Clerk Winston Meade is among the majority of Kentucky’s county clerks who are honoring the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling last week that legalizes gay marriage across the U.S. Since the ruling was handed down last Friday, the Letcher County Clerk’s Office has issued one marriage license to a same-sex couple. McRoberts residents Mona Lisa Marie Burke, 37, and […]

KHSAA should beware of mascot changes

Sports in Kentucky

A pick-up truck swung smartly across two lanes into a service station in Hardin County. Planted firmly in its bed was a huge flag, the Confederate stars-and-bars. All way to Kentucky, tragedy in Charleston, South Carolina touches our lives one way or another. That state’s governor Nikki Haley’s idea to move the rebel flag from capital grounds in Columbia into […]

LSU’s new radio ‘voice’ has strong Letcher ties



A man with strong Letcher County ties will be the next “voice” of Louisiana State University radio broadcasts LSU Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva announced over the weekend that Chris Blair, currently the voice of Georgia Southern University athletics, has been named as the next “Voice of the Tigers” beginning with the 2016 LSU baseball season. Blair, […]

Struttin’ Time:

Early summer lonely time for hunters

I am a lonely soul as I am writing this edition of Struttin’ Time. When I am not hunting I am thinking of hunting, or so says Jim Shocky, one of my favorite hunters. That is the way it is with me. As far as I know, there are no states where any hunting season of any kind is open […]

NBC’s coverage will begin



When the final lap went off the board on Sunday at Sonoma, it signaled the end of FOX’s Sprint Cup coverage for the 2015 season. FOX’s coverage begins each season with all of the action coming from Daytona’s Speedweeks and continues for the first 16 races. The race was also the last time that Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Larry […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Plastic worms, shallow and deep

Bass are deeper and using cover to hold on to, meaning you need baits that are made to fish these types of areas. One of the best baits you can use is the plastic worm. This bait is very versatile and is at home in shallow and deeper water. Right now the bass are deeper because of the high temperatures […]

Daytona offers American flags in exchange program



DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. Daytona International Speedway will not ban the Confederate flag from track property this weekend, but will offer the American flag to those who wish to fly it on property. Daytona President Joie Chitwood said Tuesday the speedway will offer an exchange program in which fans can trade a flag for the American flag. Daytona hosts NASCAR races […]

Calipari says Confederate flag should be taken down



The Associated Press LEXINGTON Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari believes Confederate flags should be taken down. During a Southeastern Conference coaches conference call earlier this week, Calipari said that “obviously, it offends a portion of our society, so people are deciding to take them down. That’s how I feel. It may offend, so I’d say do it.” Calipari asked a […]


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