TECO sale fails again

Negotiations for the sale of TECO Coal Company have fallen through for the fifth time in less than a year. The latest collapse in talks between TECO Coal’s parent firm, Tampa, Florida-based TECO Energy, and a potential buyer for its eastern Kentucky and southwestern Virginia coal properties was made public earlier this week in a required filing with the federal […]

Jenkins city officials warn residents: Clean up or else!

Property owners in the City of Jenkins who refuse to keep grass and weeds cut and garbage from piling up around their houses may soon see city workers cutting their yards and cleaning up their property. But the cutting and cleaning won’t be done as a favor to the owner. In fact, it may eventually cause their property to be […]

Pro wrestler Jake ‘The Snake’ tells of drug, alcohol abuse

Professional wrestler Jake “The Snake” Roberts was in Hazard Tuesday evening to talk about his recovery from alcohol and drug abuse. The 60-year-old entertainer, whose birth name is Aurelian Smith Jr., said that at one point in his life he was using cocaine and drinking alcohol every day. After being in and out of rehabili- tation facilities, the World Wrestling […]

UK’s Paintsville signee is sparkle of hope

Sports in Kentucky

Kash Daniel flexing his pipes and a commit to Kentucky football on America’s birthday was as star-spangled-banner natural as Roy Hobbs holding a stick called Wonder Boy. Paintsville-to-Kentucky, Kid Kash is like native sons Joey Couch going to Flagship U. in the Eighties, Tim Couch in the Nineties, Patrick Towles and Drew Barker more recently. How is this commit different? […]

Barnhart touts UK’s success

LEXINGTON Contending for two championships made Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart proud and gave him confidence that his programs will continue to have a presence on the national stage. This year was enjoyable for Barnhart on many fronts. Men’s basketball began a school-best 38-0 before their quest to become the first unbeaten national champion since 1976 ended with a Final […]

Struttin’ Time:

Here’s looking forward to August 15

Country music legend Merle Haggard once had a hit song, “If we make it through December.” For us hunters, it is if we make it until August 15, the start of regular squirrel season. I have been in a state of depression since my last hog hunt in June, wanting things to speed up so I can get back into […]

Kentucky: New rules in place

The Sprint Cup Series will be making its annual stop at Kentucky Speedway for the running of the Quaker State 400 under the lights this Saturday night. Kentucky Speedway is one of a handful of mile-and-a-half tracks that make up the schedule that also include the tracks of Charlotte, Texas, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Kansas, Chicagoland and Homestead-Miami. This group of […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Small fishing baits can pay off big

There are times when fish prefer small bait. Several things cause this, but it’s mostly because the fish are stressed over hot water or air temperatures, heavy fishing pressure, a lot of surface disturbance, fast-changing weather patterns or just because the normal-size shad or minnows in a particular lake are of a smaller size and that is what the fish […]


Questions remain in inspector case

Finally, the Beshear administration is showing a wee bit of curiosity about the corruption in state mine inspections that led to the criminal conviction of former Democratic state Rep. Keith Hall. The Energy and Environment Cabinet responded to questions last week by saying it has asked for a meeting with the FBI in light of what came out during Hall’s […]

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