Ex-deputy to get 5 years; prosecutor: ‘no probation’

Former Letcher County sheriff ’s deputy Brian Damron will serve five years in prison with no chance of parole or probation under a plea agreement reached Tuesday in Letcher Circuit Court. Damron, who was second-incommand at the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Office until last October, pleaded guilty to six counts of receiving stolen property and one count of theft by […]

Alpha mines are expected to be bought

Coal producer Alpha Natural Resources Inc. is expected to sell its mining operations in the Cumberland River area of Letcher County to Revelation Energy LLC, a West Virginia company. Alpha last week told 292 workers in Kentucky and Virginia that it “may sell substantially all of the assets of the mining operations where these employees work.” Alpha gave the notice […]

Grand jury returns 15 indictments

Fifteen people are named in indictments by the Letcher County Grand Jury including a man charged with manslaughter. The grand jury says Robert A. Walker, 38, of 672 Millstone Rd., Millstone, was driving while having an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more. He is charged with losing control of the automobile and dropping off the highway before striking a culvert. […]

Football coach has plan to stop bullying

Sports in Kentucky

Kevin Siple, head football coach at Grant County High School in Williamstown, shared his point of view on bullying the other day via the Internet. An edited excerpt: “… I feel very strongly that students are the only ones who can change this epidemic problem in our schools. It must become cool to be kind to all kids and defend […]

Busch celebrates Kentucky win

Don’t forget about groundhog hunts

Struttin’ Time:

With each passing hour we get closer to the day we can hunt again, at daylight on August 15. As I was taking a trip down Memory Lane I remembered something that made this old hunter’s heart skip a beat — the days of groundhog hunting. Although we hunted with dogs, my neighbor and friend Ervin Puckett would take me […]

Now chasing ‘The Chase’

One way to look at NASCAR’s Sprint Cup season is that it is definitely a marathon that runs from February to March, but when you take a closer look it’s a short sprint preceded by regular season that for most teams is not long enough to get the job done. When the checkered flag waved Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway, […]

Deep diving crank baits catch bass

Gabby’s fishing fever

When the weather gets hot the bass will move deeper to cooler water and you need a bait that will run down to these deeper depths. The deep diving crank bait is custom made for this. These baits have a special larger bill on the front of them that allows the bait to catch more water and force the bait […]

10 charged with failure to pay up

The Letcher County Grand Jury has named ten people in indictments on charges of flagrant non-support of their minor children. They are: • Terry Lee Slone, 33, of 756 KY Hwy. 1148, Isom, who was also charged with being a persistent felony offender. In a separate indictment, Slone was charged with flagrant non-support and with being a persistent felony offender. […]

Why is GOP field so big?

WASHINGTON Who yelled “everybody into the pool?” After all the candidate announcements, after all the speculation about who’d go first and who’s yet to jump in, one question remains in this summer BEFORE the election year: Why are so many Republicans running for president? Surely, the soon-to-be-17 announced GOP candidates don’t all think they will become president. But it’s easy […]

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