Layoffs could leave only one full-time deputy on the road



With county government’s latest budget cuts set to remain in place, the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department is expected to reduce its on-the-road police force from as many as five deputies to only one full-time deputy. The latest news concerning the expected layoffs came this week when Letcher County Sheriff Danny Webb and other members of his department spoke at […]

Woman tears off ankle monitor, is now on run



Police are looking for a Whitesburg woman who apparently removed her electronic monitoring device after being placed on home incarceration. Regina Yates, 27, of 78 Cornelia Ave., is accused of stabbing her 39-year-old husband Stacy Yates at their residence in the Upper Bottom neighborhood around 11:30 p.m. on July 2. Stacy Yates underwent emergency surgery at the University of Kentucky […]

‘Nerdy’ Letcher woman now fights professionally in UFC



Blackey native Jessamyn “The Gun” Duke is living her dream competing against other professional mixed martial artists in the women’s bantamweight division of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). “When you get opportunities, you take them and that’s just how I was raised,” said Duke. “That’s the kind of place where I grew up. When I did get thrown out into a […]

Alpha’s stock is ‘delisted,’ shares fall below 10 cents



Shares of coal producer Alpha Natural Resources have been delisted from the New York Stock Exchange. The Bristol, Virginia-based company, which has extensive holdings in Letcher County, said its shares were suspended by the NYSE because of their low price. The stock last traded at 24 cents. Alpha Natural Resources Inc. shares are now trading over the counter, where they […]

UK doesn’t impress at SEC Media Days

Sports in Kentucky

Uncanny the things that have bedeviled football at University of Kentucky since legendary coach Bear Bryant left for Texas A&M in 1953. At last week’s SEC Media Days in Hoover, Alabama, UK Coach Mark Stoops did not emphasize one of his highly-ranked recruiting classes coming on line or show optimism for eight home dates. Instead, Stoops repeated the same lines […]

Eldora Speedway’s NASCAR truck race is now a top event




ROSSBURG, Ohio As the sun came up over Eldora Speedway, track general manager Roger Slack carefully debated a contract with the head of the World Racing Group. Heavy rains had wreaked havoc on the schedule for the 32nd running of the Kings Royal, and the prestigious sprint car race didn’t end until 4:30 a.m. Sunday. But at least 15,000 fans […]

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Going outdoors? Yellowjackets await

If you’ll remember, I tried earlier to get Struttin’ Time readers to pay my way for a white elk hunt. For some reason, I never heard from anyone. Oh well, it was worth a try! As you know, I went groundhog hunting last week but nearly had a stroke in the woods because it was so hot. In addition, the […]

Back to the Brickyard



The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be making its annual visit to Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend for the running of the Crown Royal 400. Even though the series only makes one stop each season at the giant 2-1/2 mile oval, the race is definitely one of the crown jewel events on the entire schedule. NASCAR held a tire test […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Rains bring misery to fishermen

Hard rains caused many of our creeks to flow out of their banks last week, which in turn left many of our lakes muddy and nasty. When situations like this happen, it is very hard to find and catch fish. Most fish will move to deeper and cleaner areas of the lake. The baitfish will too. If you do go […]

‘Broadband’ plans hailed at SOAR meeting



MCKEE, Ky. Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, cochairs of SOAR, announced a groundbreaking date for the high-speed, high-capacity broadband project, KentuckyWired (also known as the Super I-way) that will bring access to every county in the state upon completion. Plans are underway for a celebration August 31 with further details to be announced later, according to a […]


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