Jury says two used names of dead to get loans



The Letcher County Grand Jury has named nine people in 25 felony indictments, including two women charged with fraudulently obtaining loans from the payday lender for which they worked. Christy Lee Sexton, 38, of 357 Cleo Loop, Mayking, is charged in each of 14 indictments with theft by deception, criminal possession of a forged instrument and unlawful access to a […]

Mark the old WHS campus ‘sold’



Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation (MCHC) officially owns the former Whitesburg High School campus. MCHC Chief Executive Offi- cer L.M. “Mike” Caudill (right) and Letcher County Board of Education Chairman Will Smith (left) signed the deed for the property Tuesday morning. Caudill presented a cashier’s check for $427,673 to Smith. Caudill said the former WHS science building will be renovated for […]

Letcher board raises dropout age back to 18



The dropout age for Letcher County Central High School students has been increased to 18. Last year, 16-year-old students were allowed to withdraw from high school after having met with the principal, completed a counseling session in the superintendent’s office, provided written notice of withdrawal from parent, and completed a dropout questionnaire. In another change to the Letcher County Public […]

‘Trap games’

Sports in Kentucky

August is for college football optimists, with plenty of what if’s and schedule comparisons. Six Saturdays from the Kentucky Wildcats’ opener, the first sentence in the last press release ought to include this caution from former UK quarterback Freddie Maggard (1989-91): Louisiana-Lafayette is a trap game. The Internet publication Bleacher Report is floating the idea of UK conquering Auburn on […]

LCC archers impress



The Letcher County Central High School archery team finished in 15th place overall at the National Archery in the Schools Program World Tournament in Tennessee. “We shot a lot better score this year,” said Mike Sexton, LCCHS head archery coach. “The competition is getting a lot tougher. We didn’t end up as high on the leader board.” Lakelyn Cole, an […]

McRoberts girl, 12, ranked 8th-best in U.S. after her first year in the sport



A 12-year-old McRoberts girl recently placed twelfth in a world archery tournament in Nashville. Abigail Howard, a first-year archer for Martha Jane Potter Elementary School, is the only Letcher County grade school archer to qualify for the National Archery in the Schools Program World Tournament in Nashville, which was held June 23 and June 24. Abigail, pictured here with her […]

‘Silly season’ doesn’t exist at Hendrick Motorsports



The calendar is just about to turn over to August and if you have been a fan of the sport for any length of time then you know that August is the “unofficial” beginning of the sport’s Silly Season. Now the Silly Season consists of all of the rumors that are circulating around the Cup garage about changes that may […]

Struttin’ Time:

‘Hunting for a (very big) striper’!

After weeks of being bitten by bugs, stung by a swarm of yellow jackets, dealing with the humidity, the heat and the rain and not finding one groundhog, I decided it was time to change gears. After all, I was only trying to fill in some time between the end of spring turkey hunting season and the opening day of […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Get out your topwater baits now

Bass can be found shallow and near the surface under certain conditions now, usually early in the mornings, late at night and during low light conditions. During these times, bass move shallow under the shade of darkness and look toward the surface to feed on shad and minnows. This is a great time to use top water baits including the […]

Jenkins schools open with a ‘splash’



Jenkins Independent Schools started the new school year with a splash. The success of the district’s “ Back- to-School Bash” held at the Jenkins City Swimming Pool last Friday morning dominated the discussion at the Jenkins Independent Board of Education’s July meeting on Monday night. The “Bash” was put on with the help and cooperation of the City of Jenkins. […]


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