Black lung ruling should help others get benefits easier

Whitesburg law firm had major role in case Supreme Court wouldn’t hear

The U.S. Supreme Court’s denial of a major coal company’s appeal of the award of federal black lung benefits to a Kentucky widow is expected to make the pursuit of the benefits less of a struggle for many. The Supreme Court denied Peabody Coal’s appeal of the award of black lung benefits to Eva Elizabeth Hill, a widow from Drakesboro […]


Distillery obtains OK to start sales of flavored spirits

The new Kentucky Mist Distillery has finally gotten approval to start selling some of its flavored alcoholic beverages. The distillery, located in downtown Whitesburg in the historic Kyva Motor Company garage building, began selling its peach, blackberry, berry, strawberry and apple pie flavored spirits Wednesday afternoon, one day after the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) approved […]

Taco Bell coming, mayor says

Construction is expected to begin soon on a new Taco Bell restaurant in Whitesburg. Whitesburg Mayor James Wiley Craft said he has been authorized by the Johnson family of Perry County to announce a stand-alone Taco Bell restaurant will be built in West Whitesburg on property formerly owned by the late Nora Honeycutt. The lot is located directly across KY […]

Main Street to close for first ‘Oktoberfest’

The City of Whitesburg will soon join countless other municipalities throughout the world in celebrating Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest originated in Munich, Germany and features the consumption of beer, sausages and other items. The Whitesburg festival was proposed at the September meeting of the Whitesburg City Council by the Downtown Merchants Association. Tyler Ward, owner and operator of the Thirsty Heifer, approached […]

Cats expected to contend for title

Vaught’s Views

What do you think of the overall talent on coach John Calipari’s Kentucky roster this year? That’s a question I posed recently to several media members who I believe have a good feel not only for UK basketball, but college basketball in general. And remember they have no idea about exactly what Skal Labissiere’s eligibility status is with the NCAA. […]

Cougars get much-needed week off after crushing loss

The Letcher County Central Cougars fell to 4-4 on the season after getting demolished by new district foe North Laurel, 51-0. The Cougars are in a bye week, and it couldn’t come at a better time. Not only do the Cougars need to regroup from back to back district losses, but star running back Jaylyn Williams got injured with a […]

Struttin’ Time:

Going hunting? Don’t forget the kids

Youth deer hunting season ran from October 10 through 11. I haven’t received any stories yet, but if the past is any reflection I soon will. What I have found is that parents will take their children hunting during the youth season, but when regular season opens they leave them at home. I have asked several parents in the past […]

Talladega is looming large

The Contender Round got underway one day late after the Bank of America 500 was postponed from its scheduled Saturday night start to Sunday afternoon. When the green flag finally did wave, Team Penske’s Joey Logano wasted very little time in punching his ticket into the Elimination Round with a dominating performance that saw him lead 227 of the 334 […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

How to catch bass with ‘lockjaw’

This is the time of year when it can be 80 degrees one day and fall to 50 the next. When you have this sudden drop in temperatures and fastchanging weather patterns from warm to colder weather, this is a cold front weather condition. And this type of sudden change has a major effect on fish and their feeding and […]

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