Jenkins board says district not joining Letcher



Any rumors Jenkins residents may hear concerning plans to close Jenkins Independent Schools and join with Letcher County Schools have no factual basis, according to the chairman of the Jenkins Board of Education. Jenkins School Board Chairman Tracy Goff told the board at its October meeting that he wanted to take the opportunity to dispel rumors concerning closing the system. […]

Light turnout seen for vote that could affect many here



Citing negative campaigning in statewide races and no local offices on the ballot, Letcher County Clerk Winston Meade predicts an extremely low voter turnout for next week’s election. “I’d say this will be the lowest voter turnout since I have been here,” said Meade, who has held the office of county clerk for 17 years. As of Tuesday, only 30 […]

16 caught shoplifting in five days



Sixteen people have been arrested for shoplifting at the Whitesburg Walmart since Thursday. Eight more people were spotted trying to steal items, but noticed Walmart employees nearby and put items back, said Whitesburg Police Chief Tyrone Fields. “People are getting braver,” said Fields. “Our businesses are watching for people and are doing a good job catching them.” A man was […]

UK’s top funny man may be top pick

Vaught’s Views

He’s already being projected as a potential No. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA draft and even coach John Calipari knows Kentucky fans are wanting to compare Skal Labissiere to former UK greats Anthony Davis and Karl-Anthony Towns. Yet Labissiere’s teammates say there is another side to the versatile, skilled 7-footer from Haiti. “Skal is very fun. I feel like […]

Struttin’ Time:

With Pap’s help, she gets another deer

This column is about a girl who has been my friend since I first met her. She is a “Pap’s” girl, as her grandfather Raymond “Pap” Brown of Dry Fork is my best friend. Her name is Carla “Cocoa Puff” Sturgill and she is the youngest daughter of Pap’s daughter, Connie Sturgill, and the sister of Destiny Sturgill. Although Cocoa […]

Cougars fall below .500



The Letcher County Central Cougars fell to district foe Whitley County 42-27 to drop to 4-5 on the season, including 1-3 in district play. This was the Cougars’ first game without star runningback Jaylyn Williams who will miss the rest of the year with an ankle injury that occurred during the Cougars’ last game against North Laurel. LCC started the […]

Joey Logano’s domination



Joey Logano continued one of the hottest streaks in the brief history of the Sprint Cup Chase as he became the first-ever driver to sweep all three races in one round. The Contender Round this season might just be remembered as the Logano Round as he won all three races at Charlotte, Kansas and Talladega. The win Sunday at Talladega […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Smallmouth bass are hitting baits

The fall weather is here and the smallmouth bass fishing is picking up. I have had reports of some good smallmouth being caught on several area lakes. Most active bass are being caught on crank baits. These are great baits to use right now as bass are chasing shad and feeding up for winter. The crank bait resembles this more […]

Volleyball teams in post-season play



Pitino should step down with dignity

Sports in Kentucky

So, Louisville coach Rick Pitino did not attend ACC media days because he would be a distraction. I wonder how he is not going to talk about elephant-in-the-room from here to the end of the coming season? Pitino is handcuffed to the most gossip-rich words in America today this side of Hillary and Benghazi, Sex and scandal. Since Katina Powell’s […]


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