With prison bound for Letcher, hard work just starting



With a proposed federal prison seemingly bound for Letcher County, more hard work is needed if the prison is to benefit the county’s economy in the major way its supporters hope. That is the conclusion of the members of the Letcher County Planning Commission who gathered in a meeting room at Pine Mountain Grill in Whitesburg late last week to […]

New star attracts admirers



Grand jury indicts 11



The Letcher Grand Jury has named 11 people in 13 indictments including a 61-year-old Jackhorn man charged with sexual abuse of two minors. Stanley Ray Osborne of 3374 Hwy. 317, is accused of sexual abuse in three separate indictments. In one indictment, he is charged with sexual abuse (first degree) of a 12-yearold in December 2014. In a second indictment, […]

Letcher County has 1,678 fewer working now than five years ago



Letcher County has lost nearly one-fourth of its jobs over the last five years, statistics compiled by state government show. According to the Kentucky Offi ce of Employment and Training, Letcher County residents held 6,258 jobs in November, down 208 jobs since this time last year, and a whopping 1,678 fewer jobs than in the same month in 2011. Letcher […]

Police Beat



Tuesday, December 1 At 8:54 a.m., a resident of Colson calls the Letcher County Sheriff’s Office to complain about a neighbor’s three dogs tearing into her trash. She says she has cleaned up the trash two times this week already, and that a previous complaint to the Letcher County dog warden went nowhere. A sheriff’s dispatcher will again refer the […]

UofL vs. UK: Who comes out on top?

Vaught’s Views

What many Kentucky or Louisville basketball fans would like for Christmas is to have a win in Saturday’s UK-Louisville game in Rupp Arena in the annual Battle of the Bluegrass. It’s a game that five months ago seemed like one where Kentucky would be a solid favorite. Now with the way both teams are playing, Kentucky fans have a lot […]

Boys’ streak continues



The Letcher County Central High School Cougars continued their early season success last week and are unbeaten since their season-opening 66-63 loss to Harlan County back on December 1. Since then, the Cougars have reeled off eight straight wins — including three last week — to raise their record to 8-1. After beating Belfry on the road December 15, the […]

A Sprint Cup Christmas list



This is the one column that I look forward to all year as I love to play Santa Claus for some of the Sprint Cup personalities that might not know exactly what they want left under the tree. This is where I come in because I try to make sure that they get something that they really need and may […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Big crappie are now being caught

Even through it is late in the fishing season, crappie are still active. I have had several reports from people who fish lakes in Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky of some real good crappie action with some big crappie being caught. Crappie are among several fish that stay active in cooler water. As schools of baitfish move in great numbers, crappie […]

LCC girls improve to 3-5 on season



The Letcher County Central High School Lady Cougars, now 3-5 on the season after this past week’s play, will participate in next week’s 12-team First Trust Bank Holiday Tournament hosted by Hazard. The tournament begins December 27. The participating teams are Hazard, Betsy Layne, Leslie County, Shelby Valley, LCCHS, Menifee County, Knott County Central, Prestonsburg, Bell County, Harlan, Magoffin County […]


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