Court’s vote is death knell for recycling



The Letcher County Fiscal Court effectively voted to close the county’s recycling program during a meeting on Tuesday. The court, meeting in special session, voted by a margin of four to two to accept the second reading of an ordinance which calls for a $3 per month increase in sanitation fees. According to Letcher County Judge/Executive Jim Ward, an additional […]

County garbage bills to rise $3 per month



Music, food highlight New Year’s events here



Some New Year’s Eve events planned in Letcher County include the following: At American Legion Post #152, Pine Mountain — State of Mind Band, Thursday, 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. Hors d’oeuvres, champagne toast at midnight, $10 per person. Must be 21 or older to attend, 633-2834. At Hemphill Community Center — Highway 23 and Gina Seals- Sparks, Thursday, 9 […]

Kentucky Mist’s lawsuit against UK is now back in federal court



A series of legal maneuvers has resulted in Kentucky Mist Moonshine Inc.’s trademark lawsuit against the University of Kentucky being returned to federal court only two days after it was dismissed voluntarily by the distillery. This time, on December 23, the suit was returned to U.S. District Court in Lexington at the request of three attorneys representing the university in […]

Paintsville’s Daniel wants to lead UK

Vaught’s Views

Paintsville coach Joe Chirico knows exactly what he hopes everyone will remember about his star player, Kash Daniel. “That he gave his heart and soul to his teammates; that he left it all on the field, and the product was both entertaining and impressive,” said Chirico. “Kash was blessed with size, strength, and athletic ability, but it was his hard […]

Looking back and ahead

Sports in Kentucky

2015 had its predictable and not highs and lows. Looking back, a few notable column items come to the fore. Looking forward, native son Dominique Hawkins grew some the ways fans in Kentucky enjoy most, and Whitney Creech in Jenkins is growing too. Also looking forward we still wait to see if the NCAA drops a hammer on North Carolina […]

Sprint Cup resolutions



It’s time to wrap up another year and what a year it was to be a Sprint Cup fan. We were treated to another championship Chase that went down to the last lap before Kyle Busch claimed the title. The season unfolded more like a soap opera than a professional sport as we said a tearful good-bye to Jeff Gordon, […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Smallmouth bass active in winter

This early winter’s warmer temperatures are affecting the normal winter fishing patterns for the smallmouth bass. Normally we would now be fishing in 20 to 30 degree weather with jigs and floating fly rigs, but because of the warm weather the bass are still active more shallow and on faster moving baits like crank baits and spinners and small tube […]

Jenkins star at 4,464 and counting



Jenkins Lady Cavaliers star Whitney Creech is now the second leading scorer in the history of Kentucky high school basketball and may be the first player to reach the 5,000 point mark. Creech, who scored 44 points Monday night in an 89-62 loss to East Carter, had 4,464 points going into Tuesday night’s action in the third round of play […]

Think you know sports in 2015? Try this quiz




Every year brings something new, and often unexpected, in the sporting world. The past year was no different, with even the most rabid fans struggling to keep up with the latest about their favorite teams or athletes. Think you know a lot about what went on in sports in 2015? Here are 15 questions to see just how smart you […]


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