Magistrates argue over expense pay



After voting recently to lay off county workers, close senior citizens centers and shut down the county’s recycling center, the Letcher Fiscal Court voted this week to reinstate a monthly expense account that could net magistrates an additional $3,600 to yearly pay.By a vote of three to two at its January meeting, the court reinstated a mileage expense reimbursement program […]

Jury hands up indictments



The Letcher Grand Jury has named 14 people in 15 new indictments. The indictments handed up to Special Letcher Circuit Judge Eddie Coleman include one true bill in which a 33-year-old Thornton man is charged with burglary, wanton endangerment of a police officer (first degree) and manufacturing methamphetamine (first offense). The grand jury charges that Shannon Ray Combs, of 1781 […]

RECYCLING ONCE AGAIN —



Overdose deaths fall to 10



“Pill cocktails” are blamed for 10 of the 11 Letcher County drug overdose deaths in 2015, said Letcher County Coroner Perry Fowler. “You rarely see one drug,” said Fowler. “It’s usually a cocktail mixture of two or more drugs.” A single drug, which Fowler didn’t name to keep anonymity of the deceased, was detected in one of the toxicology reports. […]

Cal’s not worried? Who’s buying that?

Vaught’s Views

Sometimes a coach just has to say what he knows sounds right. And I think that’s what Kentucky coach John Calipari did after Saturday’s loss at Auburn when the Cats blew a 12-point second half lead and lost to one of the SEC’s worst teams. “We’re fine. I’m not worried about it. I just want to make some changes to […]

Struttin’ Time:

More on the high cost of hunting

As we keep looking at the hunts coming up in 2016 we will talk this week about hunting in the West. Our first hunt out west will be in Wyoming, hunting with Carol and Don Ballard of Upton. Their prices are still the same at $250 for the total number of days it takes me to tag out. To date […]

Creech can’t save Cavs



A game-high 58 points by Whitney Creech wasn’t enough to help the Jenkins Lady Cavaliers get by regional power Breathitt County in the semifinal round of the Girls’ 14th Region All ‘A’ Classic tournament last Friday night. The Lady Bobcats defeated Hazard the next night, 69-49, to claim the tournament crown and advance to the State All ‘A’ Classic in […]

Bowyer’s one and done



When word began to leak that Michael Waltrip Racing was in danger of closing its doors at the end of the 2015 season, Clint Bowyer suddenly became the hottest free agent in the garage. Bowyer has not only won races in the sport, he has also participated in the Chase and every owner will tell you that is the kind […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Jigging spoons are great in winter

Winter can be a tough time to fish, especially when it comes to being out on a lake for long periods of time in cold weather. Anything an angler can do that will help catch fish is a big plus. Bass will school in groups on key types of structure in winter and feed on schools of shad in deeper […]

LCC boys roll past June Buchanan, Knott



The Letcher County Central High School Cougars (12-4) are scheduled to host region-leading Perry Central tomorrow evening (Thursday) in a showdown between the top two teams in the 14th Region. The Cougars visit Estill County Saturday afternoon, with the tipoff at 2:30 p.m. The Cougars will have a rematch with Knott County Central next Tuesday (January 26) in Hindman. Letcher […]


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