City will change rules on alcohol

The Whitesburg City Council this week approved a change in the city’s alcohol ordinance that will make it easier for businesses to sell alcoholic beverages on Sundays during special events such as the recent Super Bowl. The move comes after the city’s one-time-only approval for restaurants and bars to sell alcohol for this past Sunday’s game proved to be too […]

Neon finalizes rate hikes

Changes in sanitation fees and a return to recycling were the main topics at the February meeting of the Fleming-Neon City Council. Mayor Susan Polis conducted the second reading of an ordinance that will raise residential and business fees for sanitation customers in the city. Rates for residential customers in Fleming-Neon will go up from $12 to $15 per month. […]


Man charged after threat made in Whitesburg store

A Neon man was arrested Tuesday after employees at a Whitesburg cellphone service provider store told police the man threatened to bomb the store. Clifford Caudill, 36, became upset inside the Appalachian Wireless store after he found out that the account of which Caudill’s cellphone was a part had been suspended on Monday by the account holder. “He got mad […]

UK’s Hoak will have shot at QB

For the third straight season, Kentucky will have a new offensive coordinator. Once again, even returning starters have to prove they deserve to be on the field. “Every position on offense has to be wide open,” new offensive coordinator Eddie Gran said. “When I started, I told (the players) you’re going to start building your resume. I’m looking for accountability […]

Yellowjackets capture middle school crown; Pirates earn ‘B’ title

The Letcher County Middle Schools Boys’ Basketball tourney was hosted recently by Arlie Boggs Elementary School. All the games except the A-team final round were played at Fleming Neon. Good games played at every level of the tourney. Congratulations to the Whitesburg Yellowjackets C team, which took home the championship over Letcher by hitting a three-point basket at the buzzer […]

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Does your camouflage still fit you?

Spring turkey season will be here before you know it. Too many hunters put off preparations for the season until the night before opening day. This just doesn’t work. The biggest problem is usually find when checking my equipment is that my camouflage doesn’t fit the way I like. Yes, during my down time between seasons I usually have gained […]

Stewart is on the shelf

Tony Stewart was all set to begin what he hoped would be a farewell season to remember in the Sprint Cup Series that would end with him having the opportunity to run for the title in the last race of the season at Homestead-Miami. He had taken the steps over the winter that he felt would give him the best […]

Coalfields deserve real shot at revival

Deep in some nondescript building in our nation’s capital there must be a computer that spits out acronyms. If so, it hit a triple with the RECLAIM Act, introduced last week by a bipartisan coalition of Appalachian lawmakers, most significantly House appropriations chairman Hal Rogers of Kentucky. This bill would do more than just reclaim land and water damaged by […]

‘Liberals,’ stop your lectures

Have I mentioned lately how much I’m enjoying the lectures from self-avowed liberals who insist my respect for Hillary Clinton is proof that I am not a “real progressive”? I haven’t had this much fun since I had my sinuses packed with 40 miles of gauze after polyp surgery. It’s not just men — my sisters, you disappoint me — […]

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