County officials blast Ky. Power and regulators



Members of the Letcher County Fiscal Court are again criticizing Kentucky Power Company and the Kentucky Public Service Commission for power bills they say have become too costly for most county residents to afford. District Five Magistrate Wayne Fleming told the court at its February meeting this week that he has received a number of complaints from people telling him […]

Magistrates rescind vote on expenses



The Letcher County Fiscal Court acted quickly at its February meeting to rescind what had been reinstatement of a mileage expense that allowed each magistrate to claim up to $300. The expense was reinstated by a 3-2 vote in January, and drew immediate and heavy criticism from members of the public who were upset that county officials would take care […]

Mine jobs drop below 100

Is recent Court ruling a reason to hope?

The number of coal mining jobs in Letcher County has fallen below 100 after the recent closing of a small contract mine near the Letcher-Pike county line. The closing of Clark Mining Inc. earlier this month has left 10 more underground miners in Letcher County without jobs, reducing the number of miners still working in the county to no more […]

Court hearing set here for accused Lego thief



A preliminary hearing is set for Thursday for a man accused of being intoxicated while placing toy building bricks in his pants at a Whitesburg discount store. James E. Penrod Jr., 51, of Jamestown, North Dakota, is charged with alcohol intoxication in a public place, second-degree disorderly conduct, shoplifting (less than $500), menacing, resisting arrest, third-degree assault of a police […]

Former Wildcats still love Pitino

Vaught’s Views

Former Kentucky basketball players Cameron Mills, Jeff Sheppard and Jared Prickett took a road trip to Louisville earlier this season to see their former UK coach, Rick Pitino, send his Louisville team against Utah Valley State and coach Mark Pope, another one of his former players at Kentucky. But the reason the group went might surprise you. “We were behind […]

Kentucky is surging

Sports in Kentucky

Is Kentucky surging? Three wins in a row and each progressively better – Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. The last, from any angle, was a pinnacle performance, a virtual complete game. • Defense. Unbeaten at home, panic-stricken Carolina managed 18 field goals, shot 32.7 per cent and lost its ally — raucous Gamecock fans. Kentucky blocked five shots and had […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Weather plays havoc with fishing

Although it is going to be much warmer as this week grows longer week, the bitter cold has kind of shut the fishing in our area down. Still, I have had reports of some good catches of crappie on lakes in East Tennessee. Also largemouth bass are being caught in Tennessee and Alabama lakes. I do not think these areas […]

Struttin’ Time:

Don’t forget to add your cost for fuel

For the last few weeks we have been talking about the high cost of hunting. Although I may not live to see it, hunting will once again become “The Sport of Kings.” Back in the day, only the rich could hunt and we are headed that way again. The most overlooked cost of a hunting trip is the price of […]

NASCAR’s new course



Daytona International Speedway opened its gates this past weekend for the beginning of the 2016 Sprint Cup season and with it a new way in which the sanctioning body and teams will be doing business. After months of collaboration between NASCAR and the owners, 36 teams were awarded charters that will provide those teams with an increased business certainty. Those […]

LCC boys will visit Pike for season finale



The Letcher Central Cougars wrap up their regular season at Pike Central (10-17) Thursday night. The 17-9 Cougars, the regular season 53rd District champions with a 5-1 mark, will have the number one seed and will play fourth seed Jenkins in next week’s tournament at Jenkins High School. June Buchanan School, 18-7 overall and 4-4 in district play, is the […]


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