Clinton, Trump each mention help for coal, miners



Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the two presumptive candidates for president in November, each paid lip service to out-of-work coal miners this week. Speaking before a large crowd in Louisville Tuesday afternoon, billionaire businessman Trump criticized President Barack Obama for having “decimated” the coal industry. Trump drew cheers by saying he loves “clean coal.” “Obama has decimated the coal industry, […]

Summit City will reopen in six weeks



What has become one of Letcher County’s top tourist attractions will reopen this spring, Whitesburg Mayor James W. Craft said this week. According to Craft, Summit City Coffee owner Joel Beverly has committed to reopening the Main Street bar and restaurant, which has attracted music fans from 41 states, within six weeks. Craft said Beverly made the commitment during a […]

Naming of circuit judge delayed six more weeks



The Judicial Nominating Commission will have to wait at least six more weeks before it can meet to select three Letcher County attorneys for Gov. Matt Bevin to consider appointing as the new Letcher Circuit Judge. Katie Shepherd, chief of staff and legal counsel for the Office of Kentucky Supreme Court chief justice, said the delay is necessary while a […]

Blackey church donates space so seniors can stay near home



After the Letcher Fiscal Court agreed in November to combine the senior citizens programs from six centers into one centralized location, 85-year-old Martha Burns of Blackey worried that she would no longer spend extended time with other senior citizens who had become her friends. “It would be like splitting up the family if we didn’t have somewhere to meet,” said […]

Ulis to be drafted, but which round?

Vaught’s Views

“He is a pro. He can play on the professional level. He is good. He can do everything,” Johnson said after Ulis had 19 points and 10 assists against his team last week. “He is a pure point guard that can hold his own. He takes charges. He throws his body in there. As a coach you don’t like coaching […]

March Madness nears

Sports in Kentucky

The sun has shifted left, rides higher, stays out longer. Daffodils showed up a fortnight early and, if we listen well, the spirit of Happy Chandler is revving up for his rendition of My Old Kentucky Home — first Saturday in March in Rupp Arena. We have come to college basketball’s full summit, arrived too soon seems to me. For […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Boat and RV show had much to offer

Last weekend brought some nice weather for getting out and do something. We all went to the 2016 WYMT-TV Boat and RV show at the Expo Center in Pikeville. I have been to every one of the shows and have always had a great time. This year was a good one and offered a few new things to see on […]

Ford family is growing



Stewart-Haas Racing has won two Sprint Cup championships and 30 point-paying races since its inception in 2009. Gene Haas had been competing in the series for several seasons, but when he brought in Tony Stewart as an owner, Stewart used his longstanding relationship with Chevrolet to help broker a deal between SHR and Hendrick Motorsports that would provide championship proven […]

Struttin’ Time:

Remembering a childhood hero

In life we all have a hero. In my life there have been many, but Mr. Henry Sword is one of those who has stayed with me throughout my life. Growing up in McRoberts had many advantages. All of the adults watched after you, just like you were one of theirs. The women fixed lots of cookies, gave you homemade […]

LCC wins title; Buckhorn awaits



The Letcher County Central Cougars this week will make their fourth 14th Regional Tournament appearance during Coach Robert Hammonds’ seven years as head coach, but this is the first time during Hammonds’ reign the Cougars are going as champions of the 53rd District. The Cougars (21-9) will play Buckhorn High School in the 8 p.m. opening round game tomorrow night […]


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