Letcher is down 1,396 residents, new count shows



Letcher County lost 5.7 percent of its population between April 2010 and July 2015, new U.S. census figures show. Letcher, which lost 1,396 residents during the five-year period, is one of several coal-producing counties in central Appalachia with significant population declines amid a storm of layoffs in the mining industry. The figures show that Letcher County’s total population is now […]

CSX wants track closed



CSX Transportation Inc. will ask the federal government next week for permission to discontinue service on a 1.17-mile rail line between the junction of KY 7 North and KY 931 near Colson and a rail crossing at Sugar Run Road at Polly near Camp Branch. “CSXT is planning to file with the (federal) Surface Transportation Board a Notice of Exemption […]

Board sets new date for school opening



Classes for the 2016-17 school year in the Letcher County School System will begin August 10, according to the new school calendar approved by the Letcher County Board of Education at its March meeting Monday. The board also set the last day of school next year for May 9. The new dates received the most votes in a poll of […]

UK signee’s parents: ‘We never knew …’



There was a time that Kentucky signee Sacha Killeya-Jones had more passion for football than basketball and never dreamed of playing in the McDonald’s All- American Game like he did this week in Chicago. His mother, Ley, a former college basketball player, put a basketball in his hand when he was only 1. “We bought him a little kiddy hoop […]

Watkins says good-bye

Sports in Kentucky

Editor’s Note: This is the final column by sportswriter Bob Watkins, who is retiring. His column has appeared on this page since it was syndicated in 1987. Thank you for taking time each week to turn the pages of this newspaper and visiting this space. Gratitude, it has been said (and I agree), “is not only the greatest of virtues, […]

Struttin’ Time:

Steve strikes out; ‘Slam’ chance ends

It’s a good thing I am not worried about getting another “Slam,” as I struck out in Florida. Still, all is well on this home front because my friend Rick Hardy, who is going after his first Slam, has already gotten two. He needs only the Merriam to complete his first Slam. We will be heading out West April 6 […]

Grading NASCAR in 2016



The Sprint Cup schedule features 36 points races, two nonpoint races and only three open weekends that stretch from February to November. After only five point races and the non-point awarding The Sprint Unlimited, the series will be observing its first open date. Some teams need the time to regroup after not getting off to the kind of start that […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Creek fishing offers opportunities

Like many of you, I grew up playing and fishing in the creek. I have many good memories of fishing down on Bull Creek when I was younger with my grandpa. Everything was so much smaller and life seemed to be more enjoyable. We are blessed to have so many good streams and creeks to fish in our area. I […]

Jenkins board hopes to have superintendent hired at least by July 1



The search for a new superintendent for the Jenkins School System is now underway. Members of the Jenkins Independent Board of Education met with representatives of the Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA) last week to formally engage that organization’s services in conducting the search. The results will be used to create a list of candidates for a screening committee that […]

Adele is all over, all of the time



Walk into the grocery and there she is. Shop for shoes, she’s shopping by your side. Need to cross a lobby? Drive to Mom’s house? Drink yourself sick? My God — she’s there, too, in the hotel, the car, the seedy bar’s bathroom, seeping through the pipes. She’s everywhere, always ready to start a conversation: “Hello. It’s me.” Of course […]


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