Grand jury indicts 4 from meth bust; 8 others charged

Two of four people charged with making methamphetamine in a Sandlick trailer in January are named in the latest indictments returned by the Letcher County Grand Jury. Danny Gibson, 43, of Highway 931N, Sandlick, and Kesha Cook, 26, of Ran Day Hollow, Whitesburg, each are charged with manufacturing methamphetamine (first offense). Gibson is also charged with first-degree possession of a […]


Wild turkeys slaughtered at Thornton

Several Thornton residents were left in a state of shock early Tuesday night after a man stopped his green ATV in a residential area and gunned down two female wild turkeys that were grazing a few feet from a mobile home occupied by an 18-month-old girl and her parents. Witnesses saw the ATV exit a gravel road beside Thornton Park […]

Meat packing plant once hired 50 here

During its heyday in the community of Letcher, Wardrup’s Packing Company employed about 50 people to slaughter hogs and cattle, butcher their carcasses, and process their meat into about 50 products, such as wieners, bologna, and a variety of sausages. The employees at the “packing house,” as it was often called, also prepared baked and boiled hams, hickory-smoked and sugar-cured […]

UK’s Matt Elam is showing confidence

Vaught’s Views

Before the Blue-White Game reached halftime, some Kentucky football fans were already complaining on Twitter about the play of junior nose guard Matt Elam. Out of shape. Too upright. Not aggressive. Gets pushed out of the way too easy. Lacks intensity. Elam knows the criticism is there. He picked UK over Alabama, and during his first two seasons he has […]

Rolling the dice at Bristol

Sunday morning in the pits at Bristol Motor Speedway before the running of the Food City 500, it was apparent that the race’s outcome could come down to a lug nut or two. Ever since NASCAR gave the green light to the teams to use their own judgment on how many lug nuts they wanted to use, teams have begun […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Big crappie are awaiting your bait

It is time to start catching some nice size crappie. The weather is warm and the water levels are rising. Crappie are moving shallow and into new areas and the fishing is getting better every day. Several fishermen have told me or showed me pictures of nice crappie they have caught over the past few weeks. Some real big crappie […]

Gas to surpass coal for power

This year is expected to be the first in U.S. history that more electricity will be generated from natural gas than coal, a new analysis has found. Natural gas overtook coal as the leading U.S. source of electricity on a monthly basis last April, but 2016 is likely to be the first full year in which it will have replaced […]

Cadets compete in Louisville

The Letcher County Central High School JROTC participated in the All Army National Championships April 7-9 in Louisville. The cadets competed against 70 schools from all over the United States. The LCCHS teams consisted of the Color Guard Team, the Drill Team, the Exhibition Team, and the Inspection team. As part of the competition trip, the students were afforded the […]

13 are eligible for parole talks

Thirteen inmates sentenced in Letcher Circuit Court will soon be eligible for parole hearings, according to the Kentucky Parole Board. The following four inmates serving sentences on Class D felonies in the Letcher County Jail have been added to the list of inmates eligible for parole review in May: • Brandon Adams — two counts of first-degree bail jumping. • […]

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