Money is allocated to widen road from Jenkins to W’burg



Letcher County will receive $71.5 million for road improvements in the state’s two-year road plan recently passed by the Kentucky General Assembly. Senator Johnny Ray Turner and Representative Leslie Combs said $45.55 million of the funds will be spent for the widening of U.S. 119 from Jenkins to Whitesburg. Construction of the widening will start in both Jenkins and Whitesburg. […]

Wheel runoff startles travelers



Schools get OK to raise tuition costs



Local students taking Kentucky Community and Technical College courses in Whitesburg, Hazard and Cumberland may soon see tuition increases of up to $7 per credit hour. Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, with campuses in Whitesburg and Cumberland, and Hazard Community and Technical College are among 16 institutions in the KCTC system that were given permission by state regulators Tuesday […]

Businessman Hubert Hall Sr. dies from illness; service Saturday



Letcher County businessman Hubert Hall Sr. died Monday at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington. Hall owned and operated Hall Equipment & Supply Company with his brother Carl, of Whitesburg. The company, with operations at Sandlick and Isom, has serviced the coal industry for many years. Hall, who got his start in the mining equipment business with Kentucky-West Virginia Armature Company’s […]

Can UK sign this ‘intriguing’ prospect?

Vaught’s Views

Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari has been busy handing out scholarship offers to players in the 2017 and 2018 recruiting classes the last two weeks. One intriguing prospect is Putnam Science Academy (Conn.) guard Hamidou Diallo. He has a bevy of scholarship offers, including Connecticut and Duke. Diallo plays AAU summer basketball for the New York Rens, based in his […]

Struttin’ Time:

We were 1,600 miles away from home

The sun broke on April 6 as we pulled from my driveway, heading for a two-week turkey hunt in the states of Wyoming, then to Kansas, and finally to the finish in Nebraska. This week you will read about Wyoming. From my house to Upton, Wyoming is a total of 1,600 miles, one way. If you ever get the chance […]

Gibbs is still dominating



Carl Edwards’s win Sunday in the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway was the fifth win this season for Joe Gibbs Racing in the first nine races of the Sprint Cup Series season. Gibbs’ early season success should come as no surprise as the four-car operation of Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin actually began their […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Trophy-size crappie at Carr Creek

I have been fishing for crappie at Carr Creek Lake for as long as it has been around. I have seen some great, good and poor crappie fishing years at Carr Creek, but this year I have seen trophy size crappie come out of this lake. I remember when my father and I would fish all night for crappie several […]

Community Calendar



To submit your event: Send information including the day, time, location and a short description of your non-profit, civic or fundraising event to mtneagle@bellsouth.net. Send your mail to Calendar, P.O. Box 808, Whitesburg, Kentucky 41858 April 28 —“An Evening with Poets” at Hazard Community and Technical College, 6:30 p.m., in the Stephens Library on the Hazard Campus. Admission is free. […]

This device shows too much distrust



There’s a new device on the market that’s making my heart sink as a mom and an American. It shows a teen girl driving like a maniac, playing hooky to go to the beach in a bikini, and sitting on the couch alone with her boyfriend about to … whatever. Then it shows how Verizon’s “Hum,” an electronic device you […]


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