No gains in jobs, but coal tonnage is up some here

The good news: Letcher County didn’t lose any coal mining jobs during the first quarter of 2016. The bad news: The county didn’t gain any mining jobs, either. Despite no gains in coal mining employment, Letcher County, where only 87 miners now work, was one of only two eastern Kentucky counties which experienced an increase in coal production during the […]

Two more big bass from Fishpond Lake donated to program

Police: More than 20 held on drug charges

More than 20 people were arrested in Letcher County on public intoxication and other drug charges since Friday, officials say. Several of the arrests involve the manufacture and use of methamphetamine. “In the last six months we have received a complaint of meth use every day,” said Letcher County Sheriff ’s Deputy Eugene Slone. “It is like in 2016 we […]

When will ‘Real Derek Willis’ show up?

Vaught’s Views

Ask Derek Willis a question during a media interview session and he’ll give you a straightforward answer. He does not dodge questions. He just doesn’t go overboard with answers. For his girlfriend, Keely Potts, that’s frustrating because she doesn’t think Kentucky fans have had a chance to see his real personality. “We are always telling him to open up and […]

Struttin’ Time:

When the hunt ended for Day One

When we left each other last week, we had just made it to our outfitter in Upton, Wyoming. This is one outfitter that I love to hunt with, although he is really strange. He and his lovely wife, who by the way is a research doctor, live away from everything — roads, grocery stores, doctors, people, everything. They don’t know […]

’Dega did what it does

NASCAR likes to be able to classify all of the tracks that make up the Sprint Cup schedule into one of four categories depending upon the length of the track. Each class of tracks has its own distinctive set of similarities, but each track within a class also has enough subtle differences that it produces its own unique style of […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Be sure to return bass for future years

This is the time of year when the water is raising into the shallow backwater areas and the surface temperatures are getting warm enough for big female bass to come in and fix beds in the shallow soft bottom areas. They will lay their eggs and, with the help of male or buck bass, protect the nest and eggs from […]

Appalachia dumping Clintons for Trump

ASHLAND, Ky. When President Bill Clinton rolled into the small Appalachian town of Ashland, Kentucky, in 1996, cheering crowds lined the streets. Local boy-turned-country music star Billy Ray Cyrus performed a special version of his hit, “Achy Breaky Heart” before nearly 20,000 supporters at a riverfront re-election rally. Back then, this was Clinton country. Today, it looks an awful lot […]


Bevin’s veto aids the right to know how our officials spend tax money

This past week, Gov. Matt Bevin used his line-item veto power in a very important way: he helped prevent the erosion of transparency in government. As the general session was wrapping up for the year, language was added to the budget bill that would have given cities and counties in Kentucky the option of not publishing their financial information in […]

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