No ‘deadbeats’ are allowed, Morgan says of July 4 show



Concertgoers attending the City of Whitesburg’s Fourth of July celebration at River Park may be in for a surprise or two from country star Lorrie Morgan. “You never know what my mood is going to be,” said Morgan who celebrated her 57th birthday on June 27. “Well, they are going to hear some hits. They are going to hear some […]

Water thieves are being prosecuted, some for felonies



By WILLIAM FARLEY Water thieves in Letcher County are now being prosecuted — some of them on felony charges. At the June meeting of the Board of Directors of the Letcher County Water and Sewer District, Manager Mark Lewis told the board that the first prosecutions are underway. He said that district workers recently conducted an audit of former customers […]

Alpha closing mine, tipple



Alpha Natural Resources Inc. is expected to shut down its operations in Letcher and Knott counties later this week. Employees at bankrupt Alpha’s Enterprise Mining subsidiary were notified Monday that Thursday (June 30) would be their last day on the job. Company officials told employees at Enterprise’s Roxana coal preparation plant in Letcher County and EMC9 underground mining operation near […]

Officer describes events that led to arrest of five suspects



Five people accused of manufacturing methamphetamine in a moving car pleaded not guilty at arraignment hearings in Letcher District Court Tuesday afternoon. Chamanna Shakara Hall, 25, of 68 Kentland Drive, Whitesburg; Timothy Everett Hogan, 34, of 6160 Highway 931 South, Whitesburg; Elizabeth Ann Justice, 24, of Prestonsburg; Erin Lee Methany, 31, of 2266 Highway 1148, Isom; and Steven Alex Moore, […]

Wildcats get another QB committment

Vaught’s Views

Just a few hours after he announced his commitment to Kentucky, Georgia junior quarterback Jarren Williams was on the phone talking to potential future teammates. “When he walks into a room, he lights up the whole room,” said Anthony Williams, the quarterback’s father. “He makes everybody feel important. He is a leader. He knows how to get guys to do […]

A storybook finish ahead?



Three-time Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart has long been known as the “People’s Champion” and his win Sunday in the Toyota/Save Mart 350 proved to be very popular not only with the fans but also up and down pit road. Many of those fans remember the days when he was always a threat to win anytime a green flag waved […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Back in a place where fishing is great

I am back down south in Georgia to visit family and friends and to do some fishing. As usual we’ve had some good fishing, catching a lot of bass and bluegill. It’s been very hot with the air temperatures in the high 90’s and the water temperatures in the mid 80’s. We had to do most of our fishing early […]

Hogg murder trial may stay



Special Letcher Circuit Judge Kent Hendrickson says he is inclined to keep the murder trials of two men charged in the 2014 stabbing death of 24-yearold Michael Shane Hogg in Letcher County. Citing an abundance of pretrial publicity, James Huffman’s attorney Robert Wright filed a motion asking Hendrickson, the circuit judge in Harlan County, to order Huffman’s trial in the […]

Fiscal court adopts budget for 2016-17



The Letcher County Fiscal Court has formally adopted its budget for Fiscal Year 2016-17. Letcher Judge/Executive Jim Ward said the budget’s overall amount is exactly the same as the budget it had voted to approve at a meeting in May. The balanced budget, approved unanimously during a special meeting, calls for expenditures and receipts of $7,980,705, and is $1,586,869 lower […]

Advocates criticize state’s proposed Medicaid plan




BOWLING GREEN, Ky. Bobby Paisley’s health insurance covers his vision and dental care. He knows, because he and his wife pay for it. “I don’t have to do community service, I don’t have to earn points and I don’t have to wait,” he said. But that’s exactly what some 400,000 Kentuckians would have to do if they need an eye […]


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