Governor names Jimmy Craft new circuit judge here



Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has appointed Whitesburg Attorney James W. “Jimmy” Craft II to fill the unexpired term of Letcher Circuit Judge Sam Wright. “I am pleased to appoint Mr. Craft as Circuit Judge for the 47th Judicial Circuit,” said Bevin. “His experience in serving his fellow citizens is exemplary and demonstrates the type of commitment needed to succeed in […]

Break in weather lets the show go on



Man’s death was natural, coroner says



An Eolia man died of natural causes inside a convenience store bathroom early Sunday morning, said Letcher County Coroner Perry Fowler. Homer T. Sharp was pronounced dead at 5:45 a.m. on July 3 at the Ermine Double Kwik. Sharp, who was in his early 30s, suffered from a health condition that results in death for most victims before they are […]

Dr. Sizemore dies at home



A longtime Whitesburg optometrist died July 1 at his residence in Isom. Dr. William Dwayne Sizemore died of a blood clot, said Letcher County Coroner Perry Fowler. Born in Hazard, he was a son of the late Walter Raleigh and Hallie Davidson Sizemore. Funeral services for Sizemore were held Monday at First Baptist Church in Whitesburg. Burial followed in the […]

Letcher schools lost only two students



Despite continued job losses in the mining industry in Letcher County, student enrollment in the county school district fell by only two students between the end of the 2014-15 school year and the 2015-16 year, which ended with 3,097 students enrolled. “Our enrollment has held steady,” said Debbie Cook, a secretary with the Letcher County Board of Education. “I’m curious […]

Q&A with UK’s new top boss on offense

Vaught’s Views

New Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran got to see UK’s returning players practice and scrimmage in April. Now he’s busy contemplating plans for the upcoming season as well as figuring out how to best use his returning players while projecting how new players might figure into the playing rotations. Gran came to UK from Cincinnati where he led a successful […]

Jackie Boggs edges Bloomquist at 201; Isom has 4 winners



201 Speedway held the second annual Bob Miller Memorial 50 with drivers Brandon Fouts, last year’s winner Jackie Boggs, the 2015 Late Model Truck champ Chris Combs, and Scott Bloomquist on hand. It looked like it would be a good night of racing, and it was. The winners in the Late Model race at the Johnson County speedway were #1, […]

Hunting brings brand new friendship

Struttin’ Time:

Making new friends has always come easy to me. When I was a radio DJ, it seemed I made several acquaintances each day. You can meet new friends by just smiling and saying hello. So is the case with my new friend, Bart Jones. I always go to Kroger to shop for my groceries, as I haven’t been in a […]

New Kentucky Speedway



Sprint Cup crew chiefs are famous for their thick book of notes that they take at every stop on the schedule, especially when their driver has had a very successful day at the track. Those notes that are accumulated over the years makes a crew chief’s job easier when he sets up a car for the weekend as it provides […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Bluegill fun to catch, great to eat

I have got to do a lot of bluegill fishing the past few weeks and have caught some big ones. Bluegill is a fun, easy to find and catch fish and is good to eat also. This is the best fish to start a new angler or a young person on. I have been fishing all my life and still […]


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