Jury indicts man who jumped city worker at Ermine

A 22-year-old man charged in the severe beating of a Whitesburg city employee earlier this summer is one of 14 people named in new indictments returned by the Letcher County Grand Jury. William Ryan Adams, of 43 Michigan Avenue, is charged with one count of first-degree assault in the indictment charging him with beating Whitesburg Waterworks employee Larry Hall so […]

McConnell brings out anger as retired miners head to D.C.

An election-year bill to fulfill a 70-year-old government promise and protect health-care and pension benefits for retired miners is dividing coal-state Republicans, pitting endangered incumbents against GOP leaders wary of bailing out union workers. Retirement and health-care funds currently support about 120,000 former miners and their families nationwide. But account balances have dwindled amid continued layoffs and bankruptcy filings as […]


Fall festival fun moves to Neon for rest of week

The annual fall festival season will continue in Letcher County this week when “Neon Area Days 2016” kicks off in downtown Neon under the promise or more beautiful weather. The theme of this year’s two-day festival is “Families Connected Strong & True Generation to Generation.” The festival will officially kick off with an “opening ceremony” at 11 a.m. in the […]

Stoops apologizes, as he should have

Vaught’s Views

Okay, there is no way to avoid Kentucky’s 44-35 loss to Southern Mississippi to open Mark Stoops’s fourth season in Lexington. Kentucky raced to a 35-10 lead in the second quarter and then just imploded with turnovers, poor tackling and few if any adjustments. Stoops apologized to UK fans after the game — and should have. It was an embarrassing […]

LCC falls just short

The Letcher County Central Cougars fell to 1-2 after a heartbreaking 23-19 loss to rival Hazard. The Cougars appeared to be on the verge of beating the Bulldogs after Quade Adams caught a 25- yard touchdown pass from Nick Sergent to give LCC a lead halfway through the fourth quarter. But the Bulldogs answered with a late score of their […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Fishing shoreline brings a variety

Fishing around the shoreline can be very rewarding at nearly all times during the each fishing season. Early in the season, crappie will move to shallow water and hold around shoreline cover. They will hold around these areas until the hot summer temperatures make it too stressful to stay in shallow areas. But with the cooler temperatures we have had […]

Five questions

Five Questions with Letcher County Central’s Blake Brashears: 5 Questions with BlakeBrashearsQ: What is it like playing forCoach Matthews?A: He is a great coach that hasturned our defense around and Ifeel like we are a lot better overallteam because of him.Q: What are your expectationsfor the rest of the season?A: We are working hard tostart winning these close gamesagainst the […]

Kathy Palumbo will be missed greatly here

Hello everyone, hope you are all doing well and enjoying the pretty weather we have been having. I enjoyed getting a call from Mary A. Adams of Florida, but was sorry to hear Kathy Palumbo had died in Versailles. She had been living with her son Bryan Palumbo and his wife Renee there. The folks in Whitesburg had been missing […]

Organization honors Whitesburg resident

Dee Davis, president and founder of the Letcher County-based Center for Rural Strategies, will receive the Everett C. Parker Award next month from the United Church of Christ Office of Communication Inc. The award will be presented to Davis, of Whitesburg, on October 13 at the 34th annual Parker Lecture in Washington. The church said in a statement that Davis […]

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