Body of missing man is found

Authorities believe he died in crash of all-terrain vehicle

The body of Charles T. Fields, 35, was found around 9:30 a.m. today (December 1) in an overgrown field near the intersection of KY Highway 160 and Rise Branch, between Roxana and Kingscreek. “At this time it’s being treated as an ATV accident,” said Perry Fowler of the Letcher County Coroner’s Office.  Fowler said it appears Fields died from head […]

New panel will help fiscal court administer new Internet service

The Letcher Fiscal Court has officially adopted an ordinance creating a broadband commission to establish and administer high-speed Internet service in Letcher County. The court voted unanimously to approve the second reading of the ordinance at its November meeting. Judge/Executive Jim Ward will appoint seven board members to be approved by the court to staggered terms. The board will be […]


Changes in prison plan have prolonged approval process

The Federal Bureau of Prisons will revise its environmental impact statement issued in March 2016 for the construction of a federal prison at Roxana. In an effort to reduce the potential impact of the construction, the bureau is removing two parcels of the land from the area being considered for purchase, reducing the overall size of the prison campus to […]

Where will the Wildcats go bowling?

Vaught’s Views

Kentucky’s stunning 41-38 win over Louisville put the Cats in a whole different bowl conversation than it looked like they would be in this week. The win boosted UK’s record to 7-5 — and 7-3 in the last 10 games — and came over a highly ranked team. Georgia, Tennessee and Arkansas all lost games they were expected to win. […]

Struttin’ Time:

Columnist says good-bye for now

What a sad day it is for me. This is our last Struttin’ Time of 2016, and although we will say goodbye for a while, keep in mind hunting season in Florida will open again in mid-March. You and I are planning on being there. The waning days of all our seasons are near. Black bear season will open on […]

Hendrick is still on top

When Jimmie Johnson claimed his seventh Sprint Cup title last weekend at Homestead-Miami, it was also the record–extending 12th title for owner Rick Hendrick’s Hendrick Motorsports. Hendrick has won four titles with Jeff Gordon and one with Terry Labonte to go with Johnson’s seven. Hendrick was the first organization to win four consecutive championships, from 1995-98 (Jeff Gordon in 1995 […]

Music is more important than food

Merry Christmas! I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving with plenty to eat. It breaks my heart thinking of the ones who aren’t fortunate enough to have the necessary staples, much less the turkey and so much so many take for granted. Believe me when I say there have been times I didn’t know what having a fancy meal was […]


Breakfast with Santa planned

Check out our Facebook page for announcements and pictures posted after each event, pages/ Hemphill- Community-Center. Schedule of events: The Senior Fellowship will continue each week on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Don’t be lonely! Come hang out with this youthful, funloving group. Never a dull minute! Friday Nite Pickin’ Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m., Will Caudill and RT. 7 […]

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