W’burg council declines to cut booze tax in half

In a four-to-two vote, the Whitesburg City Council voted down a request to cut the excise tax on package liquor and beer in the city by half. Sandy Hammock, owner of Big Daddy’s Liquors in Whitesburg, made the request during a council meeting on Tuesday. Hammock said she felt the tax rate, four percent on spirits and three percent on […]

Accused robber is ordered held in jail under $500,000 cash bond

A 24-year-old Letcher County man will appear in court Friday afternoon to answer charges filed against him after he allegedly tried to rob a Jenkins pharmacy of its entire supply of the highly addictive prescription drug Xanax. Police say Dustin Cleburne Banks walked into the Rite Aid store in Jenkins late Monday morning and told pharmacy workers he would “blow” […]

State agency says Neon has to raise its water rates 14%

The good news for residents of Fleming-Neon is that work to rebuild their city water plant could begin by March 2017 and be complete within a year. On the other hand, the Kentucky Department of Local Government has ruled that in order to repay the relatively small loan the city will have to take out compared to the overall amount […]

UK at UofL: ‘Crazy things’ can happen

Vaught’s Views

It’s never too early in this state to speculate about the upcoming Kentucky-Louisville basketball game at the KFC Yum Center Dec. 21. Both teams are nationally ranked — again. Kentucky has been sensational offensively most of the season, Louisville has been one of the nation’s best defensive teams. So which team has more at stake in this game? That’s a […]

LCC defeats winless Jenkins

Gabby’s fishing fever

More tips on wintertime fishing

This time of year it can be hard to decide where you want to go fishing, especially for a certain type of fish. It pays you to do your homework about different lakes and choose wisely. Just a few months ago when it was warm and all the fish were active and feeding, going out to just about any decent […]


School site-based decision-making councils work, so leave them alone

School councils have served the schools and students in Kentucky well since being formed after the 1990 enactment of the Kentucky Education Reform Act, and we don’t see any reason to change that now. State Sen. John Schickel, R-Union, thinks differently. Schickel has introduced legislation that would shift some decisionmaking powers from school councils to superintendents. Currently, site-based decision making […]

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A perfect holiday gift: Subscribe to the newspaper

If you’re stressing over what to give friends and loved ones during this holiday season, I’m here to help. Consider giving them print or digital subscriptions — or both — to news organizations you regularly count on to provide strong journalism. That includes national newspapers and magazines, as well as local papers that anchor your communities. Keep in mind public […]

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