Schools may lose $474,100 in taxes on unmined coal

Now might not be the time to joke with members of the Letcher County Board of Education and Superintendent Tony Sergent about getting a lump of coal in their Christmas stockings. As Christmas nears, it would be hard to fault Sergent and the board for believing that Santa Claus might reward them this year with money for a new school […]


3 to answer federal charges

A Sandlick man and woman and their daughter are summoned to appear in U.S. District Court in Pikeville on January 4 to answer charges contained in a federal indictment charging them with “devising a scheme” to steal more than $200,000 in disability and healthcare benefits. The summons was issued Monday by U.S. Magistrate Judge Edward B. Atkins. The indictment, returned […]

Indictment itemizes coal theft allegations

Three Letcher County men have been ordered to appear in U.S. District Court in Pikeville next month to answer allegations they conspired to steal valuable coal shipments meant for plants in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. On Monday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Edward B. Atkins ordered defendants Billy Joe Smith, Allen Rocky Madden Jr., and James M. Combs to appear in […]

UK’s Jojo Kemp ‘is all about team’

Vaught’s Views

Kentucky senior running back Jojo Kemp gets to close his collegiate career back in Florida where he was a prep standout when UK plays Georgia Tech in the TaxSlayer Bowl Dec. 31. Kemp was a freshman starter on UK’s 2-10 team but has played a backup role most of the last three seasons. Still, coach Mark Stoops said he loves […]

NASCAR’s letter to Santa

It’s a yearly event for me to be the one that gets to write the “official” letter to Santa on behalf of all of NASCAR. I have been doing this for more than 20 years now and let me say up front I have no control over whom Santa determines to have been naughty or nice. So keeping that in […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

For the angler on your Christmas list

This is the time of year we all celebrate Christmas and count our many blessings. We also get gifts for the special ones in our life. I think almost everyone has a fisherman in their family for whom they will be buying a gift for Christmas. There are many gifts out there and available for the fisherman on your list. […]

Fiscal court names board

The Letcher County Fiscal Court voted unanimously at its December meeting to approve six members to the newly created Letcher County Broadband Board. Judge/ Executive Jim Ward told the court this has been one of those rare times when he actually had people calling him to express an interest in serving on a board, rather than having to be asked. […]


Black Lung bombshell

Anyone who mines coal for a living — and, for that matter, anyone who cares about coal miners — will find this graphic deeply troubling. It tells an alarming story that we shouldn’t be hearing today, about something that shouldn’t be happening. The graphic appears in a December 16 bulletin from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), […]

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