Jenkins includes Sunday alcohol sales in new law



The Jenkins City Council took an important step in making the city completely wet at its first meeting of 2017. Following the required waiting period after last September’s election when voters in Jenkins overwhelmingly supported the wet initiative, City Attorney Randall Tackett conducted the first reading of the 25-page comprehensive ordinance, leaving out only parts that were already covered in […]

Broken sprinkler system trashes courthouse



Funerals set for young couple



Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon for a young couple who died at Deane early Saturday morning in what authorities believe was a murder-suicide. Tiffany Michelle Hatton, 23, and Mark Anthony Mullins, 27, were pronounced dead at the home they shared on Apple Tree Branch about 1 a.m. Saturday, said Letcher County Coroner Renee Campbell. Both Ms. Hatton and […]

Hogg defendant’s trial is still set for March 17



Special Letcher Circuit Judge Kent Hendrickson has denied a request by murder defendant Patrick Smith that all charges against him be dismissed because his right to a speedy trial was violated. “I find Smith has not been denied his constitutional right to a speedy trial,” Hendrickson said in an order filed recently. Smith is one of two Pike County men […]

Diallo was ready for UK, but not NBA

Vaught’s Views

Having Hamidou Diallo decide to start his college basketball career now was no surprise to Marc Allard, sports editor of the Norwich Bulletin in Connecticut. Diallo, a 6-5 guard, announced Saturday that he would start classes at Kentucky this week. He had graduated from Putnam Science Academy in Connecticut last year and had been playing there as a graduate student […]

A family story well worth sharing

Struttin’ Time:

Wherever we are, we find good people. Although I like to think everyone in Letcher County is a fine person, I know they are not. Here in Estill County, I have my doubts that there are many fine people, but I have found a family of them. They live across the road from me. Let’s take a look at them […]

The next Cup winner



The start of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is only a few weeks away and when the green flag does wave to start the season opening Daytona 500, over half of the field will have at least one series win on their resumé. Twenty-one of the 40 drivers that will make up the starting field will have already […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Time to reorganize your tackle box

Now is the time to just stay warm and plan your next trip when the temperatures warm up some. There are some fishing trips going on now, but you have to be very carful this time of year. Even just a few seconds in the water could be life threatening, so be very safe if you go out. This is […]

Mertie Caudill turning 90



I decided to take a little time to write a column and try to remember a few things. Happy upcoming birthday to Mertie Caudill, of Blair Branch. She will celebrate her 90th birthday on Jan. 14. We hope she has a wonderful birthday. Recently Don and Coreen Pridemore, Liberty and Noah Campbell and myself spent a couple nights at Barren […]

Appalshop receives grant from NEH



Appalshop, the Whitesburg media arts center, has received a $100,000 Humanities Access Challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The NEH funds with matching contributions will enable Appalshop Archive to enhance its public programming initiatives and improve access to its collections. In anticipation of the organization’s forthcoming 50th anniversary, these activities will celebrate its legacy while broadening and […]


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