New circuit clerk is chosen; deputy resigns in anger

Circuit Judge James W. Craft II this week appointed Larry D. Adams to the office of Letcher Circuit Court Clerk for a two-year term left vacant by the retirement last month of Margaret Nichols. Craft’s decision angered two others who had sought the job Nichols held for 28 years. Adams, 62, of Pert Creek, was sworn into office by Craft […]

Petition against AEP’s high rates carries more than 10,500 names

An online petition targeting American Electric Power rates has gained more than 10,500 signatures in a little over a week. The petition, placed on, has a goal of 12,000 signatures. As of 3 p.m. Tuesday, 10,607 people had signed it. Jeff Pennington of Hazard, a customer of AEP’s Kentucky Power operating company, started the petition. He said he started […]

Brown takes office

Letcher County’s new property valuation administrator was sworn into office this week. Richard Brown, of Little Dry Fork, was to be given the oath of office at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday by Letcher Circuit Judge James W. Craft II. Brown, who had been working at Lowe’s in Hazard since his previous employer, Crawford Engineering of Whitesburg, closed its offices, said he […]

Rivalry ending as Jenkins swaps regions

We witnessed history over the weekend. The regular season district schedule for basketball games between Jenkins and Letcher County Central high schools concluded — maybe forever — Saturday with the two teams’ girls’ matchup at LCC. The night before, the boys’ squads concluded their regular season district play. In both games, the much deeper LCC teams rolled. And with those […]

Struttin’ Time:

‘That smell’ brings back memories

It is that time of year again. If you don’t believe me, just stick your nose out the door, and take a deep breath… Yep the fresh smell of skunk. They have been hit by cars along the roads trying to cross. It is mating season. Between now and the last of February you can clean your sinuses almost all […]

Points-a-plenty in 2017

Changes continue to be announced for the 2017 Monster Energy Cup season with the sanctioning body taking another step to ensure that every stop on the schedule will feature competitive racing from green flag to checkered flag. Last season produced both a very competitive regular season and Chase, but this year NASCAR will introduce both a new race format and […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Time to visit a smallmouth lake

This is a time of year that a lot of winter anglers go after the big smallmouth on known smallmouth bass lakes. Most of these lakes are deeper, clear water lakes with lots of banks that have small gravel-type rocks and weed beds or some wood type of deeper cover. These are prime areas close to banks that have deeper […]

Ex-UK star likes recruits

Vaught’s Views

It’s hard to find anyone who analyzes University of Kentucky football recruiting more than Freddie Maggard . The former UK quarterback and current Kentucky Sports Radio football analyst pours over game film of potential recruits to arrive at his own recruiting opinions that have nothing to do with the star rankings assigned by recruiting analysts. As Kentucky coach Mark Stoops […]

Court fires dog warden

Letcher County is again without an animal control officer. Jessie Fox was fired from the position, referred to by many as “dog warden,” this week after the Letcher County Fiscal Court met in a closed session to discuss a “personnel matter.” The court did not announce why it had fired Fox. In its meeting held Monday morning, the court also […]

Rites held for man found in store

Funeral services were held Sunday in Whitesburg for a 44-year-old Floyd County man whose body was found late last Thursday afternoon in the bathroom of a store at Neon Junction. Ricky Collins appears to have hanged himself in the bathroom of the Neon Dollar General Store, said Letcher County Deputy Sheriff Joshua Pease. Pease said he was dispatched to the […]

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