Ward says court must cut services if funds not raised

Threat comes after tax plan fails

The Letcher Fiscal Court this week defeated a proposal to place a six percent tax on insurance premiums in the county. Letcher Judge/Executive Jim Ward said that without the estimated $600,000 plus revenue the tax would have brought in, the court must begin deciding which programs and employees to cut. After County Attorney Jamie Hatton read the ordinance that would […]

Bridge is ordered closed



Murder trial delayed again



The trial of the first of two suspects charged in a January 1, 2014 stabbing death in downtown Whitesburg has been delayed again. The trial of Patrick C. Smith was set to begin in Letcher Circuit Court on March 17, but was continued by order of Special Judge Kent Hendrickson of Harlan County last week after Smith’s attorney, Tom Griffiths, […]

Draft budget calls for the end of VISTA, ARC



In 1965, Appalachia had few good roads, high unemployment and a reputation as a third world country wholly contained within the United States. Children were often hungry, medical care was far from many of the people, and grainy, black and white images of abject poverty streamed into television sets across the nation. Houses often had no running water, only a […]

Recruit should do well at point guard

Vaught’s Views

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is the only player in Kentucky’s 2017 recruiting class who is not a five star recruit. The Hamilton Heights (Chattanooga, Tenn.) point guard is a four-star, but ESPN national recruiting director Paul Biancardi is a fan and thinks he will do well at Kentucky. “I love him because he is steady. He is a solid, consistent player,” said […]

Big fish caught at Jenkins Lake



Torell Carter is 14th Region’s nominee for Ky. Mr. Basketball



Letcher County Central’s Torell Carter and Estill County’s McKenzie Flynn have been announced as the 14th Region’s candidates for the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation’s 2017 Kentucky Mr. and Miss Basketball. The candidates for all 16 regions, all high school seniors, were also chosen as regional players of the year by the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation in partnership with the Kentucky […]

A tough night awaits this hunter

Struttin’ Time:

We are on our third installment of following “Hoss” Collins, his fight against multiple sclerosis, and his urge to be back hunting and fishing. Hoss slept surprising well his first night in the wild, trying to show himself and the world he still had what it takes. If it was because of the strain or whatever of getting into the […]

A Monster year begins



It has only been three months since the checkered flag waved ending the 2016 Sprint Cup season, but during that span the series now has a new name, new point system, new race format, new inspection procedure and a new damaged vehicle policy. All of these will add to what should be one of the more exciting Cup seasons ever, […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Several nice bass being caught now

All this warm weather has got everyone ready for spring and ready to go fishing. I have seen several reports and pictures of some nice bass caught this year, some out of lakes and a few from rivers. I have seen bass caught in Kentucky and Tennessee lakes. I believe the worst of winter is over. What we have as […]


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