County will now look at 1 percent occupational tax



The defeat this week of a proposed six-percent Letcher County tax on certain insurance policies has given rise to consideration of a one-percent occupational tax on all employees who work inside the county, including those who already pay such a tax in the cities of Whitesburg and Jenkins. Shortly before 10 p.m. Monday, the Letcher Fiscal Court voted 6-0 to […]

Outside looking in



Cost going up for jail booking fees, warrants and summonses



The cost of going to jail will soon go up, as will the cost of getting court summonses and arrest warrants served. At a special meeting this week, the cash-strapped Letcher Fiscal Court approved the first reading of two new ordinances designed to raise funds through jail booking and other fees. Letcher County Attorney Jamie Hatton conducted the first reading […]

Black lung victims hope ‘ObamaCare’ stays



The room is filled with mostly men, all with gray hair, many with portable oxygen tanks under their arms. They’re sick, they’re scared, and they’re mad. This is the Southeastern Kentucky Black Lung Association, and every retired miner in the room is feeling the effects of decades of breathing coal dust. They worked hard, they have fought hard to get […]

Monk UK’s ‘most explosive’ player ever?

Vaught’s Views

Playing at Kentucky is the dream for many high school basketball players. Recently even Hillcrest Prep (Arizona) sophomore Josh Green, who only came to the United States two years ago from Australia, said he had that same thought growing up. However, playing at Kentucky can be as overwhelming at times as it is rewarding. Every game is on television and […]

Lady Cougars advance in regional



One inspiring hunting trip

Struttin’ Time:

As we finish our adventure with Letcher County native Hoss Collins and his fight to overcome multiple sclerosis so he can do the things he use to do, the pleasure has been all mine. The messages about this Struttin’ Time series have made me humble, hearing from people that have lived through family with the same infection. Thank you all, […]

Carter soars in LCC title win



Gabby’s fishing fever

Get out and catch some crappie

I have talked to a few anglers that have caught some decent crappie recently, but most were most were caught away from here in Tennessee and Georgia — areas that warm faster than we do. Anytime you have a warmer climate the fish will be feeding earlier in the season, but it will not be long before our lakes and […]

Christine Fields returns for brother’s funeral



Hello everyone! Missed talking to you all. Finally got settled in Greensburg, Ind., the city I lived in most of my life and a town I truly love. Miss all of you folks. The transition of moving has been very stressful for this old gal. My diabetes has gotten out of control. Hopefully on the mend now. So much has […]


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