Jenkins will get a grocery store, city council told



Jenkins residents will soon be able to do their grocery shopping locally again. Jenkins Mayor Todd Depriest said officials with a company that owns a large chain of Save-A-Lot food stores told him that construction work on remodeling and expanding the former Casey’s IGA store in Jenkins should begin in April. Depriest said the excavation work behind the existing building […]

Recruiters are hoping new industries will locate here



Jenkins Mayor Todd Depriest, then the city manager, stood at the groundbreaking ceremony for Ferus Corp.’s liquid nitrogen plant in 2010 and listened while CEO Richard Brown told residents how much faith he had in eastern Kentucky. For Depriest, it was déjà vu. The last time he heard those words spoken at the Gateway Industrial Park, Drillers LLC CEO Leo […]

S.T.Wright dies at 92



Funeral services for Samuel “S.T.” Wright, 92, longtime probation and parole supervisor in Letcher and 10 other eastern Kentucky counties, were held March 8 at First Baptist Church in Whitesburg. Born in Millstone to the late Tilden Wright Sr. and Lydia Margaret Craft Wright, he died March 5 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. Mr. Wright was the widower of Gladys […]

Monk UK’s ‘most explosive’ player ever?

Vaught’s Views

Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops isn’t ready to even think about a quarterback controversy one week into his team’s spring practice. Stephen Johnson took over last season after Drew Barker got hurt and led UK to wins in seven of its final 11 games. He obviously went into spring practice No. 1, especially with Barker coming off offseason back surgery. […]

Cougars fall short in semifinal, end season with record of 24-9



The Letcher County Central Cougars, helped by Perry County Central’s poor free-throw shooting down the stretch, closed to within three points of the Commodores late in the fourth quarter of Monday night’s 14th Regional Tournament semifinal tilt, but fell short, 57-50. The Cougars scored three straight three-point field goals while Perry Central missed six straight foul shots to cut the […]

14th Region champion Knott Co. in girls’ state tourney Thursday



The Knott County Central Lady Patriots swept their way to the championship of the girls’ 14th Region Tournament last Friday, defeating Leslie County, 57-48. Knott Central advances to play Region 2 Champion Henderson County in Thursday’s opening round of the Girls’ Sweet 16 at BB&T Arena at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights. Tipoff time is noon. Leslie County advanced […]

Opening day will be here soon

Struttin’ Time:

Are you ready? Opening day of youth turkey season is just a few days away, followed the next weekend by regular season. Please find the time to take a child into the woods. The future of our beloved sport depends on it. I read an interesting article the other day. I learned that within the next 20 years, the structure […]

The Monster goes west



The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will head west this weekend for the mile-and-a-half track of Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the running of the Kobalt 400. This will be the first of three consecutive weekends of racing in what the governing body likes to call the western swing of the schedule. NASCAR made the changes to the schedule a […]

Expect lakes to start rising soon

Gabby’s fishing fever

Most lakes are at or close to winter pool. As soon as the temperatures warm on up into early spring, the water surface temperatures will rise slowly and they will start raising the water. Right now with most lakes low, a couple of basic fishing patterns will hold good for a while. One is fishing main lake areas with a […]

Police Beat: Calls to Letcher sheriff ’s office



Tuesday, February 21 • At 11:46 a.m., a Jeremiah resident tells the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Office that someone has stolen her mail from her mailbox and broken into a side room of her house, next to her porch, and she believes the neighbors did it. The sheriff ’s office drops the case after discovering it is already being investigated […]


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