Ward says fees on gas wells, mines could solve crisis

The Letcher County Fiscal Court took the first step toward a longterm solution to the county’s chronic defect at its March meeting when, by a vote of five to one, the court approved the first reading on an ordinance to place a $2,500 per year licensing fee on all businesses engaged in extracting nonrenewable resources in Letcher County. The measure […]

Suspect in meth case named in 26 counts

The Letcher Grand Jury has charged a Pistol City man with manufacturing methamphetamine (first offense) on February 3 — one of 26 counts under which he has been indicted. Shawn Matthew Kiser, 33, of 163 Pistol City, Whitesburg, is also charged with possession of controlled substance (first offense, first degree), possession of meth precursor (first offense), fleeing or evading police […]

Conference room named in honor of former officer

Proposed budget cuts would hurt badly here

Budget cuts proposed by the Trump White House would affect government, education and community development agencies at nearly every level in Letcher County, decimating some programs that rely on federal funds, officials in multiple local agencies and organizations said. The proposed cuts would adversely affect schoolchildren, unemployed miners, college students, the elderly, nonprofit corporations and for-profit business, according to interviews […]

Willis was key in UK’s win over Wichita

Vaught’s Views

After Kentucky survived against Wichita State Sunday, a lot of attention was given to the way De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk and Bam Adebayo played, especially late in the game. However, not nearly enough attention was given to Derek Willis. Remember he’s the senior who has been blasted by coach John Calipari for three years and often criticized both by fans […]

We’re all South Carolina fans now …

Turkey season nears; are you ready?

Struttin’ Time:

Turkey hunters, beware, our time of the year is almost here. It has already started in Florida, although I passed up on that turkey hunt this year to hunt moose in October. Gone are the days when I would spend almost all the month of March in Florida following the wild boar, alligator and the Osceola turkey. I am headed […]

Newman ends streak

Ryan Newman’s crew chief Luke Campbell decided to roll the dice in the closing laps of the Camping World 500 at Phoenix International Raceway and leave his Richard Childress Racing driver out on the track with old tires. The first real heat of the season made for a very slick track that all but begged for new tires anytime a […]

Boat show always a great time

Gabby’s fishing fever

I have talked to a lot of anglers that have had some good bass fishing trips already on lakes in Kentucky and Tennessee. I have not got to go yet but would like to soon. I just came back from the East Kentucky Boat and RV Show in Pikeville at the Expo Center. I have been to every single one […]

How would budget cuts hit us here?

Here is partial list of programs affected locally by the elimination or reduction of programs in President Donald Trump’s proposed federal budget. Congress would still have to approve the budget for these cuts to take effect. In all, more than 60 programs or agencies could be eliminated with many more reduced significantly. Appropriations measures begin in the House of Representatives, […]

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