Layoffs, furloughs of county workers to take place soon

Letcher Judge/Executive Jim Ward is being left to proceed on his own in taking actions necessary to bring the county’s budget into balance by June 30. In a three-to-three vote at its April meeting Monday, the court denied Judge Ward’s request to authorize actions necessary to bring the county’s budget into balance, which he said would probably include layoffs and […]

Murder trial is postponed after witness dies in wreck

The murder trial of James Richard Huffman IV, accused in the New Year 2014 stabbing death of Michael Hogg of Kingscreek, was delayed again this week after a witness scheduled to testify in the trial died in a car crash on Sunday. The trial had been set to begin with jury selection Monday. When court convened, however, Special Letcher Circuit […]

Struttin’ Time: $47.50 per year for seniors to hunt?

As the years fly by like the white lines on a highway, I often sit and ponder of things that were, things that could have been, and things that may yet come. I just returned from my Kansas turkey hunting trip, where once again I harvested two nice long beards. Once again, I hunted with my friends that I first […]

‘I root for him,’ documentarian says of Calipari. ‘I didn’t used to.’

Vaught’s Views

It took Emmy-winning director Jonathan Hock almost 20 months to put together the documentary, “One And Not Done,” on Kentucky coach John Calipari that aired on ESPN last week. Like many Kentucky fans have come to believe, Hock admits he perhaps had the wrong perception of Calipari until he had a chance to get to know him. “Cal is a […]

Setting up the summer run

The Easter weekend has always been an open date on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule and this season the open date is the last breather that teams will have before the long and unforgiving summer stretch of the schedule. Once the schedule resumes this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway, it will be 19 consecutive weekends of racing that […]

Bluegill fishing for good family fun

Gabby’s fishing fever

The weather is warming up some and the bluegill fishing is getting better. I think every angler got his or her start by bluegill fishing. I know I did when I was very young, and still to this day love to fish for these feisty little fish. Bluegill is one fish you do not need big fancy tackle or a […]

Community calendar

April 19 — Tryouts for the Letcher Central High School cheerleading squad will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the old Vocational School Building. Tryouts will also be held at 2 p.m. on April 23. For more information, contact Donna Perkins at or at 859-644-2031. . April 20 — A beginner’s beekeeping workshop will be held at […]


A pledge to fight hike on food tax

It’s hard to imagine how anyone could prey upon the elderly, how a con artist could hurt our parents or grandparents — the very people who helped raise and nurture us growing up. Family means a lot to us here in the mountains, and we continue to honor and celebrate our elders for their many gifts and sacrifices through the […]

Political Cartoon

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