Drop in unmined minerals tax bills is ‘unbelievable’

Unmined minerals tax bills for Letcher County properties are down $2.5 million this year, threatening to bankrupt the county, the school district and the special districts in the county, officials said. The Letcher County School District appears to be the biggest loser strictly in terms of dollar losses. The mineral property tax bills for the district fell a total of […]


Expect high power bills to stay, Jenkins officials told this week

High power bills are here to stay and the only thing you can really do about them is to try to save on costs by using electricity more efficiently. That was the message the Jenkins City Council got from representatives of Kentucky Power Co. at its May meeting. Customer Service Representatives Sheena Hensley and Bill Bettinazzi visited the meeting to […]

Pound mayor apologizes after Letcher residents threaten to boycott town

The mayor of Pound is apologizing after his observation about traffic fines helping to pay for a needed police vehicle drew outrage in Kentucky and threats to boycott businesses in town, Wise County and Virginia. “Traffic fines are a form of revenue, but I wrongly singled out Kentucky as a targeted contributor,” Mayor and interim Town Manager George Dean said […]

A dreamer picks her horse for the Derby

Vaught’s Views

Former Miss Kentucky Nancy Cox will again help anchor WLEXTV’s Kentucky Derby coverage Saturday starting at 8 a.m. So I thought it was only right to ask her about her Derby pick. “I did better with Derby picks before I started live coverage. I’ve hit a few winners, but more often than not I’m throwing away tickets like everyone else,” […]

Not hit limit? Time is on your side!

Struttin’ Time:

Got your long beard yet? It has been a great wild turkey hunting season for my friends and for me. I got two long beards in Kansas and Kentucky. The only state where I failed to connect was North Carolina, where hunting is always a mess. It is just a potluck hunt, brought on by the do-nothingto get-ready acts of […]

JGR’s struggles continue

Last season at this time, Joe Gibbs Racing was the organization all other teams were chasing after the organization’s four teams won five of the first nine races. In fact, JGR was joined by Furniture Row Racing in an alliance between two Toyota teams that basically put five JGR Camrys on the starting grid at each stop on the schedule. […]

Get your line and bait in the water!

Gabby’s fishing fever

I have talked to several anglers this week and most of them say they have been doing well catching bass and crappie. The weather has helped the fish to become more active and feed more. As a result of the recent nasty and rainy cold weather, some of the lakes got high and muddy and made fishing very tough. Many […]

Two sign scholarship offers

Take this sports quiz

1. Three times during the 1960s, a major-league pitcher won at least 20 games one season and lost at least 20 the next. Name two of the three. 2. Who was the first pitcher to finish in the top three of Cy Young voting for five consecutive seasons? 3. Cal’s Jared Goff set a record in the 2015 collegefootball season […]

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