State says only 36 miners held jobs here in 1st quarter

The number of coal miners still employed in Letcher County fell to only 36 in the first quarter of 2017, down 20 from the previous quarter, according to the Kentucky Quarterly Coal Report from the state Energy and Environment Cabinet. Overall, there were 6,261 coal mine employees in the state, down 216 from the quarter ending December 31. The majority, […]


Vietnam War casualty to be honored in special ceremony here on Saturday

Prior to Memorial Day, in small cemeteries across the nation, surviving members of the 589th Engineer Battalion Association – Vietnam will conduct flower placing ceremonies to honor each of the 26 individuals who died while serving with the unit in Vietnam. This is the third consecutive year members of the 589th Association have sponsored this program. The list includes Anthony […]

Study shows county water rates need to be raised $5

Water use rates for customers in Letcher County could go up if the Kentucky Public Service Commission accepts the results of a study done by the Rural Community Assistance Program (RCAP) at the district’s request. Jared Schmal, a Community Assistance Provider for RCAP, told the Board of Directors of the Letcher County Water and Sewer District at its May meeting […]

UK’s Mingione also deserves national award

Vaught’s Views

Kentucky did not win the Southeastern Conference regularseason baseball championship, but that could not keep Nick Mingione from being named SEC Coach of the Year by his fellow league coaches on Monday. In fact, one could make a strong argument for him being national coach of the year. Going into this week’s SEC Tournament, Kentucky already had 38 wins — […]

Will hunters be priced out of sport?

Struttin’ Time:

As I sit down to do this Struttin’ Time, I have woken up to the fact that our youth may not be able to hunt anything but small game in the future. Small game is all we had to hunt when I grew up. We spent days and nights hunting squirrels, rabbits, groundhogs, raccoons, and grouse. To hunt deer, you […]

Searching for clean air

You have to hand it to NASCAR and Monster Energy as they put their heads together to try and bring the sport one of the best All-Star races of all time. They went back to the original format and even gave the teams a special set of soft tires to use whenever they felt it was to their best advantage. […]

Get out and fish over the holiday

Gabby’s fishing fever

We have had some nice weather the past few days. It has really brought out the anglers as I have seen trucks pulling boats everywhere. I am glad to see so many people enjoying the great sport of fishing these days. I have seen a lot of people fishing in the river lately and some night fishing. This is the […]

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American Legion plan Memorial Day services

Memorial Day observances will be held Sunday, May28, by members of the Whitesburg American Legion Post158 at 39 cemeteries in Letcher County. The schedule is:7:25 a.m. Edd Sexton cemetery at Sandlick7:35 Tobe Richardson cemetery at Sandlick7:45 Charley Sexton cemetery at Little Colley7:55 B.F. Collins cemetery at Little Colley8:05 Hoover Collins cemetery at Little Colley8:15 Letcher Collins cemetery at Little Colley8:35 […]

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