Court fees going up by as much as $25 in some cases



By WILLIAM FARLEY By WILLIAM FARLEY The cost of services for the District and Circuit courts in Letcher County will go up as much as $25 per case as soon as the ordinance authorizing and directing additional fees to pay expenses related to court facilities becomes law. The ordinance was passed at the June meeting of the Letcher County Fiscal […]

City locks access to caboose



Whitesburg Police are investigating after a video posted to Facebook showed used needles other drug paraphernalia inside the railroad caboose on display near the Letcher County Veterans Museum. The city has now locked up the caboose to prevent any further abuse. Police said the city street department cleaned up the mess, which they said included dirty needles, burned spoons, and […]

Vandals destroy Fishpond Lake restrooms



Letcher County has temporarily closed the section of Fishpond Lake known as the Boy Scout Camp after vandals destroyed the restrooms there. “They ripped everything in there out of the walls,” Judge/Executive Jim Ward said. The area is a popular camping, fishing and picnicking spot at the county-owned lake. Ward said he has told employees to order replacement fixtures for […]

Internet scammers leave local man $2,900 in debt



The job offer — be a secret shopper at Walmart, get paid, and keep the merchandise the company paid for — sounded too good to be true. “It turned out it was,” said the Whitesburg man who got sucked into the scam, which asked him to keep a “commission” from the money orders sent to him, and forward the rest […]

In Fox, NBA team will be getting ‘good guy’

Vaught’s Views

It would have been easy to make a phone call, send a text or make a post on social media to announce her verbal commitment to the Kentucky basketball program. Junior Emma King of Lincoln County didn’t want to do that. She thought it would be more “special” for everyone if she went to Lexington to tell coach Matthew Mitchell […]

Who will get Dale Jr.’s ride?




CHARLOTTE, N.C. Brad Keselowski left himself very little wiggle room when asked if he is a candidate to replace Dale Earnhardt Jr. next season. Keselowski is in a contract year with Team Penske, and crew chief Paul Wolfe has already signed a multi-year extension to stay on. Keselowski? Well, there’s no signature on his new contract and the delay has […]

Struttin’ Time:

No moose hunt leaves writer sad

BY STEVE BREWER When I was a young man, Volkswagen made a car that was the envy of the world; it was the Beetle. It was a small car that was a haveto have, and just about everyone had one at one time or the other. In the early 1970s, Volkswagen ran an advertisement on television that had an elephant […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

The many benefits of bobber fishing

By GREG ‘GABBY’ CAUDILL One of the oldest forms of basic fishing is using a bobber, or a floater as many fishermen call it. Some anglers just about always use floaters for crappie and bluegill fishing, and even for catching catfish. But some anglers prefer to not use them much. It does not matter — just use whatever works for […]

Open window brought breeze to sleepers



Hello everyone! As summer has arrived with some humidity and hot weather, it takes me back to childhood in the mountains of eastern Kentucky once more. There wasn’t such a thing called air conditioning and I really don’t recall any fans. Mom raised the windows, and of course there were no window screens or screen doors. Mom would leave the […]

Rites held for Rev. John Harms



Funeral services for the Reverend John Harms, 83, of Jenkins, were held June 17 at the Beefhide First Alliance Church. Burial was in the Haynes Cemetery at Jenkins. Born in Crookshank Saskatchewan, Canada to the late Abram and Agatha Friesen Harms, he died June 13 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. He was graduated with a Doctorate of Divinity degree, was […]


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