Kentucky Power’s proposed rate hike drawing opposition

Kentucky Power Company is seeking broad increases in its rates and riders from the Kentucky Public Service Commission, a move that if approved would raise residential power bills by a company estimate of 16.84 percent. However, residential bills are not the only way the rate hike would increase the costs to consumers. The proposed tariff changes would also increase the […]

Construction to begin soon on old Boone Hotel project

Construction is expected to begin this summer on what could become Whitesburg’s first boutique hotel. The Whitesburg City Council awarded a contract on Tuesday to Richardson Associates Architects of Whitesburg to design the renovations. The council voted unanimously to hire Richardson Associates and will hire a construction company later. Exactly what will be done wasn’t set, but Mayor James Wiley […]

Fireworks shows set for Whitesburg, Isom

Independence Day celebrationsincluding fireworks will be held nextweek in the City of Whitesburg andin the community of Isom.Isom will celebrate the Fourth ofJuly on Monday, July 3 with a truckand tractor pull and fireworks atthe Isom Fairgrounds. The events,sponsored by the Isom Days Committee, begin at 7 p.m. and continueuntil 11 p.m.Whitesburg will hold its July 4celebration on Tuesday at […]

New Jenkins grid coach was top assistant at LCC

Matthew Chandler is the new head football coach at Jenkins High School. Chandler, originally from Whitesburg, is the nephew of former Whitesburg coach Doug Chandler. He served as head coach at the junior varsity level in Montgomery County and Rowan County and most recently served as offensive coordinator and assistant head coach at Letcher County Central High School in 2016. […]

UK legend Pat Riley ‘blown away’ by Bam

Vaught’s Views

Remember not long ago when some wondered if Bam Adebayo had made the right choice by leaving Kentucky after his freshman season to enter the NBA draft? Even as the draft approached, some mock drafts had him in the second round. Sure, Kentucky coach John Calipari said he could be a lottery pick, but the so-called draft experts were not […]

Summertime blues

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returns to Daytona International Speedway this weekend for the running of the Coke Zero 400. Even though the race is not the midpoint on the schedule, it is the unofficial halfway point of the season and the beginning of a 10-race stretch that will determine the 16-driver field that will move into the championship […]

Struttin’ Time:

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I am heading to Letcher County after I finish writing this edition of Struttin’ Time to be with the family of a lifelong friend, Millard Bates, who has crossed the Silent River. As I reflect I am delighted to know that many of my friends are still on this side of the river, including me. Every time I get back […]

Court agrees on $7.2 million budget

Letcher Fiscal Court has approved the second reading of the county’s proposed $7,237,189 operating budget for fiscal year 2017-18. The court voted unanimously to approve the budget in a special meeting June 23 after Judge/Executive Jim Ward told magistrates the Kentucky Department of Local Government has approved the document. The new budget, which is down $2.8 million from the $10.1 […]

City of Cumberland may help Letcher County area get water

The City of Cumberland is taking under consideration the possibility of an “interconnect” that would allow the Harlan County city to supply water to Letcher County residents who live along the Cumberland River. This decision comes after recent testing conducted in Cumberland and the completion of a hydraulic model of the proposed line extension, which includes tanks and a pump […]

More than 20 bands will play at festival atop Pine Mountain July 6-9

Supermoon, an annual music and arts festival at the summit of Pine Mountain, will be held July 6-9. The event at Wiley’s Last Resort will begin at 7 p.m. that Thursday and run through 7 p.m. that Saturday. The festival will feature more than 20 bands. Tickets are $55 presale through or $75 at the gate. Limited car camping […]

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