Citizens may take power company rate-hike protest to state’s capital

Letcher County residents may expand their protest against a proposed Kentucky Power Company rate increase to Frankfort. Residents marched in Whitesburg on Monday, and were organizing mass mailings of complaints to the state Public Service Commission (PSC). Forty-six residents met last week in the Letcher County Courthouse to discuss strategy and swap stories of how they deal with power bills […]

City’s oldest retail store now 70

Whitesburg’s oldest retail store is now celebrating its 70th year of operation. The store, now owned and operated by Owen W. Wright Jr. and his wife, Barbara Belcher Wright, held its grand opening on Whitesburg’s Main Street 70 years ago this week, on July 26, 1947. This week also marks the 35th year that the younger Wright has managed the […]


State agency denies allegations in suit involving rental of judge’s office here

The state Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) has asked for dismissal of a whistleblower lawsuit that alleges wrongdoing and mismanagement within the agency, including the leasing of office space in Letcher County from a limited liability corporation the suit says is owned by a son of Supreme Court Justice Samuel T. Wright III. A review of records from the […]

Big things expected of UK’s Snell

Vaught’s Views

At this time last year, few UK football fans knew that much about the freshman running back Benny Snell from Ohio. Now most knowledgeable fans in the SEC — except maybe media members who left him off the three preseason all-SEC teams — know plenty about him. “Going from being a nobody last year to where I am now is […]

Kahne tames Brickyard

Hendrick Motorsports’ Kasey Kahne will finally get to read and hear some positive comments about himself this week after winning his first ever Brickyard 400 at the fabled Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Kahne has been the topic of NASCAR call in shows and the subject of many articles in recent months as there is speculation that his tenure at HMS may […]

Struttin’ Time:

Are you ready for archery season?

In less than 40 days, come hell or high water, our 2017-18 archery season for deer opens in the Commonwealth. Are you ready? If your answer to the above question is no, now is the time to check all your gear, tree stands, feeders, and if you are not hunting on your own property, check and make sure you have […]

Rogers touts vote to stop Trump from killing prison

A federal prison planned for Letcher County “will continue as scheduled,” says U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers. In a press release promoting the annual SOAR Summit in Pikeville August 4, Rogers applauds the House Appropriations Committee for its July 13 rejection of the Trump Administration’s proposal to rescind $444 million in funding previously secured in fiscal year 2016 for construction […]

‘Obamacare’ debate opens in Senate, but outcome is in doubt

WASHINGTON Prodded by President Donald Trump, a bitterly divided Senate voted, at last, Tuesday to move forward with the Republicans’ long-promised legislation to repeal and replace “Obamacare.” There was high drama as Sen. John McCain returned to the Capitol for the first time after being diagnosed with brain cancer to cast a decisive “yes” vote. The final tally was 51-50, […]

Do-it-yourselfers unite!

Planned obsolescence has long been a consumer expense and irritation. Now brand-name profiteers are pushing a new abuse: Repair prevention. This treacherous corporate scheme does more than gouge buyers on the original purchase. Using both legal ruses and digital lockdowns, major manufacturers are quietly attempting to outlaw the natural instinct of us humanoids to fiddle with and improve the material […]

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