Neon city council assumes control over waterworks



The Fleming-Neon City Council voted to assume oversight of the day-to-day operations of the city’s water commission at Monday evening’s October city council meeting. After emerging from an executive session called to discuss a personnel matter, the council announced the decision. Later comments from city officials revealed that the water commission has been unable to keep enough members to conduct […]

Woman airlifted after one-car mishap



Large reward offered after vandals paint initials on observation deck



County business have chipped in to pay for a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of vandals who spray painted one of the new observation decks on Pine Mountain. The Letcher County Tourism and Convention Commission, with help from HOMES Inc. and volunteers, began building the three decks at overlooks on U.S. 119 South less than […]

Deputies find 1 of 2 suspects hiding behind big Teddy bear



The Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department has arrested a Neon man on drug and weapons charges, and another with a weapons charge after serving a warrant at Quillen Fork. Sgt. Alicia Congleton said she and Capt. Barry Engle on Monday accompanied a state Probation and Parole officer to the home of Randall Johnson at Quillen Fork to serve a warrant […]

Dorian Baker hasn’t been forgotten

Vaught’s Views

He might not be playing, but receiver Dorian Baker has not been forgotten by Kentucky receivers coach Lamar Thomas. Baker suffered a fracture/dislocation in his left ankle during a preseason scrimmage in August. He originally hoped rehab would help him get back on the field this season, but he understood he likely would miss the entire season, something coach Mark […]

Cougars will use week off to prepare for next 2 foes



The Letcher County Central Cougars have a much needed week off as they try to regroup and win the final two games of the season. The Cougars, who will be back in action next week against Whitley County, fell to district foe North Laurel last Friday, 43-7, in a game that saw the LCC defense give up more than 200 […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Bass fishing at its most exciting time

This can be a fast-paced and very exciting time to fish for bass and to be on the water. If you have never seen and heard a huge bass blow up on the surface chasing shad, you have really missed something. Trust me, bass exploding out of the water is something you will not forget very soon and it will […]

Struttin’ Time:

Deer season holds little promise

While scouting last week in Letcher County, I noticed the oaks are hanging full with acorns. That along with the dreaded “bluetongue” disease spells even more problems for our deer hunters. It is hard to get deer to come to the corn we have put out for them when their dinner table is full of their favorite food — acorns. […]

Whitesburg hopes hotel funds come soon



Delays in the release of federal funding could endanger the already fragile structure of the old Daniel Boone Hotel in Whitesburg as coming winter weather could pose a threat to the building if measures cannot be taken to protect it soon. At the October meeting of the Whitesburg City Council, hotel project architect Bill Richardson said that weather will be […]

If you’re not an addict, you know someone who needs help



Substance Abuse Disorder, what is it? I believe that Substance Abuse Disorder is that condition caused by an individual’s use of an addicting substance to obtain a pleasurable sensation, avoid pain or just to get back to normal, resulting in the individual’s dependence on and inability to discontinue the use of the addicting substance. What we know more succinctly as […]


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