Citizens urged to be on lookout for drug dangers



In the past few years, Letcher and other counties in eastern Kentucky have made positive efforts to combat the drug epidemic that has laid waste to much of central Appalachia and adjacent areas that are hit hard by the decline in industrial jobs. One of the efforts Letcher County has adopted is to support a needle exchange program to supply […]

Read this if you own property in Letcher County



Man charged with arson is 1 of 6 indicted by jury here



A Haymond man charged with setting fire to a building owned by a neighbor is among six people named in the most recent indictments returned by the Letcher County Grand Jury. The incident allegedly occurred July 13 at Highland Branch. James A. Webb, 52, of Highland Branch, “started a fire or caused an explosion with intent to destroy or damage […]

City seeking second grant to help with hotel project



The City of Whitesburg will seek $2.4 million in additional grant money for the Daniel Boone Hotel to build a penthouse suite and a rooftop event space, among other upgrades the nearly century-old hotel. The money would come from a pilot project of the federal Abandoned Mine Lands program approved by Congress in 2015. The pilot project, pushed by local […]

UK’s pass defense must be fixed

Vaught’s Views

Can Kentucky bounce back from last week’s heartbreaking loss to Mississippi? The Cats lost in the final five seconds when they gave up a touchdown pass with a 34-30 lead. It wasted another stellar running game from Benny Snell — who now leads the Southeastern Conference with 897 yards. Snell ran for 176 yards and three scores and became the […]

Lady Cougars complete outstanding season



The Letcher County Central High School Lady Cougars fell in three sets — 25-16, 25-12, and 25-11 — in their November 3 match with South Warren High School in the opening round of the Girls’ Volleyball State Tournament, held at Valley High School in Louisville. South Warren advanced to the Final Four before falling to eventual runner-up Mercy Academy of […]

Struttin’ Time:

The difference a year can make

Sitting here listening to real country music at 6:20 a.m. on the Sunday morning the time changed. You get up early or don’t sleep when your grand baby is visiting. I grew up, as most Struttin’ Time readers probably know, in the small coal mining town of McRoberts. In those days the most fun thing you could do was hunt, […]

Friends meet at rec center



We had a wonderful surprise at senior citizens this past week. After working out I went downstairs and, lo and behold, if there didn’t sit Rhuford and Colleen Hart. I was tickled to death to see them. It has been quite awhile since they were upstairs walking or downstairs at senior citizens either one. He said he felt good and […]

Strange But True



• It was 20th-century American author and social critic James Baldwin who made the following sage observation: “Ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.” • Have you ever wanted to test yourself against international competitors, but you’re not an athlete? If so, you might want to check out the WorldSkills Competition. Every two years, competitors […]

A long tradition of thanking our vets




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