How a night of fun became nightmare for 4 friends who were out on town

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is an account of the events leading up to the stabbing death of Michael Hogg on January 1, 2014, taken from testimony at the trial of James R. Huffman IV, now in its ninth day in Letcher Circuit Court, and from witness documents filed in the case. The night of December 31, 2013, and January 1, […]


Jenkins sets holiday schedule

Jenkins Mayor Todd Depriest announced this week that city offices in Jenkins will be closed for four days beginning Friday, December 22. City Hall will re-open and city services will start up on Tuesday, December 26. Garbage pickup usually done on Friday will be picked up on Thursday. Recycling containers will be available in their usual locations. Depriest made the […]

Murder trial is now in 2nd week of testimony

Opening statements and testimony began on December 7 in the trial of James R. Huffman IV, charged with complicity to murder in the stabbing death of Michael Hogg about 2 a.m. on New Year’s Day, 2014. The following is an overview of this week’s activity in the case. Jury selection Jury selection took most of three days as attorneys winnowed […]

UK signee Keldon Johnson draws raves

Vaught’s Views

One reason that Florida signee Keyontae Johnson is playing at Oak Hill Academy this season is because he wanted to be on the same team as Keldon Johnson, a Kentucky signee. The two have been friends for years and Keyontae Johnson wanted to spend this season on the court with him before they start playing against each other in college. […]

LCC boys split two

The Letcher Central Cougars split a pair of games on the road last week and are 1-3 heading into week three of the season. After playing at 0-1 Belfry Dec. 12, the Cougars travel to 2-3 Cordia Dec. 14 and visit 0-6 Jenkins the following night, Dec. 15. The Cougars host June Buchanan Dec. 18. Eastside (Va.) 70 Letcher Central […]

LCC girls come up short in 2 close ones

The Letcher Central Lady Cougars dropped a pair of tough losses last weekend at Belfry and at Harlan Independent to lower their record to 3-2. LCC lost 63-57 at 4-1 Belfry Dec. 8, and then dropped a heartbreaker 55-46 in overtime at 3-2 Harlan Independent Dec. 9. The Lady Cougars will host 2-2 Breathitt County Friday night before traveling to […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Be careful if you go fishing in winter

It sure has gotten colder these last few days, but it is that time of year — and the time most anglers stay inside and wait until spring to start fishing again. This is fine, but there are a few anglers who will brave the cold and try to catch some type of fish. There are some fish, like the […]

Why we need ‘net neutrality’

We’re told by politicos, pundits and Internet providers themselves that access to the net is crucial to our educational achievement, future prosperity and ability to be self-governing. Yet, while this digital highway is deemed vital to our nation’s well-being, access to it is not offered as a public service — i.e., an investment in the common good. Instead, it is […]

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