Huffman will be sentenced here on Jan. 18



James R. Huffman IV, convicted last week in the January 1, 2014, stabbing death of Michael Hogg, of Kingscreek, the attempted murder of three others, and the slashing of all four of their vehicle’s tires to prevent their escape, will be formally sentenced January 18. A Letcher Circuit jury recommended Friday that Huffman, 38, of Pikeville, be sentenced to life […]

Water rates going up 25%



The Board of Directors of the Letcher County Water and Sewer District has accepted a recommendation from the Kentucky Public Service Commission to set water rates for the upcoming year and the near future. At the final meeting of 2017, Kim Padgett of the Rural Community Assistance Program reported that the board had settled on a rate increase that will […]

Walgreens Pharmacy now runs Rite-Aid in Letcher Co.



Walgreens is expected to take over both Rite Aid Pharmacies in Letcher County by next month. Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc., the parent company of Walgreens drugstores, bought 1,932 Rite Aid stores, two distribution centers and the associated stock in October for $4.375 billion cash. It plans to complete the purchases by spring and rebrand the Rite Aid stores as Walgreens. […]

Will UK fans travel to bowl game?

Vaught’s Views

Friday could be the best day, worst day or somewhere in between for University of Kentucky fans. If the Cats beat Louisville in basketball in Rupp Arena — something coach John Calipari’s team is expected to do — then UK fans are going to be happy. If the Cats beat Northwestern in Nashville in the Music City Bowl — something […]

Girls win 2 before leaving for Florida



The Letcher County Central High School Lady Cougars are in Orlando, Fla., this week to participate in the KSA Events Holiday Tournament. The tournament, which runs through Saturday, Dec. 30, has a number of Kentucky schools participating as well as numerous other teams from both Florida and several other states. LCCHS, with a record of 6-5, was scheduled to play […]

Boys split two



The Letcher County Central High School Cougars are in Lexington this evening, Dec. 27, for a 6:15 p.m. matchup with Lexington Christian Academy in the Central Bank Classic, hosted by the 4-4 LCA Eagles. The Cougars are participating in just one game in the six-team, three-day Classic. The Cougars’ next game will be at home against 4-4 Leslie County on […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Did you forget to buy a fishing gift?

Although Christmas Day has come and gone, you can still buy a gift for that angler you may have forgotten. Most anglers are pretty easy to buy for and are basically happy with any gift from someone. I know I have received lures from family members who did not even know what the lure was. I took it and thanked […]

Happy, Healthy Meal Planning



Planning a full meal – appetizer, main course and dessert – can be difficult for many home chefs. Having an eye toward nutrition to go along with taste can make it even more difficult. Combine these two high priorities, flavor and nutrition, with these health conscious, full menu recipes for Tuscan White Bean Soup, Seared Polenta Rounds with Mushrooms and […]

Add ‘dash’ to your New Year’s diet pledge



With the New Year come new promises to eat better, lose weight, exercise and improve our health and well-being. The gluttony of the holidays combined with our good intentions for a new year have us redoing our grocery lists, our pantries and our diets. Some people are disciplined enough to eat modest amounts of whole foods. Others, however, appreciate more […]

Bill is welfare for the wealthy



Let me get right to the point. The recently passed Republican tax bill, not to put too fine a point on it, is a monstrosity. The Republican Congress has passed a tax plan in which more than 80 percent of the long-term tax cuts are given to the wealthiest Americans. These tax cuts for the wealthiest are offset by a […]


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