Power bills may go up this week

Kentucky’s Public Service Commission will issue a final decision this week on Kentucky Power’s request to increase rates for its 168,000 customers in Letcher County and 19 other eastern Kentucky counties where the coal industry’s decline has put thousands out of work. Kentucky Power, a subsidiary of American Electric Power, is seeking a 9 percent rate hike for residential customers,anda3to7percent […]


Flu wreaks havoc here

As influenza cases reach epidemic levels across the United States, flu is being blamed for 12 deaths in Kentucky over the past six weeks, and hospital rooms locally have been filled with patients suffering from the virus. There have been more 430 deaths nationwide blamed solely on the flu in the past three weeks. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control […]

Cops: Meth suspect was passed out in Mercedes

A former Linefork man already under indictment here on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine is back in jail on methamphetamine trafficking charges after he was found passed out in a car at the Twin Bridges on KY 7 South. Eric Edward Shuffler, 36, of 1345 Old Piney Woods Road in Jasper, Ala., was arrested and lodged in the Letcher County Jail […]

UK’s Herro much more than ‘shooter’

Vaught’s Views

Kentucky signee Tyler Herro of Wisconsin is known as a 3-point shooter. Kentucky fans were delighted with his recruitment because John Calipari’s teams at times have lacked great outside shooters. However, Whitnall (Wis.) coach Travis Riesop says he’s much more than just a 3-point shooter. “He’s a really good offensive player but he has also really improved his defense and […]


Letcher Central splits two

The Letcher Central Cougars, who have struggled to find success in a very competitive first half schedule, split a pair of games last week — losing at home 84-83 to Paintsville before going on the road the next evening for the win at Phelps — to raise their overall record to 4-12. The Cougars visit Leslie County tomorrow evening, Jan. […]

Struttin’ Time:

He appreciates tips from Gabby

As another new year for Struttin’ Time began last week, I could not help but notice that Gabby’s Fishing Fever, the “granddaddy” of us all, is still going strong. Thank you, Greg “Gabby” Caudill, for the many years you have provided us with information on how to catch fish. I have always found your tips to be helpful. I received […]

LCC girls squeeze in win

After returning from their Florida road trip on Dec. 31, the Letcher Central Lady Cougars were forced to cancel Harlan’s visit on Jan. 5 and their district game at Cordia on Jan. 8. The Lady Cougars won easily 64-35 at district foe June Buchanan (2-7) on Jan. 10, to improve their record to 8-7 overall. The Lady Cougars are unbeaten […]

Gabby’s Fishing Fever

Fish await your bait in deep waters

Most fish will move to much deeper water in the middle of winter to hold until the spring warm-up starts. But some fish, such as smallmouth bass and crappie, will hang around in the cooler shallow water all winter, as they are not as affected by colder water and will be fairly active and continue to feed. Most fish will […]

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