Banks wants judge to rule his opponent ineligible for ballot

The Letcher Commonwealth’s Attorney’s race may be decided in court instead of at the ballot box. Incumbent Edison Banks is challenging his opponent’s qualifications, saying Ellis Keyes is not a lawyer, as he claims he is, and is therefore not eligible to run for the county’s top prosecutor’s office. Banks declined to comment, but referred questions to his attorney, Adam […]


Ward declares emergency

Judge/Executive Jim Ward declared Letcher County under a state of emergency this week after heavy rain on Saturday damaged bridges and roads, and left motorists stranded in high water. The Kentucky Mesonet rain gauge at Whitesburg showed 3.36 inches of rain fell from Friday to Sunday, with rain falling at more than 0.6 inches an hour at its heaviest. Ward […]

Fleming-Neon escapes floods this time around

While much of eastern Kentucky and southwestern Virginia have been inundated by flooding from heavy rains, the City of Fleming- Neon was relatively unaffected in the past week. At the February meeting of the Fleming-Neon City Council, Mayor Susie Polis told the council that except for some problems with ditches that were full of debris, the city had avoided the […]

Can UK finish above .500 in SEC?

Vaught’s Views

Since I started covering UK basketball in 1975, only once have the Cats failed to finish at least .500 in SEC play. that came in the 1988-89 season — Eddie Sutton’s final season at coach — when UK went 8-10. The last time UK was below .500 before that was in 1966-67 when Adolph Rupp’s team went 8-10. Could it […]

UK foe Auburn is now where Cats usually are

The Auburn Tigers are in an utterly unfamiliar position. The 10th-ranked Tigers enter the final few weeks of the regular season chasing a Southeastern Conference title and a high NCAA Tournament seed. They’re right about where Kentucky, which visits Auburn Arena Wednesday night, usually is this time of year. “We’re not used to it,” Auburn forward Desean Murray said. “We’ve […]

LCC boys drop 2 straight

The Letcher Central Cougars lost 68-48 at home last week to Cordia and 68-37 on the road Feb. 10 at 18-6 South Laurel to drop the Cougars’ record to 7-17. The Cougars wrap up their season at home against 16-6 Perry Central tomorrow night, Feb. 15. The third seed Letcher Central Cougars will host the 53rd District tournament next week […]

Struggle continues for LCC girls

The Letcher Central Lady Cougars’ late season struggles against top flight competition, much of it on the road, continued last week with the Cougars dropping games at Harlan County and Shelby Valley. The Lady Cougars’ final two regular season games are at 19-7 Pikeville tomorrow evening, Feb. 15, and against visiting 6-20 Jenkins Feb. 17. The 11-14 Lady Cougars will […]

Struttin’ Time:

Turkey hunting’s mental challenge

With the days flying by like white lines on the highway at 60 miles an hour, the day for turkey season to open gets closer. Now is the time you need to ready yourself to give yourself every advantage to fill your tags. We talked last week about getting your hunting gear ready. Now I am going to try and […]

Salome’s Stars

Your 7-day horoscope for week of February 19 ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Stop being the wool-gathering Lamb, and start turning that dream project into reality. You have the ideas, the drive and the charisma to persuade others to follow your lead. So do it. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) You’ve scored some big successes. But remember that […]

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