Major road change will affect Payne Gap



Realignment of US 119 North at Payne Gap will eliminate a deadly curve near the entrance to Fishpond Lake and create a new entrance to the Gateway Business Park at Jenkins. State statistics cover just five years beginning in 2010, but show 19 collisions between the end of the fourlane and the first cemetery at Payne Gap, a distance of […]

Police officer on duty at every county school



The Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department and city police departments have banded together to place officers in every school in the county beginning this week. The Letcher County Board of Education made the announcement Thursday after having to close schools repeatedly because of threats and social media rumors in the wake of the Florida school shooting. “We’ve tried to work […]

Catching up with ‘Blonde Bomber’

Vaught’s Views

He came to Kentucky known as the “Blonde Bomber” because of his bleach blonde hair and long range shooting ability. Jay Shidler laughs at the thought of the nickname now 40 years after he was part of Kentucky’s 1978 national champion- ship basketball team. “That’s how I came in and I had a decent freshman year and caught people’s eyes. […]

LCC star is ‘fans choice’



Struttin’ Time:

Counting down the days …

It is hard for me to believe that in 12 days I am out of here and headed to Florida to hunt on the Watermelon Pond Plantation with one of my favorite outfitters, Ms. Kate. She is what we remember in our minds when we think of the old-time plantation owners. The land was left to her by her father. […]

Gabby’s Fishing Fever

Crappie are biting in Tennessee

I have gotten reports about many nice crappie being caught in Tennessee lakes such as Cherokee Lake. I have friends that work around that area or have campers and homes down there and most are telling about some good numbers of crappie and some big ones being caught. I have fished this lake all my life off and on and […]

Jenkins hears about drug treatment effort



The top medical care providers in Letcher County will join with economic development groups and a Louisa-based treatment center to bring badly needed addiction treatment to the county. At the March meeting of the Jenkins City Council, Mountain Comprehensive Care CEO Mike Caudill told the council that MCHC has formed a consortium with Addiction Recovery Care (ARC) of Louisa. He […]

Roof collapse caused little damage to hotel



A roof collapse at the old Daniel Boone Hotel appears to have been a clean break of the roof structure that did not damage the walls of 98-year-old building, the architect in charge of designing renovations to the building said. The roof already had a hole near an elevator shaft that was built in 1976, and had started to sag. […]

Letcher initiative addresses opioid problem



The opioid and substance abuse epidemic has likely affected everyone in the Commonwealth in some way, shape, or form. While Kentucky has made great strides to those struggling with addiction, especially in the areas of offering both inpatient and outpatient expedited treatment options, the eradication of this epidemic must happen at home. That’s the crux of the HEAL (Help End […]

Arming teachers is a terrible idea



School shootings have become so commonplace that many students now identify themselves as the “school shooting” generation. Because of this sad situation, many people — exemplified by the NRA and President Trump— have proposed more guns as the solution. They seem to think that putting guns in the hands of teachers is the solution to a school shooting. From their […]


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