New superintendent wants every graduate work- or college-ready

If the new superintendent of schools for Letcher County gets her way, every student who is graduated from Letcher County Central High School will be certified as a career or college ready. Denise Yonts took over as Superintendent earlier this month. She replaces Superintendent Tony Sergent, who retired in October after about four and a half years in the position […]

Bill’s co-sponsors say it would help miners who suffer black lung

A bill introduced by Rep. Angie Hatton, Democrat of Whitesburg, and Rep. Robert Goforth, Republican of East Bernstadt, aims at reversing a state law that severely limits the number of doctors who can diagnose black lung. The law, which took effect in June, allows only pulmonologists who are also certified as “B readers” to diagnose the disease. Several hundred radiologist […]

Grand jury indicts eight

The Letcher County Grand Jury has named eight people in nine indictments. Tosha L. Howard, 31, of 107 Railroad Hill, Jenkins, is charged with second-degree assault, seconddegree escape, tampering with physical evidence, second-degree possession controlled substance (drug unspecified), third-degree possession controlled substance (drug unspecified), buy/possess drug paraphernalia, operating motor vehicle under influence alc./ drugs .08 (second offense) and be ing […]

Attorney claims harassment after police chase

A Pikeville attorney charged with fleeing and evading police in Whitesburg says the Kentucky State Police trooper involved had harassed him in the past and was supposed to have no contact with him. The incident occurred shortly before 11 p.m. on November 4 when James L. Hamilton allegedly drove 82 miles per hour on the Whitesburg bypass, and hid his […]

‘A normal kid’ who can really shoot

Vaught’s Views

Kentucky signee Dontaie Allen knows shooting is what he does best — and what Kentucky coach John Calipari obviously liked about the 6-6 Pendleton County senior. “I think I can drive, too, but I would probably give a nod to shooting as my best ability,” said Allen. “I do also think I am an underrated passer. I really like passing […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Weather heats up largemouth bass

As the weather has warmed back up a spike in activity is occurring in largemouth bass fishing. When the water temperature cools to 50 and below, largemouth slow way down as their metabolism slows down. On most lakes in our area the largemouth will move to deeper and warmer water. Smallmouth bass will be much more active in colder water […]

Struttin’ Time:

A good year is winding down

This year is almost over for Struttin’ Time, and what a fun journey it has been. Hunting in Florida in March with Ms. Kate at Watermelon Pond Plantation, helping a neighbor from Minnesota get his “Slam” after not giving up for two years, and then going out west in April to hunt Rio’s and Merriam with Gary “Doomsday” Harper. While […]

Joey Logano spoils Big 3 party, wins NASCAR title

HOMESTEAD, Fla. Joey Logano was the underdog in NASCAR’s title race, the driver few thought capable of keeping pace with the Big Three and stealing the title from one of the favorites. Logano proved everyone wrong with an upset victory in a season in which he only became a true contender once his Team Penske group started the postseason. He […]

Jones named SKCTC student of the month

Aaron Jones has been named “Student of the Month” for November at the Whitesburg campus of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKCTC). A second year student in the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program, Jones came to Southeast having already earned bachelor’s degrees in history and education from Eastern Kentucky University. Said Aaron, “I chose Southeast because it was an […]

Selecting a Plan That’s Right for You During Medicare Open Enrollment

FAMILY FEATURES E ach year between Oct. 15 and Dec. 7 people can make changes to their Medicare coverage options. Medicare’s annual Open Enrollment period started on Oct. 15 and ends on Dec. 7. This is the one time of the year for you to review your current coverage and decide if there are better coverage options based on changes […]

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