Miners travel to Washington to fight for black lung funds

Retired coal miners and supporters from Letcher County and elsewhere in Appalachia were in Washington last week to urge lawmakers to extend a tax that benefits miners sick with black lung disease. The excise tax paid by coal companies funds the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund, but if Congress doesn’t act the tax will decrease by about 55 percent at […]

Convicts, attorneys file lawsuit to halt work on prison


Lawyers from Pittsburgh and New Orleans, along with 21 federal convicts spread out in prisons across the United States, have filed suit against the government to stop the construction of a federal prison in Letcher County. The suit claims the U.S. Bureau of Prisons violated the law by failing to place documents concerning the prison construction in the libraries of […]

Teacher’s bond set at $250,000 cash after his arrest on sex-related charges


A teacher and former consultant with the Kentucky Department of Education is in jail with bail set at $250,000 cash after being arrested Friday for allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old female student. Charles Evans Hall, 45, of Jackhorn, is charged with third-degree rape, prohibited use of an electronic device to procure a minor for sex offenses, first-degree sexual abuse […]

Jenkins council hears complaints about roads


Problems with city roads were the main topic at the December meeting of the Jenkins City Council, which was shortened by illness and absences. Both Council Member Rebecca Amburgey and Water Plant Manager Bo Hopkins were absent because of being hospitalized. Toni Jenkins, who was not re-elected in the November election, also did not attend the meeting. Sammy Elswick, who […]

Is Quickley Cats’ answer at the point?

Vaught’s Views

If you want to know how good Louisville Moore defensive end/ linebacker J.J. Weaver is, let Western Hills receiver Wandale Robinson explain. “When you want to talk about freak, that is a freakish athlete right there,” said Robinson, a four-star player and winner of this year’s Paul Hornung Award as the state’s top football player. “That is somebody who is […]

Lady Cavs fall short

Kristin Thacker of the Jenkins Lady Cavaliers fired a three-pointer from the top of the key in Monday’s loss against visiting J.I. Burton of Norton, Va. Thacker sank four three-pointers in the game on the way to scoring 21 points, but the effort was not enough to give Jenkins its first win of the season. The Lady Cavs will spend […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Fishing was great during warm spell

Before this week’s cold spell, we had been blessed of late with milder weather that kept largemouth bass and crappie active and feeding. I have talked to several fishermen who had good bass trips in Kentucky and Tennessee. On Cherokee Lake in Tennessee, the bass were still active on top-water baits, but the weather turning cold will make the fish […]

LCC boys win opener

Gregory Kincer scored 32 points and Tyler Boggs added 21 to lead the Letcher County Central Cougars to a 94 to 76 win in their season-opening basketball game at Wolfe County Friday night. Kincer hit on 10 of his 13 field goal attempts and 12 of 16 free throw attempts to lead the Cougars. Boggs made eight of 12 of […]

Lady Cougars off to 3-1 start

The Letcher County Central Lady Cougars reeled off three straight wins to open the 2018-19 basketball season before falling Monday night, 69 to 43, on the road at Johnson Central. The Lady Cougars began play in the young season at home November 28 with a 90-19 win over Cordia. The girls then defeated home-standing Prestonsburg on November 30 (76 to […]

Santa Claus will ride in Neon parade

The City of Fleming-Neon will present a Christmas Parade on December 15 at 5 p.m. Santa Claus will ride in the parade, then visit with children in City Hall afterwards. Persons wishing more information about the parade may call James Collins at 634-7018.


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