Santa, children go shopping with cops

Kentucky State Police Trooper Michael Burton exchanged hats with Santa Claus during KSP Post 13’s “Shop With A Trooper” event at Walmart in Whitesburg on December 7. Pictured with Burton and Santa are Christopher Davis (left) and his brother Ben Davis (right). (Photo by Chris Anderson)

US 119 rebuild hits roadblock


A newly widened section of US 119 North between Pine Mountain Junction and Letcher County Central High School is open to traffic, but drivers expecting more of the road to be rebuilt will have to wait. Drivers concerned about the potholes and rough patching between Kona and Payne Gap will likely see improvements in the spring, highway department officials say, […]

Sheriff Webb: ‘It went by fast’


The first week of next month, Letcher County’s sheriff will take off his badge and retire after 46 years as state trooper and county sheriff. Sheriff Danny Ray Webb is the only sheriff in the county’s history to have entered office as a police academy graduate, and the only one to serve more than three terms in office. Until the […]

State auditor says local governments can’t give cash or food as bonuses

With Christmas less than two weeks away, local governments and agencies may soon hear a big “bahhumbug” from Frankfort. Public agencies that have for years given Christmas bonuses or holiday hams and turkeys aren’t legally allowed to do so, according to the Kentucky State Auditor’s office. The issue came up last year in a special audit of the city of […]

UK’s task at Louisville is now harder

Vaught’s Views

Several weeks ago Mike Pratt told me that he thought Louisville was being underestimated not only by University of Kentucky fans, but also nationally. His reasoning was that interim coach David Padgett did a solid job holding the program together last year after Rick Pitino was fired and left a good foundation for new coach Chris Mack, the former head […]

LCC boys now have record of 3-1

Letcher County Central’s Greg Kincer (No. 5, above) fought off a full-court press as he brought the ball up the court in last week’s 78-48 win over visiting district foe June Buchanan. Below left, Trevor Hardin (14), who scored nine points, fought hard for a rebound. At bottom left, Parker Williams (4) drove to the basket to drop in two […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Fishing slowly for crappie in winter

It sure looks like winter outside, but for those anglers still looking to go fishing might want to give crappie some thought. Crappie are one of the fish that are not as bothered by the colder water. Along with smallmouth bass and trout, they will remain active and feed in colder water during most of the winter. As with any […]

Leave federal trust fund in place to help black lung victims

With the incidence of black lung disease among coal miners again on the rise, now is not the time to put benefits that help miners with the disease in jeopardy. But if Congress doesn’t act by the end of the year, which is fast approaching, the extent of those benefits could drop sharply. The issue has to do with the […]

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Facing pressure, McConnell agrees to criminal justice vote



WASHINGTON Under pressure from President Donald Trump and many of his Republican colleagues, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he will bring legislation to the floor to overhaul the nation’s sentencing laws. McConnell’s decision comes after more than three years of overtures from a large, bipartisan group of senators who support the criminal justice bill, including Senate Judiciary […]


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