New sheriff gives 30-day report

Letcher County Sheriff Mickey Stines, seen above counting out $3,000 in cash confiscated during a methamphetamine bust last week, has released statistics concerning the duties his office performed during his first 30 days on the job. Stines said he and his deputies arrested 47 men and woman after serving 117 criminal warrants, served 122 civil court documents, served 13 criminal […]

Most people to get food stamps early at least once more

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits issued early for February because of the partial government shutdown won’t be back to normal for at least another month, and another shutdown could be looming this weekend. The state Division of Family Support announced this week that it will be issuing SNAP benefits (food stamps) to most people on March 1 “to shorten […]

Council addresses signs, meters

The Whitesburg City Council this week conducted the first two readings of a new ordinance that amends an older one enacted in October 1965 relating to signs and outdoor advertising. The ordinance is enacted to protect property values, create a more attractive economic and business climate, protect the physical appearance of the city, and enhance the cultural character of the […]

Man pleads guilty in largest meth raid

A Bottom Fork man the Letcher County Sheriff’s Department arrested last year with nearly four pounds of methamphetamines has pleaded guilty in Letcher Circuit Court. Danny Robert “Danny Bob” Collins, 63, changed his plea from not guilty after two amended indictments were issued February 7. Letcher Commonwealth’s Attorney Edison Banks has recommended that Collins serve seven years for the meth […]

PJ Washington’s surge continues, scouts impressed

Remember back earlier this season when many speculated that Kentucky sophomore PJ Washington was hurting his NBA Draft stock with his play? Amazing how that changed with three straight double-doubles (the first by a UK player in five years) and five 20-point games in a six-game stretch after scoring 23 points in the win at Mississippi State last Saturday. “The […]

Career milestones

Several Letcher County basketball players reached milestones for scoring and rebounding recently. They include Jenkins sophomores Jerrica Thacker (bottom right) and Kristen Thacker (bottom left) and Letcher Central’s Greg Kincer (top right) and Emma Maggard (top left), all of whom eclipsed 1,000 career points scored this season. Jenkins freshman Lindsey Rose (right) also achieved a milestone, pulling down her 500th […]

Struttin’ Time:

There’s room in truck for a passenger

As we get closer to Florida’s opening day of turkey season, the more I feel the need to remind you hunters that my truck is heading down that way on March 12 to the Watermelon Pond Plantation. If you need to get your wild turkey “grand slam” you are welcome to ride with me. The season opens in Florida March […]

Cougars take 2 of 3 to improve to 17-9 as season nears end

The Letcher County Central Cougars improved their record to 17 wins and nine losses on the season Friday with a 56 to 52 win on the road at Stanton in Powell County. The Cougars hope the win keeps them on the winning track again after their six-game winning streak was stopped just one night before in Paintsville, where the Tigers […]

A little good news from Frankfort

While the effort to turn legislation into laws tends to dominate activity at the Capitol during the first few months of year, that’s not always the case. We saw a good example of that last week. On Thursday, for example, other legislators and I gathered in the House chamber to hear Governor Bevin give the annual State of the Commonwealth […]


I didn’t have space in last week’s column to mention another find in my middle desk drawer. Said treasure was yet another pre-Ziplock plastic bag containing about a dozen used, 1950s, vintage, “five and dime” store Valentines that were extremely popular with grade school children this time of year way back when. There’s a note from column reader Jeri Sloan […]

Category Pages are limited to 90 days. Please use the archive page or the search box to find older articles.