She won challenge by losing the most

What started out as a New Year’s resolution has turned into a lifestyle change for Briana Profitt. The dental hygiene student from Neon signed up last year for personal trainer Brandy Cook’s 12-week fitness challenge at the Letcher County Recreation Center. It was January 1. Briana’s daughter Meredith was nine months old and she wanted to lose weight she had […]

House Dems to probe high drug prices

House Democrats announced a sweeping investigation this week of the pharmaceutical industry’s pricing practices, jockeying for the upper hand with the Trump administration on an issue that concerns Americans across the political spectrum. Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings said he’s sent letters to 12 major drugmakers seeking detailed information and documents about pricing practices for brand-name drugs to […]

Beshear wants opponents to release tax returns

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear has officially filed to run for governor, calling on his Democratic opponents to release their tax returns ahead of the primary on May 21. Beshear is the second Democrat to file for the race, joining former state employee Geoff Young. Two other Democrats say they are running: state House Minority Leader Rocky Adkins and former […]

Says Bevin is wrong to cut public access to Capitol and Annex

One of the most thrilling moments in sports is a game decided by a single point. We have all seen a team come from behind to win at the last moment, or to hold on to the lead as the clock runs out. No game is perfect, and it’s only natural to look at the impact of every missed opportunity […]

City may hike water rates

The Whitesburg City Council will spend the next month deliberating on a rate increase for city utilities and return with a decision at its February meeting. The decision to take a month to accumulate more data for a decision came after the council heard a report from Andy Lange, Assistant Director of the Kentucky Rural Water Association (KRW), who delivered […]

Grand jury indicts man on 38 rape counts

A Letcher County grand jury has indicted a Gilley man on 38 counts of rape of a child and related charges, including unlawful imprisonment and bribing a witness. Michael D. Williams, 57, of 12468 East Ky. HWY 221, Big Laurel, just across the line from Harlan County, faces multiple charges of first-degree rape of a child by forcible compulsion, first-degree […]

‘Streaming’ is now getting more complicated

Streaming TV may never again be as simple, or as affordable, as it is now. Disney and WarnerMedia are each launching their own streaming services in 2019 in a challenge to Netflix’s dominance. Netflix viewers will no longer be able to watch hit movies such as “Black Panther” or “Moana,” which will soon reside on Disney’s subscription service. WarnerMedia, a […]

Home items get smarter — and creepier


One day, finding an oven that just cooks food may be as tough as buying a TV that merely lets you change channels. Internet-connected “smarts” are creeping into cars, refrigerators, thermostats, toys and just about everything else in your home. CES 2019, the gadget show that opened Tuesday in Las Vegas, is showcasing many of these products, including an oven […]

Letcher County’s new fiscal court

NEW COURT – The Letcher County Fiscal Court sat for the first meeting of its first term Tuesday at a special called meeting to repeal actions taken by the previous court in December. Pictured are (left to right at table) District 3 Magistrate Maverick Cook, District 4 Magistrate William “Cheddy” Smith, Judge/Executive Terry Adams, District 1 Magistrate Jack Banks (talking […]

Isom woman hurt in wreck now faces charge of driving under the influence

An Isom woman was seriously injured after she crashed her car through a guardrail on KY 15 on January 4. Kentucky State Police charged the driver, Christie Sizemore, 38, of Isom, with driving under the influence. KSP received a 911 call at 2:39 p.m. on Friday that a car had flipped at Dry Fork, and that one person was trapped […]

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