Sports

Turnovers hurt LCC in loss to Union


The Letcher County Central Cougars will travel to Pike County Central High School in Pikeville Friday night with hopes of getting back on the winning track. The Cougars are coming off a 42-20 loss to visiting Union High School of Big Stone Gap, Virginia in a game that was much closer than the final score indicates. The Cougars got the […]

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Lifelong dreams can come true

Please allow me a few minutes this week to reflect on my past and to think about my “now” and my future. As a kid growing up in a coal camp — McRoberts — I was born to hunt and fish. Camping those days expanded our hunts for days. My dad gave me a book on hunting when I was […]

Gabby’s Fishing Fever

It’s top water explosion time

With summer almost at its end and the days getting shorter, the weather is still very warm and muggy at times. This means it will be some time before the bass move deeper for winter. As for now, the top-water bite is very much still on and will get even better as the season goes into early- and mid-fall. As […]

On ‘Key’ UK recruit and Ahmad Wagner



Donte Key won’t call it a dream come true for his son to have a football scholarship offer from Kentucky, his alma mater, but he also won’t deny it is special. “It’s something you envision or think about. You play at Kentucky and then for your son to get the opportunity to maybe experience the same thing is a true […]

LCC comes from behind to win – again!


The Letcher County Central Cougars, coming off their second straight win, will play their first home game of the season this Friday night when they host the Union High School Bears. Union High opened in 2011 after the consolidation of high schools in the Virginia towns of Appalachia and Big Stone Gap, where the new school is located. The Bears […]

Wife talks about coach’s cancer fight



Ask John Schlarman what his life might be like if he wasn’t coaching and he’ll tell you he doesn’t know because coaching football is all the Kentucky offensive line coach has ever done. However, his wife, LeeAnne Federspiel Schlarman, understands that well because she feels the same about being a coach’s wife. “I can’t imagine doing anything else. John was […]

Cougars come from behind to win


The Letcher County Central Cougars evened their record at 1-1 after a 20-19 come from behind victory over Bourbon County. A lightning delay kept the game from beginning until almost 11 p.m. After trailing 13-6 at halftime, the Cougars came out on offense in a power-I formation and simply wore down the Colonel defense in the second half for the […]

UK’s best recruiter – Cal or Marrow?



Recently a longtime University of Kentucky fan who has season tickets to both men’s basketball and football games posed a question that I was not sure how to answer. She wondered who I thought was the better recruiter — John Calipari or Vince Marrow. The more I thought about the question, the harder it became for me to answer. Calipari […]

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Rattlesnake episode among memories

This past weekend both made me sad and let the memories flow. You see, when I was growing up in McRoberts, the Labor Day weekend was the time we planned for all year, the time hunters left Letcher County and headed to Pulaski to squirrel hunt in the Daniel Boone National Forest, then named the Cumberland National Forest. Memories were […]

Gabby’s Fishing Fever

Fish a little deeper for more action

It is most definitely late summer and the hot weather is proof of that. This can be a good — but tough — time for some anglers to get out and fish. As I have worked underground all my life, I am used to the milder temperatures and cannot take too much of the hot weather outside. Still, there are […]


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