— Letcher County Central senior guard Brooke Bates shoots a free throw late in the fourth quarter of the Lady Cougars’ rout of Cordia on January 13. Bates, who is also pictured with LCC Coach Keith Baker in inset in upper right corner, sank the shot for her 20th point of the 74-19 win. The shot also marked the 1,000th […]

Allen pleased with how Calipari plays him

Vaught’s Views

While many Kentucky fans think coach John Calipari was stubborn for not playing freshman Dontaie Allen much the first seven games when the Cats went 1-6 and then overly hard on him when he did start playing him, Allen does not see it that way. “I think he’s hard on everybody. I don’t think it’s certain people. It’s just, he […]


— Jenkins won one game last week and lost four to leave their record at 2 wins and six losses going into Tuesday’s game at Paintsville. This photo shows Jenkins senior Jerrica Thacker laying the ball up in 59th District action against Pikeville last week at home. Thacker led her team with 12 points in the 79-40 loss to the […]


— Jenkins High junior Malachi Fields lays the ball in for two of his impressive 29 points in action against Morgan County last Friday. Fields led all scorers in the loss, which Jenkins followed up the next day with its first win over the season, besting visiting Riverside Christian 61-32. (Photo by Chris Anderson) You are unauthorized to view this […]

Struttin’ Time

It’s a good time to remember friends

We hunters are now in a kind of timeout. Rabbit, quail, grouse, and fur bearing seasons are still open for a few more days, then we are done for until spring turkey season. But the great memories of hunts with friends always flood our minds and stay long after the hunt is over. As I continue into my final years […]

Gabby’s Fishing Fever

Big fish can be caught at any time

It is looking and feeling more like winter as we move toward the end of January 2021. After having nice warm temperatures night and day, a lot of snow and cold wind has certainly changed all that. But it is midwinter, so I guess we should expect the snow and ice. When it was milder and warmer, bass and crappie […]

Jenkins star scores her 2,000th point

Jenkins Lady Cavaliers basketball senior Jerrica Thacker (1) crossed the 2,000-point mark in the team’s season-opening game on January 5. Thacker reached the milestone with a nine-point performance in the loss to visiting Johnson Central. She connected on a foul shot for her 2,000th point. Also pictured are, left to right, Jenkins Athletics Director Ashley Addington-Congleton, Jenkins Superintendent Damian Johnson, […]

Dontaie Allen has ‘given us hope’ with UK

Vaught’s Views

Recently Kentucky coach John Calipari tried to compare the emergence of Dontaie Allen to former UK stars Shai Gilgeous- Alexander and Immanuel Quickley because they both did not emerge as standout players until the middle of the season. However, the comparison is not quite the same. Gilgeous- Alexander started just two of UK’s first 15 games his freshman season before […]

Big night for Jenkins frosh

Jenkins High’s Emma Stewart had a breakout game in the opening round of the 15th Region All-A Girls Basketball Tournament against Paintsville. Stewart, a freshman, led all scorers with 21 points in the 58-46 loss at Appalachian Wireless Arena. That total followed a nine-point performance by Stewart in her team’s season opener against Johnson Central a night earlier. The Lady […]

Struttin’ Time

The case of the wandering hound

It feels good to be back with old friends, talking about hunting. This is a story from days gone by: Our gang, then-Letcher County Sheriff Steve Banks, his brother John, and former Deputy Sheriff Gale Dean Campbell were rabbit hunting on the Knott-Letcher county line around Redfox. Our dogs were running a rabbit when we heard a strange voice join […]

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