Wall back to ‘having fun and winning games’

LEXINGTON John Wall raised his arms, waited for the long pass from teammate Eric Bledsoe then rose up for a vicious dunk. The heralded Kentucky freshman screamed as he landed, then added a sly little smile before racing back on defense. Turns out all Wall needed to break out of his funk was a couple of dunks and perhaps his […]

Rites are held for James Brashears

James Brashears, 68, of Whitesburg, died January 26 at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington. A son of the late Hizzie and Cora Collins Brashears, he was a brother of the late Edly Brashears, Howard Ray Brashears, Bill Brashears, Cecil Brashears, Lou Brashears, Dixie Fields and Margie Banks. Surviving are four daughters, Angela Jones of Hiltons, Va., Joyce […]

Letcher woman sentenced in fraud case

A Cromona woman was recently sentenced to serve one year in prison after she pled guilty to Medicaid fraud. Tiff any Bentley, 29, fraudulently billed the Kentucky Medicaid Program in 2006 and 2007 for services provided to children in the First Steps Program, a statewide early-intervention program for infants and toddlers experiencing developmental delays. As part of the plea agreement […]

Gas well drilling technique leaves bad water behind

HARRISBURG, Pa. A drilling technique that is beginning to unlock staggering quantities of natural gas underneath Appalachia also yields a troubling byproduct: powerfully briny wastewater that can kill fish and give tap water a foul taste and odor. With fortunes, water quality and cheap energy hanging in the balance, exploration companies, scientists and entrepreneurs are scrambling for an economical way […]

Sledders have fun at Carr Creek Lake campground


I didn’t think we were really going to get all the snow that was forecast for our area, but it really did get here and the cold temperatures are keeping the snow on the ground. We had about eight inches of snow at our house and some had even more. Bob and I took Hunter Banks, Noah Campbell and Colleen […]

Cougars take Cavs

Letcher Central sophomore forward Kendall Ballou fought off Jenkins forward Ethan Bowling to make a pass during the Cougars’ 89- 25 win over the Cavaliers.

Services are held for Paz Abalos

Paz Villafuerte Abalos, 64, of Whitesburg, died January 23 at Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital. She was a daughter of the late Celso and Leonora Tiqui Villafuerte. Surviving are her husband, Dr. Antonio Abalos; three daughters, Eleanor Sanderson of Hickory, N.C., Antoinette Wadiak of Kernersille, N.C., and April Abalos of Lexington; a brother, Hermin Villafuerte of California; two sisters, Maria Baldillo […]

Higher taxes on old autos angers unaware residents

Some Letcher County residents have recently gotten a surprise when they walked into the clerk’s office to pay motor vehicle property taxes. Their bills increased from what they paid last year. “They don’t understand what is happening,” said Letcher County Property Valuation Administrator Randy Hall. “Anytime you keep a vehicle for another year and put more mileage on it, the […]