Plan to use fund to help depressed coal areas in doubt

A key Republican lawmaker has expressed doubts about President Obama’s plan to help mining communities reeling from the coal industry downturn. A key aspect of the White House’s Power Plus Plan, announced earlier this year, is speeding up the release of $1 billion from the coal abandoned mine land (AML) reclamation fund over five years. But despite strong lobbying from […]


Distillery to open September 23

Letcher County’s first legal liquor distillery will open its doors to the public next Wednesday. Kentucky Mist Moonshine coowner Colin Fultz said he hopes the distillery will be able to start selling its several varieties of moonshine on September 23, but must first get the government’s final approval for its labeling system. Regardless of whether the labels are OK’d or […]

Suit: School system’s failure to take action brought fatal illness

Evelyn Hall believes her husband would not be suffering in agony from a rare form of cancer if the Letcher County School System had moved quickly 27 years ago to take the proper steps required to remove asbestos from the Letcher High School building. According to Mrs. Hall, the Letcher County Board of Education on September 12, 1988 found through […]

Cougars claw to win in overtime, 44-43

The Letcher Central Cougars evened their record at 2-2 after a thrilling 44-43 overtime victory over the previously undefeated Central (Va.) Warriors. Jaylyn Williams rushed for 200 yards and five touchdowns for the Cougars including the deciding two-point conversion score in overtime. The Warriors received the opening kickoff. On third and 10 Central quarterback Dalton Mullins’s pass was intercepted by […]

Jenkins High golfer notches her fifth All ‘A’ regional title

A sprint to the 2015 title

It took seven months and 26 races to finally set the field of 16 drivers that now have the chance to run for the title, but beginning this Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway the schedule becomes nothing more than a 10-race sprint to crown this season’s champion. Winning is the easiest way to advance in the elimination-style playoff, but Ryan Newman […]

In high praise of today’s trail cams

Struttin’ Time:

I checked my trail cam yesterday and, to my surprise, there were eight different bucks ranging from a four-point to two different 10-points. Wow. Talk about shellshocked; I almost passed out. The pictures were taken within a 12-day time frame. The bucks have been in my bait pile all different hours, so the evening should be almost as good as […]

Don’t switch to fall pattern just yet

Gabby’s fishing fever

The weather seems to have started to cool off some, which gets many anglers ready for the early fall season. Even though it has cooled down some, the water surface temperatures are still pretty warm, meaning you will not want to start fishing more shallow in the typical early fall patterns just yet. That is a few weeks away. Right […]

Festival season continues with Neon Area Days