McConnell brings out anger as retired miners head to D.C.

An election-year bill to fulfill a 70-year-old government promise and protect health-care and pension benefits for retired miners is dividing coal-state Republicans, pitting endangered incumbents against GOP leaders wary of bailing out union workers. Retirement and health-care funds currently support about 120,000 former miners and their families nationwide. But account balances have dwindled amid continued layoffs and bankruptcy filings as […]

Man, 26, in critical condition after falls mishap

A Whitesburg man is fighting for his life in a Tennessee hospital after falling from atop Bad Branch Falls, the second such incident in as many months. Emergency personnel responded to the popular nature preserve Saturday evening after 26-year-old Justin Lee Maynard fell from atop the falls, an estimated 70-foot drop, onto the rocks below. According to Pine Mountain Search […]


Attorney still wants murder trial moved

An attorney for one of two men charged in the January 1, 2014 stabbing death of Michael Hogg in downtown Whitesburg has asked Special Letcher Circuit Judge H. Kent Hendrickson to “alter, amend or vacate” his recent ruling that orders the trials of the two defendants to be held in Whitesburg. Pikeville attorney Robert Wright had asked that the trial […]

Fall festival fun moves to Neon for rest of week

The annual fall festival season will continue in Letcher County this week when “Neon Area Days 2016” kicks off in downtown Neon under the promise or more beautiful weather. The theme of this year’s two-day festival is “Families Connected Strong & True Generation to Generation.” The festival will officially kick off with an “opening ceremony” at 11 a.m. in the […]

New mines set for Appalachia

Mines are closing and the coal industry is facing a run of bankruptcies and other bad news, but a company backed by a $90 million investment is defying conventional wisdom by preparing to open two new mines in Appalachia, the hardest-hit coal region. The mines in West Virginia and Virginia will create some 400 jobs in counties where unemployment ranges […]

Stoops apologizes, as he should have

Vaught’s Views

Okay, there is no way to avoid Kentucky’s 44-35 loss to Southern Mississippi to open Mark Stoops’s fourth season in Lexington. Kentucky raced to a 35-10 lead in the second quarter and then just imploded with turnovers, poor tackling and few if any adjustments. Stoops apologized to UK fans after the game — and should have. It was an embarrassing […]


LCC falls just short

The Letcher County Central Cougars fell to 1-2 after a heartbreaking 23-19 loss to rival Hazard. The Cougars appeared to be on the verge of beating the Bulldogs after Quade Adams caught a 25- yard touchdown pass from Nick Sergent to give LCC a lead halfway through the fourth quarter. But the Bulldogs answered with a late score of their […]

Reception scheduled

An exhibit reception celebrating the artwork of Robin Goree, the Appalshop Gallery’s artist for September and October, will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 10, at Appalshop in Whitesburg. The event is free and open to the public; refreshments will be served and the artist will be in attendance. A resident of Virginia since 2000, Goree […]