Kentucky’s losing streak against Florida is 4th longest in nation

LEXINGTON Kentucky hasn’t beaten Florida in more than three decades. It’s a losing streak that has featured several close calls in the past 31 years including a 28-27 setback last year at Kroger Field. Despite the skid — the fourth longest in the nation — Kentucky coach Mark Stoops isn’t looking back on his previous five encounters against the Gators, […]

Services are held for Ernest ‘Dean’ Wilcox

Ernest “Dean” Wilcox, 74, of Mayking, died August 30 at Johnson City Medical Center. Born in Mayking to the late Claude and Maxie Kincer Wilcox, he was a brother of the late Dolly Wilcox Pollly and Ronnie Gayle Wilcox. He was a member of Millstone Missionary Baptist Church for many years, and was a retired route supervisor for Terry’s Snack […]

Swordfish steaks are a favorite for grilling

Swordfish steaks are a favorite on the grill. Their dense, meaty flesh keeps the steaks from falling apart. When developing our recipe, our first step was to choose thicker steaks, since thinner steaks overcooked easily. Since they can stay on the grill longer, the thicker steaks also pick up more smoky flavor. We found it was important to leave the […]


NOTICE OF INTENTIONTO MINE Pursuant to Application Number 867-0495Renewal In accordance with KRS 350.055, notice ishereby given that Sapphire Coal Company, 1073Riverview Street, Grundy, VA 24614, has appliedfor renewal of a permit for a surface coal miningand reclamation operation affecting 116.40 acreslocated 0.5 mile northeast of Colson in LetcherCounty. The renewal operation is approximately 0.5 milesnortheast of the intersection of […]

LCC soccer report

Letcher County Central’s boys’ and girls’ soccer teams stumbled slightly for the first time this season last week after both teams opened the year in strong fashion. The boys’ soccer team stands at 3-1-1 on the season after defeating Shelby Valley, 6 to 3 on Aug. 27, tying Belfry 1 to 1 on Aug. 28, and falling to Oneida Baptist […]

Thank You, from the Family of Danette T. (Whitaker) Valentine

I would like to thank everyone who supported my Kentucky family during the recent loss of my beautiful and loving wife, Danette! A special thank you to all the family and friends who opened and closed the grave at the Whitaker Family Cemetery on Mill Branch. To the Reverend Tim Amburgey who sang and spoke so lovingly of my wife […]

This brightly colored coleslaw is perfect side for many meats

When hosting a backyard barbecue, it is easy to decide to make ribs because everyone loves them. They are one of those universal foods. If you eat meat, chances are you love pork ribs. But it is a little harder to decide on the sides. Coleslaw and potato salad are the two most common barbecue sides with coleslaw being more […]

Tarlov cysts and back pain

DEAR DR. ROACH: I was a healthy female until I had an injury to my back. I experience pain and tingling in my right side, going down the back of my right leg. Sitting is especially painful, as is standing in one place for too long. Now the pain has started in my left side also. I have tried chiropractors, […]

An open letter to Letcher County citizens from the volunteer fire depts. serving them

Editor’s Note: Letcher County’s rural volunteer fire departments are having financial difficulties and must come up with new ways of raising operating revenue. Those fire departments address the problems they face and the steps they are thinking about taking to help them survive in the following open letter to county residents. Dear residents and business owners of Letcher County: There […]

Services held for Lee Banks Jr.

Funeral services for Lee Banks Jr., 77, were held September 4 at Whitco Pentecostal Church. Burial was in the Banks Cemetery at Ulvah. A son of the late Lee Banks Sr. and Jessie Walters Banks, he died September 1 at his home at Jeremiah. He was also preceded in death by a nephew, Gary Brian Miniard. Surviving are two brothers, […]