WINTER BRIGHT SPOT — While Letcher County has for the most part been spared — knock on wood! — when it comes to measurable snowfall and bitterly cold temperatures plaguing other parts of the nation, the top of Pine Mountain has frequently been “snow capped,” resulting in its offering up many scenes like this one captured in a photograph taken […]

Jenkins plant may be ready for hemp work by summer

A hemp processing plant in Jenkins may be more than just a pipe dream. The head of a company planning the business said a date has been set to take possession of the former Ferus Corp. property at Jenkins, and could begin processing hemp by summer. “We’re at the finish line,” said Neal Spears, director of operations of East Kentucky […]

UK hoops legend visits to talk about his pill addiction

Basketball fans know Rex Chapman as a standout University of Kentucky Wildcat, and a 12-year NBA veteran who once scored 39 points against Michael Jordan. Phoenix, Ariz., police know him as a convicted felon who shoplifted more than $14,000 worth of merchandise from a store and pawned it. He knows himself as an addict who spent 14 years hooked on […]

Dad: P.J. is much more than just a scorer

Sometimes Paul Washington Sr. admits he gets a bit frustrated when his son, P.J. Washington, seems to be judged just by how many points he scores in a game. “You can look at scoring, but he’s just a winner. If his team needs him to score 20, he’ll do it. If it needs five points and eight rebounds, he’ll do […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Be careful if you’re out there fishing!

We are in that time of year when it will be sunny and 50 degrees one day and snowing with the temperature dropping into the teens the next day. Weather like this makes it hard to plan any type of fishing trip. You have to be very careful and safe when outdoors in the winter, as cold water and air […]

LCC boys take two in a row

The Letcher County Central Cougars boys’ basketball team improved their record to 12 wins against eight losses after winning games against Magoffin County at home (56 to 52) on January 28 and at Leslie County (63 to 51) on January 25. LCC’s Gregory Kincer scored a team-high 23 points, pulled down five rebounds, and dished out four assists to lead […]

Struttin’ Time:

This turkey hunt will cost you nothing

Time is flying by, with the month of January almost in the history books. First, some unfinished business: As of this writing, I have been unable to get the facts about the rumor that many of the black bear hunters in Letcher County last year were arrested after being accused of hunting over bait. I have sources looking into this […]

Lady Cougars improve to 12-5 on season

Letcher County Central Lady Cougars (from right) Autumn Wampler, Hannah Stidham, and Cammie Collins battled with June Buchanan High’s Jorden Tackett for possession of the ball during LCC’s 62 to 22 win over the visiting Lady Crusaders last Friday. Twelve LCC players scored during the game, Brooke Bates’s 13 points leading the charge. On Saturday, the Lady Cougars defeated Sheldon […]

Tackets add musicians to family tree

We just found out some exciting information about Marshel Tacket’s, my dad’s, ancestors. Daddy and his whole family had always enjoyed listening to the McKameys. They are a gospel-singing group from Caryville Mountain in Campbell County, Tenn., which is where Joe Tackett and his wife Peggy Ward Tackett moved from when Daddy was a young teen. Dad and Mom also […]

Enter our Valentine Contest

Go to our Facebook page for announcements and pictures posted after each event, www.facebook.com/pages/ Hemphill-Community-Center. On Feb. 6 we will announce the winner of our Valentine Contest. To enter our contest go to: (1) www.facebook.com/ Hemphillblacksheep (2) Scroll down to find the contest (3) Like the post (4) Share with three Facebook friends The winner will enjoy dinner for two. […]