Female prisoners happy to be part of work-release program

The third time appears to be a charm for Rose Mae Newsome. Twice before, Newsome’s name has been in the news, both for a drug-related theft charge. This time she is being written about for doing something good. “This will be a better headline for me,” Newsome, 38, said during a break from picking up trash along the state highway […]

Fiscal court moving forward with effort to spread ‘broadband’

The Letcher Fiscal Court has voted unanimously to advertise for bids for engineering services necessary to provide broadband service for the Linefork area. Harry Collins, chairman of the Letcher County Broadband Board, asked the court during a special meeting last week to approve advertising for the bid because the engineering services will be necessary for the board to pursue funding […]

Grand jury indicts two in church bus theft case

The Letcher Grand Jury has named two people in indictments, charging them with possession of a church bus belonging to the Millstone Missionary Baptist Church. Michael Wayne Slone, 42, of Moonshine Drive, Whitesburg, and 714 Hales Branch, Redfox, has been charged with complicity to receiving stolen property and being a persistent felony offender. The grand jury says Slone acted with […]

UK fans still fond of ’58 starter Ed Beck

More than 50 years ago Dale Polley was living in Hopkinsville and he can remember his parents taking him to Madisonville to hear Ed Beck preach. “To this day I remember part of his sermon — pretty impressive for a young boy to remember something positive that long ago that happened at church,” Polley, who now lives in Nashville and […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Return to action several days away

It seems the weather has gotten some better and more stable. The air and water temperatures have risen some and have become more normal for this time of year. All the rain we had over the past few weeks really caused a lot of damage to our waterways and lakes. Major flooding and high water caused all types of issues […]

Struttin’ Time:

Let’s keep the animal ‘into the game’

I try each and every week as I write Struttin’ Time to keep you, the reader, and also you, my friends, informed about several things. You may not always agree with me, but remember, this is your article, and as long as your opinion is respectful we are alright with each other. Time has no value in my life anymore; […]

Lady Patriots turn up ‘D,’ stop LCC in 14th Regional

A smothering full-court pressure defense in the fourth quarter helped the Knott County Central Lady Patriots erase a doubledigit lead and go on to defeat the Letcher County Lady Cougars in overtime, 54 to 49, in Monday’s final game of the 14th Region Girls’ Basketball Tournament at Breathitt County High School. The Lady Patriots will continue their season at noon […]

Benny Snell Jr., Tim Couch will appear here next week at hospital-sponsored event

Two University of Kentucky football greats will be in Whitesburg next week for a presentation and autograph session sponsored by Appalachian Regional Healthcare. Benny Snell Jr., UK alltime leading rusher, and Tim Couch, former quarterback for the Wildcats and for the Cleveland Browns in the NFL, will be at the CANE Kitchen in the old Whitesburg High School at 12:30 […]

Where key bills are now standing in legislature


Time is growing short for the 2019 Kentucky General Assembly. Wednesday was the 25th day of a session that can meet no more than 30 days. The legislative process requires a bill to be passed by a committee and full chamber in both the House and Senate. If a bill has not advanced well into that process yet, it needs […]

Democrats are now the party of country’s liberal Republicans

The core political challenges facing Democrats are not the rise of those who proudly call themselves democratic socialists and the danger that Republicans will succeed in red-baiting the entire party. Instead, Democrats face formidable coalition management problems because they now provide a home to millions of voters (and scores of elected officials) who in earlier times might well have been […]