2019-10-09 E-Edition

Rainfall (less than 1/3 of an inch) did little to fix drought

Rain Sunday night through Tuesday was far below the forecast possibility, and wasn’t enough to lift a ban on outdoor burning in Letcher County and most of eastern Kentucky. According to Kentucky Mesonet at Western Kentucky University, the state’s official source for precipitation and climate data, Letcher County received barely more than a third of an inch of rain since […]

Police accuse boss of sticking co-worker with insulin needle, say act was a felony

Police arrested a nurse/supervisor at Letcher Manor Nursing Home early Saturday morning and charged him with assault for allegedly sticking another employee with an insulin needle intentionally. Police said they do not know if the needle was clean or dirty, or if it contained any drug. The victim was kept in Whitesburg Hospital for observation because of the lack of […]

Cal: Quickley ‘not even same player’

Vaught’s Views
Cats to open season Nov. 5

Kentucky’s backcourt is getting a lot of national attention with the return of Ashton Hagans, last year’s SEC Defensive Player of the Year, and arrival of freshman Tyrese Maxey, who is already being projected as a 2021 NBA lottery pick. However, Kentucky coach John Calipari couldn’t stop praising sophomore guard Immanuel Quickley at UK’s Media Day. “Immanuel is not even […]

Cougars run out of gas at Harlan Co.

Letcher County Central fell by a score of 56-28 at rival Harlan County to make its record 3-4 and 1-1 in district play. The Cougars trailed by 28-21 at halftime but ran out of gas down the stretch. Harlan County received the ball to begin the game and used a 11-play, 60-yard drive capped off by a 10-yard touchdown run […]

Sea of blue: Rupp Arena unveils upper arena chair-back seating


A sea of blue is now deeper at Rupp Arena. The upper arena chair-back seats were unveiled earlier this week ahead of Friday night’s Big Blue Madness. Chair-back seats have replaced bleachers in sections 211 through 217 and sections 228 through 234. Bleachers will remain in sections 218 – 227 and 235 – 244. Rupp Arena’s new capacity is now […]

Gabby’s Fishing Fever

We have to take what weather gives us

We have had some relief from the hot, dry conditions in the form of some rain and a little more mild fall temperatures and weather. I was talking to one angler who had fished Carr Creek Lake recently and he said the water temperatures were still in the mid 80’s. This time of year the water should be in the […]

UK newcomer Tyrese Maxey seeking his piece of the bone


Tyrese Maxey is always smiling but don’t let that grin fool you. Although an upbeat and personable player, the freshman guard hasn’t backed down from anyone on the team, especially veteran sidekick Ashton Hagans. “It’s like two dogs and one bone,” he said. “Two pit bulls going at it … that’s how I describe it. We’re both very competitive and […]

New NBC show set in rural Kentucky debuts Thursday

Want to take a trip Thursday night to the Cumberlands? Turn your TV to NBC. A new primetime show that debuted last month is set in rural Kentucky and is worth a watch if you’re into a network comedy that kind of feels like a combination of “Glee” and “Community.” The plot of the pilot centered on a high-strung, down-on-hisluck […]

W’burg council acts on ‘dead’ getting water bills

Water bill from the City of Whitesburg will no longer be issued in the names of people who have died. At the October meeting Tuesday night, the Whitesburg City Council voted unanimously to change the water department’s billing procedures so that when someone dies, the meter must be registered in the name of a responsible party, bet it a relative, […]