2019-12-11 E-Edition


— The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow and the light from Christmas decorations might look delightful, but the forecast? Not so hot. Letcher County Schools dismissed early on Tuesday and have already canceled for today (Wednesday) as up to three inches of snow were forecast on Tuesday afternoon, with as much as five inches by morning. […]

400 here to lose SNAP food cards under new rules

Changes in food stamp (SNAP) regulations announced last week by the Trump Administration could cost up to 400 Letcher County residents their benefits, potentially affecting family members as well. The changes will take affect in April, and are expected to cause more than 3 million Americans to lose their SNAP benefits. The changes primarily affect able-bodied adults ages 18-49 who […]

Kopper Glo announces layoffs

Kopper Glo Mining last week laid off miners it hired when it took over Blackjewel mining operations from bankruptcy, saying they will be laid off until at least December 26. Blackjewel is applying to amend permits for several mining operations in the Partridge area and change the operator to Inmet Mining LLC. Inmet, with an office address in Knoxville, Tenn., […]

Ten county roads will be resurfaced. Did your road make the new list?

The Letcher County Fiscal Court will receive $235,824 in state “Flex Funds” to resurface 10 county roads. The court held a special called meeting December 3 to approve two resolutions to accept funds from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. The first resolution was to approve a Memorandum of Agreement between the court and the Transportation Cabinet to accept the money. The […]

QB Gatewood ‘perfect athlete’ for UK offense

Vaught’s Views

Auburn transfer Joey Gatewood will be the fifth highest ranked player to play at Kentucky since recruiting rankings were started in 2000 and two of those above him — LSU transfer defensive back Kelvin Joseph and four-star Michigan lineman Justin Rogers (who is expected to sign with UK Dec. 18) — will be his teammates next season. Gatewood was a […]

Jenkins, LCC boys still look for wins

Letcher County’s two boys’ high school basketball teams got off to a slow start, as both the Jenkins Cavaliers and Letcher Central Cougars lost their first two games of the 2019-20 season. Jenkins lost at Shelby Valley, 87 to 25, on December 2 before falling at home to Pike County Central, 63 to 36, at home on December 6. Letcher […]

Lady Cavs start slow

The Jenkins High School Lady Cavaliers stumbled to an 0-3 start to the 2019-20 basketball season with losses to Shelby Valley (74- 30), Paintsville (66-47), and Covington Holy Cross (64-28). Individual statistics for the three losses were not available. The Lady Cavs were scheduled to host Betsy Layne last night (Tuesday) before welcoming Leslie County to Jenkins on Friday night.

Gabby’s Fishing Fever

Looking for signs of fish activity

In the sport of fishing there are many signs that fish and nature will give to let you know there are fish in the area, including those who are actively feeding. Fishermen often get so excited and in a hurry to get started fishing they completely overlook the signs right in front of them. Sometimes if you will just slow […]

Lady Cougars are 3-1 after playing 4 games in 5 days

Coach Keith Baker’s Letcher County Central Lady Cougars opened the 2019-20 basketball season by playing four games in a five-day period and winning three of them. The Lady Cougars opened the season last Wednesday night (December 4) with a 63 to 58 win at Belfry, followed by a close, 68 to 65, loss to visiting Prestonsburg on December 5. LCC […]