2020-01-01

2020-01-01 E-Edition

Hotel project’s first phase expected to meet deadline

The last section of crumbling walls, floors and ceilings has been stripped out of the Daniel Boone Hotel and now lies in a mountain of debris beside the century-old building. Architect Bill Richardson said the deadline for completion of the first phase is February 14, and it looks like the contractors may make the deadline, because framing and roofing are […]

Organ donor list is on rise

The drive for more organ donors in Letcher County had pulled in scores of people in the past year, Letcher Circuit Court Mike Watts said. Since taking office a year ago, Watts has been seeking out organ transplant recipients and getting permission from them to put their pictures on the walls of his driver’s license office as a close-to-home reminder […]

Court will vote on resolution opposing any new gun laws


The Letcher County Fiscal Court was expected to insert itself squarely into a national controversy December 30 when it had scheduled a special called meeting for 6 p.m. to discuss passage of a “Second Amendment Sanctuary” resolution. The resolutions have become a staple of Republican-controlled local governments in several states. What started as a spark in early 2018, became a […]

Woman charged here with smuggling large amount of meth faces federal time

A Floyd County woman accused of smuggling a kilogram of methamphetamine into Letcher County from Atlanta, Ga., will be sentenced in March on federal conspiracy charges. Amy Jo King, 39, of 22054 Ky. Rt. 122, Bypro, Ky., pleaded guilty December 16 in U.S. District Court in Pikeville to conspiring with Gregory Phillip Chaffins, Christopher Azzel Moore and unnamed others to […]

Tyrese Maxey had no doubts

Vaught’s Views

The first time Tyrese Maxey hit a 3-pointer against Louisville last week one of the first fans to jump out of his seat was Tyrone Maxey, the UK freshman’s father. Considering Tyrese Maxey was 2-for-20 from 3-point range in UK’s previous five games, that was cause for celebration. However, his father, a former high school and college coach, gave him […]

Gabby’s Fishing Fever

Now’s the time for trout fishing

Curing the cooler months of the year — like now — many anglers choose to just wait for warmer weather before they start back fishing. This is fine, but they are missing out on some of the best fishing of the year for one fish. That fish is the colorful trout. The trout in our area are mostly the rainbow […]

Salome’s Stars


ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Events could inspire adventurous Lambs looking to make a major career or personal move. But as always, get all the facts before rushing into any sort of deal. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) What seems to be a great opportunity could cause even usually practical Taureans to ignore their inner caution cues. Best […]

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Push for ‘2nd Amendment Sanctuary’ began in Virginia



Note: The Letcher County Fiscal Court has been asked to adopt a resolution declaring the county a ‘Second Amendment Sanctuary.’ The fiscal court in neighoring Harlan County adopted such a resolution in December. The following story looks at the movement and where it began. BUCKINGHAM, Va. A standing-room only crowd of more than 400 packed the meeting room, filled the […]