Letcher Judge/Executive declares emergency, closes county buildings to public


County buildings are closed to the public, and the county Office of Emergency Management has been placed on a full disaster footing.

2020-03-18 E-Edition

Restaurants doing their ‘best’ to stay afloat under new rules

Accepting ‘to go’ orders only

Chairs were turned upside down in Heritage Kitchen, and owner Brad Shepherd was on foot, delivering lunches in downtown Whitesburg. One day after Gov. Andy Beshear ordered restaurants and bars closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, business owners were trying to assess the impact to their businesses and their employees. Shepherd said the verbal announcement at 9 a.m. Monday […]

Watts is protesting fellow clerks’ plan to make residents drive for licenses

Watts urges citizens to protest license bill

The Kentucky House of Representatives has passed a bill that would force Letcher County residents to drive to Prestonsburg to get their driver’s licenses or state IDs. The Senate will now consider the bill. Letcher Circuit Clerk Mike Watts canceled his membership to the Kentucky Circuit Clerk’s Association after the group endorsed the bill, which will create 12 regional driver’s […]

Ex-cop accused of hitting ex-wife, another woman

Ex-cop is accused of assaulting two

A former Kentucky State Police trooper was arrested and charged with assaulting a police officer and fourth-degree assault of his wife and another woman at a Whitesburg bar Saturday night. Luke Pridemore, 35, of 111 Highwall Dr., Mallie, is charged with fourth-degree assault (domestic violence) with no visible injury, fourth-degree assault with no visible injury, third-degree assault of a police […]

Morris loved Italy, but happy to be home

Vaught’s Views

Having the opportunity to play professional basketball in Italy was an experience that former Kentucky basketball star Maci Morris knew would be unlike anything she had done before. It started out that way, too. She was leading her team in scoring, getting to see and do new things, and basically just having fun. Then the coronavirus started spreading throughout Italy. […]

Top trainer is just happy Kentucky Derby will run

The Derby in September? That’s the new plan

Change does not come easily to the Kentucky Derby. Fans sip mint juleps, don fancy hats and dress clothes and sing to the melancholy strains of “My Old Kentucky Home” as the thoroughbreds step onto the track on the first Saturday in May. It has always made the Derby as much a piece of Americana as a horse race. The […]

Gabby’s Fishing Fever

Carr Creek Lake getting better for bass

I have talked to a lot of fisherman and have seen a lot of pictures online of some nice bass already caught this year. Every year about this time Carr Creek Lake seems to give up some nice big bass. This little lake seems to get better and better every year. Soon some big bass tournaments will be held on […]

Struttin’ Time

Not every change is for the best

Nothing stays the same it seems, and in my opinion, not every change is for the best. On this day last year, I was in Florida hunting with my daughter, Nema Brewer-Candy, and my friends Richard Mullins of Mayking, Rhett Rossi,of Illinois, Jamie Morris of Colorado, and Mike North of Minnesota. We were after wild boar and the Osceola turkey. […]

Virus response includes lunches for kids

County, cities deal with virus

Kentuckians are battening down against a storm of bad news related to COVID-19, as schools, libraries, fitness centers and courts closed, the governor ordered restaurants to shut down to dine-in customers to stem the spread of the virus, and investors saw a stock market decline that rivaled Black Monday — October 28, 1929. As of Tuesday evening, 26 cases of […]