2020-04-08 E-Edition

Single COVID-19 case increases chance of epidemic here to 51%

FREE Odds of epidemic have increased

The single case of COVID-19 reported in Letcher County has increased the chances that an epidemic is already underway here to 51 percent from just 9 percent before that case was found, research from the University of Texas shows. The study by disease modelers at the University of Texas at Austin shows counties with no reported cases of COVID-19 have […]

Classes will end in May no matter what, schools say

Jenkins Independent, Letcher County schools still plan to halt classes in May

With kids home and doing nontraditional instruction days via the Internet, it might seem like school is already out for summer. But, in reality classes won’t end until mid-May, with or without the continued stay-at-home advisory issued during the COVID-19 pandemic. Letcher County Schools Superintendent Denise Yonts and Jenkins Independent Schools Superintendent Mike Genton both said their districts will, under […]

Hospital asks that citizens make and donate masks; also seeks baby monitors

FREE Hospital needs masks

Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital is asking for donations of homemade masks and baby monitors to help deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. In a conference call with community partners on Monday, hospital Human Resources and Education Coordinator Rachel Breeding said hospital employees have begun wearing masks anytime they are on a patient floor or staying at least six feet from other […]

Let’s not overlook Dontaie Allen at UK

Vaught’s Views

He didn’t get a chance to play in a game but that doesn’t mean Dontaie Allen was unhappy with his freshman season at Kentucky under John Calipari. “He said it was a great learning experience,” said Keaton Belcher, Allen’s coach at Pendleton County. Allen was leading the state in scoring his high school senior season when he injured his knee […]

Gabby’s Fishing Fever

We can still have a good fishing season

It is officially spring on the calendar and a lot of folks including myself are ready to get out and do some crappie fishing. Most of the lakes are being raised to summer pool and backwater areas are filling in and bringing new food into the lake system and putting fish like bass and crappie on the move to these […]

Struttin’ Time

Let’s escape into the ‘turkey woods’

Well, I am sinking more every day. With all the bad news, it is time for some good things to happen. It ain’t going to happen, not right now anyway. I can’t believe some of the things I am hearing about this virus. Some people are saying it is a political move, some are saying it is terrorism; all I […]

Coming to Facebook: ‘Coffee with Cal’


John Calipari is willing to do whatever it takes to help Big Blue Nation and the rest of the country cope with the current COVID-19 pandemic. Beginning Monday (April 13), the Kentucky coach will launch “Coffee with Cal” on Facebook Live in a series of segments that will continue for the next 15-20 weeks and serve as a national fundraiser […]

The Home Place

Cook Comfort Food Once, Enjoy it Twice

Cook once, eat twice. It’s a kitchen practice as simple as it sounds. Cook a base dish that can be enjoyed today and used for an entirely different meal tomorrow. For example, bake some fish for tonight’s dinner, and enjoy fish tacos for tomorrow’s lunch. With so many Americans preparing meals at home, the practice of cooking once and eating […]