2020-04-15 E-Edition

Storm cuts power to over 5,600 homes here

Cleanup is continuing after high winds hammered Letcher County and much of eastern Kentucky on Sunday night, knocking out power to more than 59,000 homes — 7,723 of them here — and leaving uprooted trees and damaging winds in its wake. More than 39,000 were still without power late Tuesday, with more than 5,632 Letcher County homes still in the […]

Couple say virus both ‘frightening’ and very ‘painful’


Donnie and Amy Sexton, of Eolia, know firsthand what medical specialists mean when they say statistics on COVID-19 are like looking at distant galaxies through a telescope. What you see happened two weeks before. The two were in Lexington on March 13 for the last of his cancer treatments at Baptist Health, and had been nowhere unusual, they said, since […]

Police say not all obey regulations and closings

Kentucky is struggling to keep a lid on the number of COVID-19 cases by closing businesses and banning large gatherings, and most people here are complying, officials say. There have been some scattered complaints in Letcher County, but officials said most have been resolved. While the state has closed campgrounds, parks, and non-essential businesses, and limited essential businesses to one […]

Widespread power outages test stay-at-home advisory in Letcher Co., elsewhere

With the COVID-19 pandemic that has infected more than a half-million people in the United States alone, schools closed and all of Kentucky under a stay-at-home advisory, it’s hard to imagine a worse time for the electricity to be out. Add to that the fact that many people began receiving federal stimulus payments the day before the storm, and businesses […]

Derek Willis still hopes to play in NBA

Vaught’s Views

She might be more than just a little bit biased, but Keely Willis says the perception of her husband, former Kentucky basketball player Derek Willis, took a dramatic shift during his second professional season in Germany. “He went from not being known to being talked about by every team there in six months,” Keely Willis said. “The NBA remains his […]

UK’s Richards is 4th player to enter draft


Nick Richards wanted nothing more than to compete for a national championship. Although Richards fell short of reaching that goal during his three seasons at the University of Kentucky, he is ready to take the next step of his career and declared for the NBA Draft on Tuesday. “I’m sorry we didn’t have the chance to play for one this […]

NASCAR’s Kyle Larson fired after sponsors walk over N-word slur


As sponsor after sponsor dropped Kyle Larson after he used a racial slur during a live-streamed virtual race, his NASCAR team owner was backed into a corner. Chip Ganassi could let McDonald’s and Credit One Bank and Chevrolet pull their funding and bankrupt his team or he could cut ties with the driver he had plucked from sprint car racing […]

Struttin’ Time

Turkey season set to open — enjoy!

“ Then I awake and look around me at these four gray walls that surround me.” Porter Wagoner sang those words on his hit country song “Green, Green Grass of Home” in the ‘60s. Fast-forward to today, and that is what all of us are doing — held hostage by a virus, trapped in our own homes. At least this […]

The Home Place

Snacks are a way of life for people of all ages, but especially children, who consume about 25% of their daily calories from snacks, according to research published in the “Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.” Providing nutritionally balanced snacks for your children at home can make for a happy and healthy day. Planning snacks that are as delicious as […]