2020-05-27 E-Edition

Local businesses reopen with mixed results

Most businesses and some government offices are open again, but under strict new rules for social distancing, after nearly two months of closure due to COVID-19. The slow rollout of openings began about two weeks ago, and so far Kentucky has not yet seen a large spike in cases of the disease. Some government offices reopened May 18, and public […]

Some voting may begin this Friday

Kentucky voters who intend to vote by mail-in ballot may do so by signing up for a ballot online now, and Letcher County residents might be able to vote in person beginning Friday. The Friday opening for the absentee machine in the Letcher County Clerk’s office is still up in the air, since the company that supplies the voting machines […]

Steve Earle’s ‘Ghosts’ looks at coal miners’ plight in explosion

Audio Review

Steve Earle & the Dukes, “Ghosts of West Virginia” (New West) Contemplating the treacherous political landscape of West Virginia, Steve Earle decided to build a bridge. The singer-songwriter known for his liberal views undertook a project that would speak for the other side on the issue of coal mining. Earle’s empathetic attempt to address the divide has resulted in one […]

Top recruit plans to be ‘fan friendly’ at UK

Vaught’s Views

Five-star defensive lineman Justin Rogers is the highest rated recruit — he’s a top 20 player nationally — that coach Mark Stoops has signed at UK but he doesn’t want fans thinking he has a superstar mentality. “If you do see me, just come up to me and talk to me. Don’t be shy and not come up to me,” […]

Gabby’s Fishing Fever

Enjoy the outdoors, but obey rules

As a lot of the pandemic-related restrictions are being lifted, many lovers of the outdoors are getting back out and enjoying all the things they enjoy doing. I think camping is going to reopen around June 10 across most of Kentucky. People have already been fishing for a while, and the fishing is really good now. I continue to see […]

Struttin’ Time

Part two: The ‘truth’ about hunting

Squirrel season is now in full swing and the weather is hot and muggy. Would we have it any other way? Once again let me thank Ralph Brown of West Liberty, a longtime Struttin’ Time reader, for the outstanding column he sent to me that was written by Richard Stamper of the Wolfe County News. We left off last week […]

Fishpond Lake is beautiful place


Of all the beautiful places in Letcher County, in my opinion, Fishpond Lake at Payne Gap is the prettiest. My husband and his three brothers have fished this lake since they were young teenagers. They have taken their families there for campouts many times. They have boat fished it and bank fished it. My husband has taken thousands of pictures […]

Black Sheep Bakery now receiving much attention


Check out our websites: www.blacksheepbrickoven.org and www.hemphillcenter.org and our Facebook pages please. We are excited that Black Sheep is getting lots of attention. Week before last we were featured in Freethink. Last week we were a feature in Goodnet.org, an online publication about folks doing good work. We are honored to be included in the long list of those working […]

Services held for Ann Gish

Ann Gish, 67 of Wise, Virginia, passed away Sunday, May 24, 2020 at the Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tennessee. Ann was the daughter of the late Thomas and Patricia Burnett Gish. Surviving are two brothers: Ben Gish of Thornton and Ray Gish (Steve) of Brooklyn, New York; two sisters: Sarah Oakes (Freddy) of Thornton and Kitty Gish (Doug) […]