2020-06-10 E-Edition

Woman describes encounter with bear

‘They’re not concerned at all about people,’ judge says of black bears

In the cartoons, Yogi was smarter than the average bear. A picture taken by a Whitesburg woman shows he has a protégé on Pine Mountain. “I go across the mountain to work every day — I’m the lunchroom manager at Arlie Boggs Elementary — and he was just standing there,” said Shannon Trent, who snapped the picture of Letcher County’s […]



INGREDIENTS  • 1 Pilsbury pie crust • 2 pounds Honey Crisp apples • ½ cup brown sugar • ¼ cup granulated sugar • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon • ¼ teaspoon sea salt • 1-½ teaspoons lemon juice • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter • 3 tablespoons fig preserves DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit Peel and core apples, cut in […]

Order to release jail inmates draws ire of officials here

Inmate release draws criticism

Cops can lead a criminal to jail, but they can’t make him stay during the COVID-19 pandemic. At least, not most criminals under an order issued in April by the Supreme Court of Kentucky and then extended at the end of May. Supreme Court Order 2020-45 allows for “administrative release” of many prisoners who don’t meet the court’s definition of […]

County school officials still not sure when (or if) 2020-21 term will begin

Schools to open?

Letcher County Schools haven’t yet decided how or if schools will reopen next year due to COVID-19, but the current plan would place students on a schedule similar to that used by colleges, and also allow for online classes similar to what was done this spring. Superintendent Denise Yonts said information from the state Department of Education is changing almost […]

Letcher kitchen delivered 130,000 meals since May

State and federal officials said Tuesday that CANE Kitchen in Whitesburg is the “most successful community kitchen we’ve ever had” in Kentucky. As of Tuesday morning, the non-profit organization had delivered 130,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture meals to families since the first week of May as part of the summer feeding program for families with children. State Commissioner of Agriculture […]

Letcher Fire and Rescue is upgrading

Letcher County will have a second Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulance service beginning in about 10 days. Letcher Fire and Rescue, which was facing financial collapse last year, has announced it will add paramedics to its roster pending approval of state inspectors. Letcher had an ALS ambulance service beginning in the late 1970s, but has had only a Basic Life […]

UK’s Devin Askew impresses national writer

Vaught’s Views

National college basketball and football writer Aaron Torres recently had a chance to spend time with incoming Kentucky freshman point guard Devin Askew of California and came away impressed. Torres wrote the book “One and Fun: A Behind the Scenes Look at John Calipari and the 2010 Kentucky Wildcats” and now covers UK basketball and football for Kentucky Sports Radio. […]

Calipari: ‘Where I am now is based’ on trust shown by African-American families


John Calipari is listening and learning. The Kentucky coach took part in a discussion on race relations during a webinar sponsored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. He joined former Oregon coach Ernie Kent, Houston coach Kelvin Sampson and Ron Hunter of Tulane. Frank Martin of South Carolina and Pat Chambers of Penn State also were part of the […]

Gabby’s Fishing Fever

Bass starting to move around some

It is getting time for bass to move from the spawning to post-spawn and to start moving around to new areas. After several weeks on the nest the bass will begin to move out and look for new areas to feed and hold around cover of some form. Some will stay close to shallow water areas where they spawned and […]