2020-06-24 E-Edition

County’s voting results will be released June 30

Letcher County election totals won’t be known until June 30 because of mail-in voting, but machine totals at the one polling place open on Tuesday, as expected, showed more Republicans than Democrats chose to cast their ballot in person. Results posted on the door of the Letcher County Central High School gymnasium at closing time showed 356 people cast a […]

All county students, teachers to receive free ‘Chromebooks’ for online learning

County school board members still unsure about plans for fall classes and events

Letcher County Schools have ordered Chromebook computers for every student and every teacher to allow for online learning as the district tries to cope with challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Superintendent Denise Yonts still had no recommendation to make to the Letcher County Board of Education for when school will start. “We’re looking at mid-August or late August,” she […]

13 more are indicted

Grand jury charges 13 more in indictments

Thirteen Letcher County residents and a Knott County man are named in indictments by the Letcher County Grand Jury. They are: • Raleigh Dean Slone, 53, of 191 Madison Avenue, Whitesburg, who is charged with second-degree assault and kidnapping with serious physical injury. Slone is accused of assaulting Ruth Breeding and unlawfully restraining her with the intent to cause injury […]

Top point guard will pick school this fall

Vaught’s Views

Don’t look for point guard Kennedy Chandler to be a player that will let his recruiting process drag out during his senior season. “He’s not going to wait his whole senior year to make a decision. He’ll make it this fall, like maybe November,” said the player’s father, Kylan Chandler. “He wants to make a couple of visits when he […]

Gabby’s Fishing Fever

Crank baits are your friends now

With summer now in full swing a lot of people are heading to the lakes to fish and boat. Many campgrounds are reopening, but there are special guidelines nearly everywhere, so be sure to check all that out before you plan an event. As far as early summer bass fishing, it is a good time to be on the water. […]

Struttin’ Time:

Some chores for the off-season

All the hunting seasons are closed until August 15, the third Saturday in the month. Squirrel season will reopen on that date and there should be lots of squirrels to hunt. Right now is the time to sit down, take a deep breath, stack all your hunting gear around you, and do some cleaning. First take your hunting clothes, get […]

Stories bring back family memories


Well, another Father’s Day has come and gone, and this made 16 of them without my daddy, Marshel Tacket, and 14 without my father-in-law, Dawes Yonts. Both of these men were wise beyond their years. Men of that generation were a Jack-of-all-trades and taught their sons to be also. It amazes me sometimes what my husband knows about plumbing, electricity, […]

Strange BUT TRUE

• During the Great Fire of New Orleans in 1788, priests refused to allow church bells to be rung as fire alarms because it was Good Friday. As a result, 856 buildings burned during the conflagration. • Ancient Egyptians believed that men menstruated too and that blood in men’s urine and stool was a positive sign of fertility. Little did […]

COVID-19 still on rise

The number of COVID-19 cases continued to rise this week, with the Kentucky River District Health Department reporting the total number of cases in Letcher County at 14, up from 12. It was not clear where the additional two cases are, or who is infected. Other figures listed by the department add up to 12 cases, and state figures show […]