2020-07-15 E-Edition

Food Pantry finally gets new home after a lengthy search

Letcher Co. Food Pantry in new home on U.S. 119

After years of searching, the Letcher County Food Pantry has a new home. The organization has completed a move to U.S. 119 North at Ermine in the old Pine Mountain Arts and Crafts Cooperative building. The food pantry has been operating out of a house on Madison Street in Whitesburg owned by First Baptist Church. It paid no rent on […]

Heritage Festival cancelled for first time in 37 years

The Letcher County Mountain Heritage Festival has officially been cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic that continues to plague the nation. The committee in charge of the festival met Tuesday night and made the final decision. “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and based on the recommendations of the health department after consultation from Kevin Nichols, as well as discussions with […]

County schools to open Aug. 26; cases now at 20

Schools set opening as COVID cases rise

Letcher County Schools are continuing with plans to open up August 26 among rising numbers of COVID-19 cases across the state and nation. The number of cases of COVID-19 in Letcher County stood at 20 late Tuesday, up from 17 a week earlier. The latest case, reported yesterday, is a 60-year-old woman. Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday announced 576 new […]

6 sentenced after pleas

6 sentences are drug-related

Six persons — five of them charged with offenses related to the possession of the highly-addictive drug methamphetamine — were sentenced in Letcher Circuit Court last week after entering guilty pleas. They are: • Stephanie Cornett, 32, of 205 Coal River Road, Cumberland, who was sentenced to two consecutive terms of supervised probation for five years each after pleading guilty […]

Reds know about interrupted seasons


Through player strikes and a lockout, the Cincinnati Reds have experienced notable moments with interrupted seasons. They think they’re in good shape heading into the latest. The Reds were one of the biggest offseason spenders, committing $165 million to five players in a roster overhaul. By signing the biggest free agent contracts in franchise history, they rekindled interest in a […]

After shedding tears on the bench, he’s a top UK recruit

Vaught’s Views
Sarr expected to lead at UK — if he’s eligible

From the time Kentucky started recruiting point guard Skyy Clark it was a “blessing” for the family. “Recruits dream of getting a call from coach Cal or his staff at Kentucky,” said Kenny Clark, Skyy’s father. “That is huge for these kids. Definitely an honor and speaks for all the hard work he has put in. “It was a special […]

Struttin’ Time

Wearing his mask? You can bet he is

After a week off for computer repair we are back and full of energy. With meat at an all time high — even if you can find any — I will be leaving for a week-long safari to hunt anything that weighs over 1,000 pounds and was brought to Texas years ago, some to save from being wiped off the […]

Gabby’s Fishing Fever

Plastic worms bring big bass

Every angler has bait he or she relies on to catch bass when all else fails. For many, including me, it is the good old plastic worm. This bait has been around for a very long time and has a bass catch rate and a big bass history like no other. There are a lot of ways to rig this […]

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