2020-12-09

2020-12-09 E-Edition

55-year-old decoration back on display

If this “Santa Claus and Reindeer” decoration looks familiar, you may have seen it outside the old Royal Crown Cola bottling plant at Ermine sometime between the time it was first displayed in 1965 and its last showing there in December 2010. Or you may have seen it in a much more fragile form when it was displayed outside Jenkins […]

Letcher Co. sees record number of COVID cases

COVID-19 is on verge of creating havoc here, in region

Those Thanksgiving turkeys appear to be coming home to roost. Tuesday saw the biggest single-day total of new COVID-19 cases in Letcher County since the pandemic began, with 31 new positive tests. The previous high number was Monday, when there were 24 new cases. That puts the total here at 577 cases, up from 498 on December 1. Of those, […]

Three sentenced after guilty pleas

3 plead guilty

Three Letcher County residents have entered guilty pleas in Letcher Circuit Court. They are: Michael Wayne Slone, 44, of Moonshine Drive, Whitesburg, who pleaded guilty to charges of public intoxication (excludes alcohol), use/ possession of drug paraphernalia with firearm enhancement, and three counts of possession of firearm by convicted felon. A charge of being a second-degree persistent felony offender was […]

Jenkins scraps parade

No parade in Jenkins

The annual Jenkins Christmas Parade has joined a number of other festivals and celebrations as a casualty of COVID-19. At Monday’s meeting of the Jenkins City Council, Mayor Todd Depriest told the council he has had several discussions about the possibility of staging the parade, but he does not believe it can be done without the possibility of spreading the […]

Stoops discusses the season’s ‘trying times’

Vaught’s Views

Trying to express the emotional strain his players went through this season was something coach Mark Stoops said he really could not put into words. It started during the offseason when linebacker Chris Oats, who was expected to be one of the team’s captains and best players, had a medical issue that left him in a wheelchair. COVID-19 protocols isolated […]

Gabby’s Fishing Fever

Catching crappie, other fish in winter

If you are planning a fishing trip you have a lot of really good lakes close by to choose from. And if you have a certain type of fish you are looking for, then there are great lakes around here for that also. Most lakes offer good cool weather angling for fish like crappie and trout. These fish are right […]

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Political Cartoon

Will Dems drop identity politics?


The days right after an election are an ideal time for political parties to work on fixing bad habits. For Democrats, that would mean kicking the increasingly dated custom of declaring race, ethnicity and gender factors in filling leadership positions. Demands on President-elect Joe Biden to put these considerations front and center show a failure to understand how politically poisonous […]