2020-12-16 E-Edition

COVID-19 claims another life here; 105 new cases reported

105 more COVID cases reported in Letcher Co.

The first COVID-19 vaccine doses arrived at Pikeville Medical Center on Tuesday. Employees of Appalachian Regional Hospitals, and nursing home patients and staff will likely receive the vaccine within days, health officials say. Meanwhile, at least one more Letcher County resident has died from the virus. The Kentucky River District Health Department announced Monday that a 69-year-old man from here […]

Coal employment has fallen to only 17 in Letcher Co.

Coal jobs, tonnage continue to fall here

Letcher County coal employment has continued to plummet over the past year, ending the third quarter with just 17 coal jobs here. The figure for the third quarter is down 81.72 percent from the prior year, but up from 14 jobs from the previous quarter. There were 1,679 coal jobs in Letcher County in 1988, the oldest county figures available. […]

Virus hits 38 patients at local nursing home

Nursing home did well to keep COVID away for as long as it did, official says

At least 38 cases of COVID-19 have now been identified in Letcher Manor Nursing Home, making it one of the last long-term care facilities in the area to experience an outbreak of the virus. According to the Kentucky River District Health Department, as of Monday evening, 21 residents and 17 staff members had tested positive for the coronavirus. Nursing homes […]

Bowden blossoms as multi-threat for Miami


A rash of Miami Dolphins injuries has given rookie receiver Lynn Bowden Jr. the chance he never had with the team that drafted him. With Miami’s top four pass catchers sidelined by the end of this past Sunday’s game against Kansas City, Bowden was busy. He had seven receptions for 82 yards, both season highs that led the team. “He […]

Somerset QB to sign this week

Vaught’s Views

Somerset coach Robbie Lucas felt that quarterback Kaiya Sheron had a better command of the offense this season than he did in 2019 when Somerset won the Class AA state championship. “Obviously it was his team this year,” said Lucas. “He got better each year here and this year he improved a great deal. I have never coached a Mr. […]

Gabby’s Fishing Fever

Largemouth bass are still biting

Everywhere I look I see nice bass being caught on lakes in several states. We have really had a mild winter so far and it has extended out the bass fishing season my several months. Many lakes in Tennessee and Virginia have had recent bass tournaments with a lot of nice size limits being caught. By this time of year […]

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Larry Maggard, 62, dies

Larry Gale Maggard, 62, of Kona, died December 14 at his residence. He was a son of the late Tate and Ruby Jean Shepherd Maggard. Surviving are his wife, Hester Fields Maggard; a son, John Tate Maggard of Whitesburg; two daughters, Sarah Maggard and Mary Beth Maggard, both of Whitesburg; a stepdaughter, Amanda Bolling of Whitesburg; two brothers, James Allen […]

Services set for Billy Sexton

Billy Sexton, 79, of Sandlick, died December 13 at Pikeville Medical Center. The son of the late Bill and Suzanne Sexton, he was also preceded in death by a son, Eddie Keith Sexton, and a daughter, Sharon Kaye Watts. Surviving are his wife, Dorothy Halcomb Sexton; a son-in-law, Robert Keith Watts; two grandchildren, Amber Hogg and husband Zachary and Chasity […]