2021-01-13 E-Edition


— At left, House Minority Whip Angie Hatton, D-Whitesburg, comments on House Bill 1, a bill relating to the reopening of the economy, in the House of Representatives in Frankfort. At right, Sen. Johnnie Turner, R-Harlan, speaks during a discussion of recent events in the Senate. The two are representing Letcher County in the current session of the Kentucky General […]

Mining company goes high-tech to dig more than coal in region

Firm mines more than coal

American Resources Corporation, which purchased Deane Mining and several other area coal companies from bankruptcy, is taking mining here in a new, high-tech direction. The company will be mining metallurgical coal but it will also be mining rare-earth minerals, powering mines with solar energy, recycling old mining equipment, and producing graphene, a form of carbon that science is only now […]

Want a vaccine for COVID-19? Get on list now

Sign up now to get on list for COVID shot

Essential workers and other Letcher Countians who want to get the COVID-19 vaccine should call the local health department and sign up now. Residents can call 633-2945 and asked to be put on a list for the vaccine or visit the Letcher County Health Department on Facebook and complete a vaccine questionnaire that was posted online January 8. The Kentucky […]

Man who shot girlfriend now faces meth charges

Shell facing charges …

Deputies serving a first-degree assault warrant on a man who allegedly shot his girlfriend have now charged him with trafficking in methamphetamine as well. According to the citation, Deputy Seth Whitaker responded to a call that Dustin Shell was outside a home waiting for his girlfriend to come out and was in possession of a gun. Whitaker located the vehicle […]

Jenkins star scores her 2,000th point

Jenkins Lady Cavaliers basketball senior Jerrica Thacker (1) crossed the 2,000-point mark in the team’s season-opening game on January 5. Thacker reached the milestone with a nine-point performance in the loss to visiting Johnson Central. She connected on a foul shot for her 2,000th point. Also pictured are, left to right, Jenkins Athletics Director Ashley Addington-Congleton, Jenkins Superintendent Damian Johnson, […]

Dontaie Allen has ‘given us hope’ with UK

Vaught’s Views

Recently Kentucky coach John Calipari tried to compare the emergence of Dontaie Allen to former UK stars Shai Gilgeous- Alexander and Immanuel Quickley because they both did not emerge as standout players until the middle of the season. However, the comparison is not quite the same. Gilgeous- Alexander started just two of UK’s first 15 games his freshman season before […]

Big night for Jenkins frosh

Jenkins High’s Emma Stewart had a breakout game in the opening round of the 15th Region All-A Girls Basketball Tournament against Paintsville. Stewart, a freshman, led all scorers with 21 points in the 58-46 loss at Appalachian Wireless Arena. That total followed a nine-point performance by Stewart in her team’s season opener against Johnson Central a night earlier. The Lady […]

Struttin’ Time

The case of the wandering hound

It feels good to be back with old friends, talking about hunting. This is a story from days gone by: Our gang, then-Letcher County Sheriff Steve Banks, his brother John, and former Deputy Sheriff Gale Dean Campbell were rabbit hunting on the Knott-Letcher county line around Redfox. Our dogs were running a rabbit when we heard a strange voice join […]

Gabby’s Fishing Fever

Crankbaits catch bass year-round

There are several baits that will catch bass under almost any condition. Baits like jigs and tube baits are fished in the dead of summer and in the coldest days of winter. Some baits are just better in certain conditions. But because of newer designs and more technology put into these baits, the crankbait has become a year-round bass-catching bait […]