2021-03-10 E-Edition

Letcher Co. native picked as new leader of Texas A&M

A Letcher County native is set to become the second woman ever to be named president of Texas A&M University later this month. Margaret Katherine “Kathy” Banks, a native of Colson who grew up in Whitesburg, has been the dean of the university’s College of Engineering for 10 years. The university’s Board of Regents announced on Thursday that she is […]

Highway dept. says call if trees about to fall

Driving around Letcher County’s wooded roads, it might pay to look up to see what’s hanging over your head. After a wet winter, trees are leaning over highways across the county. Widowmakers or whole trees, they could present a danger to motorists, especially in strong winds or during heavy snow. But Department of Highways says it has too many other […]

COVID relief bill to give local govts. over $5.2 million

Letcher County local governments will get more than $5.2 million from the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, which was expected to pass the House of Representatives yesterday (Tuesday), according to a list provided by state Representative Angie Hatton. The money set aside in the bill for governments is intended primarily to reimburse cities and counties across the country for expenses […]

Man facing felony counts after DUI stop

A DUI traffic stop turned into a felony wanton endangerment charge after the suspect nearly hit a police car, Letcher County Sheriff Mickey Stines said. The sheriff’s department received a complaint on Monday that a man was down on the ground in front of Barker’s Grocery at McRoberts, picking at things on the ground and talking to himself. By the […]

WWE Network’s move to Peacock will cut price

World Wrestling Entertainment is used to making headlines this time of year leading up to WrestleMania. But the company has more on its plate leading up to its showcase event on April 10 and 11. Two major moves will happen over the next six weeks — the WWE Network’s move to Peacock on March 18, along with the search for […]

District tourney opens here Saturday

Letcher Central’s Bodie Bentley (above, left) lays the ball up during the Cougars’ 77-44 win over district foe June Buchanan on Monday in the boys’ team’s penultimate regular season game of 2021. Bentley led his team in scoring with 15 points on the night. Pictured above, right, Letcher Central’s Luke Goins shoots a shot under pressure. Goins scored two points […]

UK’s poor season won’t affect recruiting, assistant coach says

Vaught’s Views

What kind of impact is Kentucky’s losing season going to have on future recruiting? If Kentucky assistant coach Bruiser Flint is right, he thinks recruits will be unaffected by the losses this season. “Why wouldn’t they (be unaffected)? That’s my thing. Why wouldn’t they feel good? They see the results that they’ve had with the players. I mean, teams go […]

Struttin’ Time

Lessons learned from hunting

It broke daylight here this morning at a little after 7 a.m. I stood and listened to the growls of ole tom turkey from a distant farm. Oh yes, it is getting near spring turkey season, and the good ole boys are ready to play. I was looking and thinking about some of my bygone hunts, in a thing we […]

Gabby’s Fishing Fever

Don’t overlook the small things

There are several things that have a major effect on fishing during the year. The four seasons determine the patterns of fish and when the best times are to fish a springtime pre-spawn pattern or a summertime spawning pattern or the fall post-spawn pattern up until the wintertime cold water changes everything again. Knowing and understanding these things takes years of […]