2021-03-17

2021-03-17 E-Edition

Pollutant colors water

THE BLUE-GREEN AND WHITE TINT to Crafts Colly Creek caught the eye of passersby. The creek often has this color from an abandoned mine seep on Allen Branch, but this one came from farther up the hollow. The Division of Water was called to the creek last week and found manganese in the water, apparently caused when flooding caused an […]

Mental health experts fear virus-related depression, abuse issues


With the COVID-19 pandemic ebbing, medical professionals are now worried about another epidemic — the mental health problems the virus has left in its wake. State statistics show far fewer cases of COVID-19 and far fewer deaths. But in discussions with people in the community, there is a far greater instance of people with anxiety, depression and substance abuse, medical […]

Fiscal court gives COVID funds to 37 local businesses


Almost 40 small businesses in Letcher County will be getting some form of economic aid for COVID-19 related losses as a result of applying to the county under the federal CARES Act. CARES was passed in March 2020 as an economic stimulus act and partly to relieve unemployment and losses to small businesses. At the March meeting of the Letcher […]

Grand jury will meet as courts near reopening

Criminal charges that have lain dormant for months are heading to court. The Supreme Court of Kentucky closed all courts in the state until after April 1. Grand juries could only meet remotely. A Letcher County grand jury is to meet remotely tomorrow (Thursday), the first time indictments have been heard this year. Letcher Commonwealth’s Attorney Edison Banks estimates that […]

Changes come as cases fall


COVID-19 cases continue to decline in Letcher County, and county schools have now expanded in-person learning to four days per week. Letcher County Schools moved up to the four-day hybrid schedule beginning Monday, after state figures on Thursday showed an incident rate for COVID at 8.0 per 100,000. Jenkins Independent Schools have remained at a four-day schedule since in-person school […]

Dontaie Allen is among UK players returning

Vaught’s Views

Dontaie Allen finished his redshirt freshman season averaging 5.4 points, 1.5 rebounds and 14 minutes per game. He made 31 3-pointers and shot 39.7 percent from 3-point range despite having to deal with the pressure of being a UK fan favorite even in his limited playing time. Allen had an interesting message for UK fans after he scored 23 points […]

Lady Cougars will play in regional

The Letcher County Central girls’ basketball team advanced to the finals of the 53rd District Tournament — and to the 14th Regional Tournament — by overwhelming Cordia at Ermine on Saturday, 78-13. Twelve Lady Cougars scored in Saturday’s game, led by 13 points from Kyleigh Wright, 10 points from Loren Boggs, and 9 points from Kaylee Banks (No. 25). Brooke […]

Jenkins, LCC boys fall in tourney play

The 2021 season has ended for Letcher County’s two boys’ high school basketball teams. The Letcher County Central Cougars fell to the Cordia Lions, 79-76, in Saturday’s opening round of the four-team 53rd District Tournament at Ermine. The Jenkins Cavaliers bowed out Monday in the 59th District Tournament at Pikeville, falling to East Ridge High, 80-40. That tournament also featured […]

Struttin’ Time

Gobblers are busy looking for hens

Our most favorite time of year is now upon us. Spring turkey season will start soon, and after last year I can’t wait. Our Mexico trip to hunt the Gould turkey is still up in the air, and will not be settled until at least March 21 to see if the border has reopened. This week, we are looking into […]