2021-04-07 E-Edition

Letcher County loses its last ‘service station’ to retirements

Time was, all gas stations were service stations. Attendants pumped the gas for you, checked the air in your tires, checked the oil and even washed the windshield. Most that have managed to stay open just pump your gas now, and they’re rare. The last one in Letcher County closed Friday when owners Johnny and Melissa Collins locked the door […]

COVID-19 cases up sharply here

COVID- 19 cases have risen sharply over the past week in Letcher County, even as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control released statistics showing the county is one of the top six in the state in the percentage of people vaccinated. Meanwhile, the state has now opened up vaccine appointments for everyone 16 years old and over, and Pfizer-BioNTech has […]

Man pleads guilty in 2018 Neon murder

A man charged with killing a Neon man and disposing of the body by dumping it on Haymond Hill has pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter. Clifford Jermaine Caudill, 41, of Neon, pleaded guilty to the reduced charge in Letcher Circuit Court on Tuesday. The plea agreement calls for 12 years in prison. He will be formally sentenced April 14 in […]

Jenkins will crack down on ATV, dirt bike scofflaws

Officials in the City of Jenkins have reached the limits of their tolerance with dirt bikes and four-wheelers on city streets. Jenkins City Council Mayor Todd Depriest said Monday that the term “ATV friendly” is supposed to mean that all-terrain vehicle riders and campers on the trails around Jenkins can use city streets to come into town and purchase supplies […]

All-American honors big deal to UK’s Hickman

Vaught’s Views

There was only one fitting way for Kentucky signee Nolan Hickman Jr. to celebrate when he found out he had been named a McDonald’s All-American, even if there is no all-star game again for him to play in this year. Hickman, his teammates and his coach at Wasatch Academy (Utah) went to lunch at McDonald’s while his parents also went […]

Struttin’ Time

How to find, harvest a wild turkey

Our favorite time of year is almost here. Kentucky’s spring turkey season opens April 17 and runs through May 9. Over the last few weeks, we have been studying the habits of the wild turkey. This week, we will explore the way to hunt them. Remember, our season is like the full-blown rut of the whitetail deer. Most types of […]

Gabby’s Fishing Fever

Fishing stained or muddy waters

Several things affect fishing at different times of the year. One of the biggest during early spring is the color of the water. The big thing about the water’s color right now is its relation of to water temperatures. At this early time of the year the water is still cool, and cool muddy water makes for some of the […]

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Jenkins students honored

Students named to the third nine weeks honor roll at Jenkins Middle High School are: Sixth grade 4.00 grade point average: Jacob Estep, Carley Franklin, Jayden Potter, Kaiden Quillen and Anthony Wyatt. 3.00-3.99 grade point average: Hunter Anderson, Kameron Branham, Braidon Canter, Katie Collins, Haley Cook, Ashley Fields, Ben Reyes, Kevin Slone and Brandon Wyatt. Seventh grade 4.00: Morgan Brown, […]