2021-04-21 E-Edition

Court votes to fix cemetery roads

The Letcher Fiscal Court has voted to use general fund money to gravel and perform work on roads in emergency situations to allow mourners to get to public cemeteries for funerals. District 2 Magistrate Sherry Sexton brought the matter up and several other magistrates spoke in support of the action, saying that although the cemetery roads were not actually county […]

New cases remain low, but vaccine numbers are also falling

Letcher County’s COVID-19 rate of new cases is continuing to stay low while the number of new people vaccinated is slowing down, and the positivity rate of people being tested is increasing. Local health agencies are still using all or nearly all of the vaccines they get, but as of Monday, the state had used only 49 percent of the […]

Letcher Central’s coach won district title in 2020, but loses job a year later

Letcher County Central High School is without a basketball coach after the site-based council for the school declined to renew the contract of Coach Winston Lee. Lee, who is also the track coach at the school, announced on his Facebook page that his contract as basketball coach was not renewed for the coming year. “As I’ve always told players, at […]

3 face charges after deputy smells pot on Main Street

Three people are facing drug charges after someone called the Letcher County Sheriff’s Office to report drug use on the street on the opposite side of the courthouse. According to citations, a caller reported that someone may have been using drugs on Main Street in Whitesburg. When Deputy James Norris arrived, he found Anthony S. Tackett, 41, of 277 Hwy […]

A sign that UK football has passed Tennessee?

Vaught’s Views

Summit High School (Tenn.) coach Brian Coleman wasn’t sure if twins Keaten and Destin Wade would end up playing together in college, but he never doubted his two players would like to do that. Now they are going to play together at Kentucky after picking the Cats over Tennessee, Virginia and Louisville. “There was a time Keaten was outgrowing Destin. […]

Gabby’s Fishing Fever

Bass are now in pre-spawn pattern

Redbud and dogwood trees are full of blooms right now, which means it is time for bass to be on the move and getting ready for pre-spawn patterns. The pre-spawn pattern means bass are now moving toward the backs of creeks and hollows and along shoreline flats. These are the types of areas where bass will make beds later and […]

Struttin’ Time

Disability doesn’t stop this hunter

I have been told real friendships last a lifetime. I believe that, and my friendship with Raymond “Pap” Brown, of Dry Fork will prove that to be true. Pap and myself go back longer than most people are alive. I just returned from Kansas, where I bagged my first big gobbler of the season. I was going to write about […]

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Son, friends ride motorcycles to visit Wennings


Hello everyone – I hope all are enjoying the upand down weather of April. Hopefully we’ll get to warmer weather in May. I do enjoy reading the “Moments and Memories of Whitesburg High School” by Bennett Welch in The Mountain Eagle. In last week’s column, my greatuncle Edgar Banks was mentioned. He had been the assistant principal at Whitesburg High […]