2021-04-28 E-Edition

Major paving projects begin

It’s springtime and the potholes have blossomed, but the state Highway Department has announced it plans to nip the problem in the bud on some Letcher County highways. Paving began this week on KY 7 North with milling and repaving of a 3.8-mile section of the two-lane highway from KY 1410 to Indian Creek Road. Road crews also began filling […]

State, federal govts. ease COVID rules

As warm weather approaches and more people are vaccinated against COVID-19, the state and federal governments have both eased mask recommendations for outdoor activities. The new guidelines say there is no need for a mask for fully vaccinated persons walking, running, hiking or biking outdoors alone or with members of their household, or for attending small outdoor gatherings with fully […]

Ex-teacher faces a new charge in federal court

Arraignment is set for later this week in U.S. District Court in Pikeville for a former teacher accused of producing child pornography. Charles Evans Hall Jr. was indicted by a federal grand jury in October on the child pornography charge, but a grand jury issued a superseding indictment Friday charging him with producing child pornography and using Instagram, Facebook and […]

Feds indict couple on charges of using child, 4, in pornographic images

A federal grand jury has indicted a Letcher County couple on charges of producing child pornography involving a four-year-old child. Nicole S. Combs, 34, and Eric Banks, 46, will be arraigned May 25 in U.S. District Court in Pikeville. The grand jury charged both with aiding and abetting, and exploitation of a child. A second count seeks forfeiture of all […]

Floods caused extra damage to cemetery roads

Raleigh Cemetery Road isn’t visible from the main road up the hollow. A bridge shared with a single-wide mobile home turns off the asphalt, and a gravel road circles past a barn and back to the bridge. The cemetery road starts in a small, grassy bottom to the right of the gravel, then turns abruptly up a mountain. It’s a […]

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Services set for Shirley Gibbs

Shirley Ann Shepherd Gibbs, 80, of Partridge, died April 26 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. A daughter of the late Herbert and Mattie Barnett Shepherd, she was the widow of Winston Gibbs, Jr. In addition to her parents and husband, Shirley was preceded in death by her stepmother, Eartha Shepherd; sisters, Alma Day, Doris Whitaker, and Laura Turner; brothers, Herbert […]

Essential Quality is 2-1 Kentucky Derby favorite


With the rail still open and Kentucky Derby post positions dwindling, Brad Cox grew anxious about the most notable of his two horses drawing the least desired spot. The home-grown trainer soon breathed easier. Essential Quality got something more palatable, though the hardest part awaits with the target firmly on his back. Essential Quality is the 2-1 morning line favorite […]

What’s new this week?

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES — Now that awards season is finally over, it’s time for some spring action movies and what better way to start than with Michael B. Jordan playing an elite Navy SEAL avenging his pregnant wife’s death in […]