2021-09-08 E-Edition


LATE SUMMER FUN — Mason Fields, front, and Braxton Gross, rear, emerge from one of the play features at the carnival held as part of last weekend’s Isom Days Festival. More photos appear inside.

County schools again offering virtual learning

Letcher County Schools will again offer a virtual education option to students as COVID-19 numbers exploded in the district more than a week ago. After more than a week out of school to plan and allow the number of quarantined and sick to go down, the district opened back up on Tuesday, though still with low attendance. “Staff numbers are […]

New mayor states goals for city

Whitesburg Mayor Tiffany Craft said she wants to project an image of hospitality for the city, promote tourism more widely, finish the Daniel Boone Hotel, and build a parking structure to serve the planned hotel and the downtown. But first, she wants to beautify town before the Mountain Heritage Festival by pressure washing stonework around town, adding a new mural […]

Sheriff’s department charges drug defendant found asleep

The Letcher County Sheriff’s Department arrested a woman on drug charges after she allegedly passed out at District Court. According to the citation filed by Deputy Seth Whitaker, he was dispatched to the courtroom September 1 after Deputy Ben Fields called for another officer. Whitaker said in the citation that when he arrived, Peggy Sue Hamilton, 41, of 104 Firefly […]

Is UK freshman the next Chauncey Billups?

Vaught’s Views

Kentucky freshman guard TyTy Washington just kept impressing not only basketball analysts but college coaches the more he played last season for Arizona Compass Prep. Count NBA draft analyst Matt Babcock, who writes for www.basketballnews.com, among those who did not fully appreciate Washington early last season. Kentucky coach John Calipari and his staff were in the same category because Nolan […]

Gabby’s Fishing Fever

The season is only halfway over

Labor Day weekend behind us and I hope everyone had a safe and fun weekend. A lot of people were camping and fishing and spending time on the lakes over the weekend. Me and my family had a picnic and hung out and fished over at Carr Creek Lake and had great time. But we always seem to have fun […]

Struttin’ Time

70 years after the first hunting trip

As of tomorrow, September 9, I will have been hunting for 70 years. My dad took me squirrel hunting for the first time when I was five years old. I remember that first hunt well. I could not sleep the night before because I was scared I would oversleep. Of course, how could I when my dad would have gotten […]

Panthers stop Cougars

The Letcher County Central Cougars hope to rebound from a loss to perennial power Pikeville High School when they host the Hazard Bulldogs (2-1) at Cougar Field on Friday. The Cougars (3-1) fell to visiting Pikeville by a score of 48-7 at Cougar Field in a game that was quickly set up after Pike County Central was forced to forfeit […]

Football returns to Jenkins

For the first time since 2019, the gridiron in Cavalier Country is open for business. The Jenkins Cavaliers football team opened its 2021 schedule last Thursday at home against visiting Harlan as part of a nine-game season. Jenkins, which rosters 19 players, last played football on Sept. 13, 2019, on the road at Jackson County. The last home football game […]