2021-12-08 E-Edition


— Jenkins first-grade student Carsen Watts was named Snow King of his class and rode through the Jenkins Christmas Parade Saturday with a festive scepter in-hand. Christmas parades are set for the City of Whitesburg this Friday at 6 p.m. and in the City of Fleming-Neon on Saturday. (Photo by Chris Anderson)

Jenkins council hears about finished water project, success of Christmas lights at Fishpond

Mayor hails tourism efforts

A water line project that replaced lines to the far reaches of the City of Jenkins has been completed. Harold Kelly, of Nesbitt Engineering, who inspects the contractor’s work, said at the Jenkins City Council meeting Monday that the water meters for the new lines are on order, and there are a few driveways still left to repair, but otherwise […]

1,800 homes still lack public water in Letcher County

New federal funds may help
More water lines needed

Kentucky will get $112,643,000 for clean drinking water projects for next year through the federal Infrastructure and Jobs Improvement Act passed in November. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will allocate that amount through the State Revolving Fund, which is administered by the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority. From there the money will go to local communities. The money could be especially beneficial […]

COVID cases are on the rise again here, elsewhere

COVID patients here are unvaccinated

The number of COVID-19 cases among unvaccinated people is going up again in Letcher County, as well as in the state and the nation. As of Tuesday afternoon, nearly 1 in 5 people in the county who were tested were positive for the virus, and incident rate for new cases per day averaged over seven days was at 63 per […]

Recruits’ mother impressed with Stoops

Vaught’s Views

As speculation continued to spread about Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops being a possible candidate at several major schools with job openings, Valerie Wade could not help worrying a bit. Her twin sons — linebacker/ running back Keaten Wade and quarterback Destin Wade of Summit High School outside of Nashville — were both UK commits. The two Tennessee stars both […]

Struttin’ Time

Girl, 9, bests her brother and mother

I just love lifelong friendships, don’t you? I am not talking about these superficial Facebook types of friendship with people who would not know you if you were having a meal with them, but the kinds of friendships that you build over the years. The kind you have from working with people, holding their hands in times of grief, and […]

LCC girls off to good start

After losing their November 29 season-opening game to South Laurel, 72-55, the Letcher County Central Lady Cougars bounced back with three straight wins at Mountain Mission in Grundy, Virginia on December 1, at Lexington Tates Creek on December 4, and at Johnson Central on December 6. Tori Holcomb scored 14 points and No. 12 Kaylee Banks added 11 points in […]

Cavs (0-3) lose 2 close ones

Senior guard Austin Johnson led the Jenkins Cavaliers with 30 points in their season-opening game against Buckhorn on December 1, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Wildcats from notching a 79-74 win. Two nights later, the Cavaliers’ Isaiah Adams scored 11 points to lead his team, but it, too, wasn’t enough to keep the Cougars from falling to 0-2 […]

Signs to play softball at UPike

Jenkins senior Kati Parker recently will continue playing softball after graduating high school. Parker signed a letter of commitment last week to play junior varsity softball for the University of Pikeville under UPike’s current JV Coach April Charles, who is a 2000 graduate of Jenkins High School. Pictured with Parker during her signing ceremony are (front row, from left) Sandy […]