2022-11-30

2022-11-30 E-Edition

Will post-flood road work break county?


The Letcher County Fiscal Court has burned through an entire year of state road aid money in the past two months repairing damage from the July 28 flood, the county treasurer told the court last week. “Thank God we’re getting ready to get $5 million,” D.J. Frazier said, referring to a loan the county is expecting to receive. Frazier informed […]

Funeral services set for wreck victim, 22

Funeral services will be held Thursday in Blackey for a 22-year-old Letcher County man who was killed Monday morning in a single vehicle wreck. Kentucky State Police say Matthew Bailey, of Blackey, died at the Whitesburg hospital Monday of injuries he suffered in the wreck, which occurred after Bailey apparently failed to negotiate a curve while driving his vehicle on […]

Are you prepared for purple tomatoes?

A purple tomato? Is that a thing? “For the last 14 years, Cathie Martin and Eugenio Butelli from the John Innes Centre in Norfolk, England, and their team have been working on developing the purple tomato,” writes Yan Yue, a Ph.D. candidate at the Quadram Institute, for The Conversation, a platform for journalistic writing by academics. “Their aim was to […]

Meet UK’s 6-8, 290-pound recruit Wood

At 6-8, 290 pounds it’s hard not to notice offensive lineman Malachi Wood, a Kentucky football commit who plans to enroll at UK in January. He’s a three-star prospect who likely will be redshirted in 2023 and groomed for future success at Kentucky as he continues to develop. But there are some things his mother, Pamela Wood, thinks UK fans […]

Struttin’ Time

‘Pap’ and girls got their bucks

As I look at the calendar on my office wall, I notice it is almost time to close Struttin’ Time for this year and put on my red suit to talk to the babies. We will have one Struttin’ Time column after this one for 2022, which has been a great year for hunting and fishing. I thought about writing […]

Fishing With Gabby

How to fish on windy days

I will just tell the truth about myself: I do not like to fish in the wind at all, but it is just part of it, and you must adjust to it when fishing. Think of the times when you were fishing with a floater and saw that perfect spot back in the cover and made a great cast and […]

Infuse Holiday Gatherings with Fresh Grape Flavor


he elegance of the holidays starts at the table with meals, desserts and drinks shared among loved ones. This year, let grapes add easy elegance to seasonal recipes as a signature ingredient perfect for special occasions. As a highly versatile addition to appetizers, snacks, main courses, sides and desserts, grapes are an essential ingredient to keep on hand. Thanks to […]

Hot cocoa boards a favorite holiday trend


You’re familiar with charcuterie or cheese boards, right? Well, it’s time for brie and crackers to step aside, because beautiful hot chocolate “charcuterie” boards are here. What I love about the idea is it takes something simple — a cup of hot cocoa — and makes it an event. The dollar store is a treasure trove for goodies to make […]

We badly need state govt.’s help after flood. Can we count on it?

July 28, 2022 has become Day Zero in a new date system in eastern Kentucky — BF, Before the Flood, and AF, After the Flood. Before the Flood, Letcher County was showing signs of moving beyond its crippled economy. Before the Flood, tourists were beginning to come to the mountains, and unused homes were being turned into short-term rentals. Businesses […]