2023-05-03

2023-05-03 E-Edition

Getting a new shine job

A shining sun shows the progress a worker was making while sealing the new gym floor in the Letcher County Recreation Center in preparation for reopening. The old floor was destroyed during the July 2022 flood.

Health inspector shuts down home kitchen after someone complains


The Letcher County Health Department has shut down a retired hospital cook’s side gig of selling weekly home-cooked meals after an anonymous person reported her for selling food cooked in her home. State law requires any meals that are sold to be made in a separate kitchen that undergoes regular inspections. Helen Roberts, of Cowan, worked at the Courthouse Café […]

More than 500 youth homeless in Letcher


While they might not be sleeping in cardboard boxes or under bridges, there are more than 500 homeless children and youth in Letcher County, records from the two school districts here show. The definition of homeless children and youth is broad under the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, but includes those who “lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence,” […]

Indictments charge two

Two Letcher County residents have been charged in indictments in Letcher Circuit Court. They are: • Christopher Kaleb Adams, 20, 270 Wintergreen Dr., McRoberts, is charged with first- degree rape when he engaged in sexual intercourse with a minor by forcible compulsion. Kentucky State Police Detective Eric Caldwell testified in the case. • Jacob Chaffins, 32, 61 Susan Cook Dr., […]

DJ Wagner focused on winning NCAA crown at UK

Vaught’s Views

During an interview with HoopsHype at the Nike Hoop Summit, Kentucky signee DJ Wagner said he has taken parts of what NBA stars Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving and Stephen Curry do best and tried to incorporate that into his game. “They all got that killer mentality. Every time they step on the court, they try to play as hard as […]

Cougars take three of four

The Letcher County Central Cougars won three games and lost one game last week while improving their season won-lost record to 19-7. On Saturday, the Cougars earned an 8-5 win over 14th Region foe Powell County in the Blake Crowe Memorial Classic at Estill County. Max Roark powered the LCC offense with three runs batted in and two hits, one […]

LCC girls win; record at 14-9

The Letcher County Central Lady Cougars are now 14-9 on the fast-pitch softball season after twice pounding the Knott Central Lady Patriots — 15-0 on Monday night and 17-0 on April 24. Both games were called after three innings. In last week’s 17-0 win at Hindman, eight LCC batters were credited with RBIs, led by three apiece for Abigail McDougal […]

Struttin’ Time

Turkey season in full swing

Kentucky’s wild turkey hunting season is in full swing. I can tell from the stories I have had pouring in, even when I was still in Nebraska, at camp. I probably need to hunt Kentucky again, as I am always more than welcome to hunt Letcher County with some lifelong dear friends of mine. I was glad to hear my […]

Gabby’s Fishing Fever

Weather disrupts fishing

A few things can affect fishing, but one of the most obvious is the fast changes in weather. And that is exactly what we’ve had going on here lately. Just last week we had temperatures close to 80 degrees during the day and then had three straight nights of frost and lows in the 30’s. It is hard to figure […]