2022-05-12 E-Edition

Spring trail ride still loved by many

Although things didn’t go exactly as planned, this year’s Spring Trail Ride offered a lot of fun to guests, especially those who arrived early. A horse show and straightaway race scheduled for Friday and Saturday were cancelled due to heavy rains and the muddy mess left behind. Tourism Commission Chair Michael Sturgill reported there were 1,509 paid guests at this […]

County remembers former judge

Knott County residents are mourning the passing this week of a well-known leader, former judge-executive Homer Sawyer, who died Thursday, May 5, at age 81. Sawyer was elected to the county’s highest political office in 1986, and served in that position for 13 years. During his first term as judge-executive, he established the first mandatory garbage system in Knott County. […]

Amburgey recognized for excellence

A Knott County native and medical professional has been recognized for outstanding performance. Lincoln Memorial University School of Medical Sciences (LMU-SMS) Doctor of Medical Science (DMS) student Jessica Amburgey, PA, has received the SCP Health Excellence in Leadership Award. Amburgey was nominated by SCP leaders and was chosen among 7,500 applicants for her constant demonstration of exceptional leadership and proven […]

Optometry practice comes to Knott

Williams Mountain Vision now has a full service Optometry center in the Holly Hills Mall in Knott County; it is a branch of their Solomon Road location in Whitesburg. Dr. Debbie K Williams followed in her late father, Dr. Charles H. Williams’ footsteps when she decided at a very young age to carry on the family legacy. “I just always […]

Body located after crash

The body of a Knott County man has been recovered following a crash into flooded Troublesome Creek. KSP Post 13 received a call around 11:23 pm Saturday, May 7 of a single-vehicle accident near Jones Body Shop (Collision Center) off Hwy. 550 in Lackey. Troopers responding located a 1997 red Chevy overturned in the creek with no one inside. A […]

Tragedy at trail ride

A Saturday evening horseback ride turned tragic for a Lee County family during the annual Knott County Trail Ride. Robert Johnson Jr. of Beattyville fell from his horse after suffering an apparent heart attack. He was brought to the main gate by riders shortly before 7:00 pm after an extended time without a pulse. Ball Creek Fire and Rescue stationed […]


The trail ride camp was more sparsely settled than some years, but there was still a good crowd to enjoy the nearly perfect riding and camping conditions that lasted most of the week. (Photo by Jerry Martin Roberts)

Lighting project at Ky. 15/150 intersection to begin this week

Drivers who pass through the intersection of Ky. 15 and Ky. 160 at Carr Creek Lake in Knott County will notice a lighting project that was scheduled to get underway on Monday, May 9. A contractor will be rebuilding the flashing beacon lights at the intersection. Work will take place from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. each day, with flaggers […]

May is Motorcycle and Bike Safety Awareness Month

In recognition of May as Motorcycle and Bike Safety Awareness Month, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) is joining the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in reminding all road users to work together to help prevent crashes, injuries and deaths on Kentucky roadways. Motorcycle riders in Knott County, and all counties located in eastern Kentucky, […]