County to spend $60,000 to hire 2 more deputies

The Letcher Fiscal Court has agreed to spend $60,000 to hire two more sheriff’s deputies. Acting on a motion by District Five Magistrate Wayne Fleming, the court voted unanimously to pay for the two deputy positons with money from the county’s road and bridge fund. Fleming said the transfer of funds is legal under rules that allow for money for […]


Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, right, appeared to grow emotional after meeting with Jenkins resident James Lowe during a stop in Wise, Va., last week near the end of Edwards’s three-day “Road to One America Tour.” Edwards also visited Letcher County. See related coverage inside. (Photo by Lonnie Webster)

PRIDE director is charged with stealing from county litter fund

Letcher County’s PRIDE coordinator has been charged with illegally turning roadside trash into cash. Kentucky State Police say Josh Wampler Jr., who was fired two months ago from his position as Letcher County Solid Waste Coordinator, stole more than $17,000 in “litter abatement” money that was supposed to be used to pay non-profit organizations to pick up roadside trash. The […]

Attempted murder charge filed after fight at club

An investigation that began on July 6 after two men got into a fight at the American Legion in Neon ended last week when one of the two was charged with attempted murder. The charge was filed against 44- year-old Kenneth Meade on July 18 by Kentucky State Police Detective Chris Collins – 12 days after Meade obtained a citizen’s […]

Three sisters enjoy day together in Hazard

Hello again. How are you? I hope you are all well and happy. You know what? I had a good week, all week long. On Monday, July 16, Joyce Howard and I visited Clyde. He was having a pretty good day. I don’t remember Tuesday. On Wednesday, I got a nice surprise. My son, Rob’s, friend and partner, Jack Sparks, […]

Strange But True

• It’s often been said that necessity is the mother of invention – and for good reason. Here’s an example: The idea for the pull-top can originated when the inventor was at a picnic; he had forgotten to bring a can opener, so he had to use a car bumper. • Interestingly, the modern English word “mascara” – the makeup […]

Postal money orders are safe, convenient way to send funds

Need to send cash to a college student as the new school year rapidly approaches? Or looking for another way to pay bills? Don’t overlook the convenience of postal money orders. Postal money orders are available in amounts up to $1,000 and are a safe alternative to sending cash through the mail. For $1.05, money orders in amounts up to […]

Now here’s a tip By JOANN DERSON

• “When assembling a sizable piece of furniture, try to do it in the room where it will be used, if possible. This prevents you from having to disassemble all or part of it if you can’t fit it through the doorway, and saves you the frustration of having to move and maneuver it into its room.” – M.M. in […]

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years July 25, 1957 The Kentucky Highway Department’s grass-planting project near Jenkins drew praise from Cecil Hensley, soil conservationist for Letcher County. Hensley pointed out that the highway department has applied erosion control measures through the sowing of grass on the shoulders of the recently completed road leading from Jenkins […]

Are You Sure Your Good Boy Is Really Good?

I know there are people out there who believe their child is good. They might even claim their child does everything they ask. But a child’s compliant behavior may not be what it seems. It may simply mean that he has never been confronted with the spiritual nature of God’s law. Confronting your child with your house rules is not […]

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