Drought worsens, residents urged to cut water use

Letcher County residents are being asked to stop washing cars and watering lawns until current drought conditions improve. And that might not be anytime soon. According to forecasters at Accu Weather, there is a possiblity that Letcher County might get some rain from thunderstorms tomorrow (Thursday), but no other rainfall is in forecast through October 8. Water shortage advisories are […]

Jenkins board wants 8th-grade graduation back on calendar

On an evening when Superintendent John Shook was honored by the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative for his outstanding contribution as chairman, the Jenkins Independent Schools Board of Education joined with a parents’ group to ask the Jenkins Middle High School Site Based Council to revisit a decision to cancel eighth grade graduations. After Jeff Hawkins, executive director of KVEC, presented […]


3 members of Mayking family face drug counts

Three members of a Mayking family were charged with trafficking in controlled substances Monday. Police say the arrests of Terry “Fuzz” Fugate, 43, his wife, Mary Barker Fugate, also 43, and John R. Barker, 21, were the result of a twomonth investigation into the trafficking of OxyContin, a powerful narcotic painkiller. Barker, of 497 Great Oak Road at Cram Creek, […]

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years September 26, 1957 Whitesburg Memorial Hospital is now accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals. The commission notified the hospital of its action and at the same time praised the hospital, its staff and its administration for the quality of care given to patients. A large group […]

Fiscal court wants architect replaced

A North Carolina architecture firm has drawn the ire of the Letcher Fiscal Court for the second time in less than two years. Matthews Architects of Asheville first drew criticism here early in 2006 after fiscal court members disapproved of the manner in which the firm handled the planning of a proposed multi-purpose building for the community of McRoberts. Matthews […]

Hindman High School alumni to hold banquet

The Hindman High School Alumni Association banquet will be held Saturday, Oct. 6, at 6 p.m. in the May Stone Building on the campus of Hindman Settlement School. Classes of 1947, 1957 and 1967 will be honored. It will be the 50th anniversary of the Class of 1957. Those who attended or worked at Hindman High School or Hindman Settlement […]

Beekeepers report good honey production this year

I am fascinated with the honeybee. I spoke with a couple of beekeepers recently and I have come to appreciate the science relating to the production of honey. Conversations with these apiarists stimulated my interest and sent me to the Internet to further my education. Both men, Harold Mullins of Jenkins and Teddy Fleming of McRoberts, are members of the […]

Radiography conference set for Oct. 15

Hazard Community and Technical College and Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College will hold a pre-admission conference for the radiography program in room 235 of the Belinda Mason Building on the Whitesburg Campus of SKCTC at 3 p.m., Oct. 15. A pre-admission conference is an informal meeting to provide information. Students must attend a conference to be considered for admission […]

Parents of Letcher students can buy meals on-line

Parents of students who attend school in the Letcher County school system will soon be able to log onto the Internet and pay their child’s lunch fees. The Letcher County Board of Education approved an agreement with Lunch Byte Systems Inc. which will allow parents to make deposits, view lunchroom balances and prepay for their meal program on a secured […]

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