TRUE MARCH MADNESS



The early spring blooms of a Bradford pear tree were in full beauty pelted with a late-season snow. The accumulation melted in the heat of the sun which began to shine about 30 minutes later. The tree is located beside Community Trust Bank. (Eagle photo)

Officials say driver of truck not at fault

Poorly built 'berm' resulted in miner's death, report says

Roy Sturgill II, right, is seen in this family photo with wife Susie, 7-year-old daughter Brooke, a first-grader at Cowan Elementary School, and 9-year-old son Kylar, a third-grade student at Cowan. A report released this week by state mine safety officials says Sturgill, 29, would not have been killed in a surface mining accident if proper steps had been taken […]

County attorney’s office pledges to crack down on litter violators



The Letcher County Attorney’s Office announced this week that it will begin to “actively prosecute” any person charged with littering. Assistant County Attorney James A. Hubbard has pledged to prosecute persons who have unsightly trash around their homes as well as those who throw bottles, cans and fastfood containers out of a car window. Hubbard said prosecuting litter bugs in […]

Report: Lack of college grads hurts Letcher County



Increasing the number of Letcher County residents who hold college degrees is the “quickest, most direct way” to improve the county’s economic prosperity. A report released recently by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education shows that counties with high numbers of college graduates also have high household median incomes, while those with low numbers of college graduates have low household […]

New Jenkins football coach is introduced to board members



Members of the Jenkins Independent Board of Education had the opportunity to meet newly hired varsity football coach Lincoln Bentley and his wife Stephanie at the board’s March board meeting this week. Superintendent John Shook introduced Bentley to the board and Bentley outlined his plans for future success. Bentley told the board he plans to implement a mentorship program for […]

Letcher Co. roads are included in a new map promoting Appalachia



Two routes through Letcher County are included in a new driving-tour map of the Appalachian region developed by National Geographic and the Appalachian Regional Commission. The map features 28 suggested routes, all reflecting the diversity of the 13-state region that stretches from southern New York to northeast Mississippi. The routes through Letcher County call for visits to scenic areas such […]

Team supporting casino gambling may lose to clock



With the shot clock turned off and the final seconds ticking away, the proposed constitutional amendment to legalize casino gambling still is on the bench in the House of Representatives, hoping to at least get some playing time before the game is over. The pundits on the sidelines are saying it will take a miracle to pull it off, something […]

A taste of mountain politics



U.S. Sen. Barack Obama got a taste of the complexities of politics in Appalachia last week when a West Virginia man asked the Demcoratic presidential candidate a question about mountaintop removal mining. Obama’s answer didn’t give much red meat to either environmentalists or coal supporters, both of which had loud contingents in the audience in Charleston, West Virginia. In answering […]

Scholarship offered



A scholarship is available from the Amburgey Family Association. Students seeking information about the scholarship application should contact Margery P. Lammers, 7230 6th St., Booneville, MO 65233, (660) 882-2496, e-mail mjlammers@undata.com. Applicants must show relationship to the Amburgey family, and applications must be completed and postmarked no later than May 1. A self-addressed, stamped envelope should be included with the […]

Letcher board still hoping field will be ready



The Letcher County Board of Education is still hopeful that construction of the new baseball field at Letcher County Central High School will be completed in time for the baseball team to use the field before the season ends in mid May. “There shouldn’t be any reason why the players shouldn’t play one game on that field,” said Will Smith, […]


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