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Fiscal court learns of progress, delays on county water projects



Call it the tale of two water systems — one that is growing much closer to completion and the other that is being delayed longer than expected. At its October meeting this week, the Letcher Fiscal Court learned that construction contracts for the Payne Gap Water Project could be in place by early November, while the Thornton water line extension […]

Region can’t compete without broadband, say locals, others



Rural America needs better broadband service so communities can help rebuild local economies and help America compete globally, the head of the federal Rural Utilities Service said during a public hearing about the expansion of rural broadband in Whitesburg last week. RUS Administrator Jonathan Adelstein was the guest at the “Rural Broadband Summit and Hearing” hosted by the Center for […]

Autumn beauty



Whether it’s a sunrise on Thornton, a double rainbow in West Whitesburg, or ducks and mallards swimming in Fishpond Lake surrounded by trees of many hues and colors, autumn is always beautiful in Letcher County. (Eagle photos)

Service to be held for Hugh ‘Jack’ Strunk



Hugh “Jack” Strunk, 83, died June 24 at his home in Houston, Tex. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Jessie Caudill Strunk; two children, Vickie Driscoll and husband John, of Houston, and Kathy Dudoit of Honolulu, Hawaii; four grandchildren, Jessica Driscoll Drought and husband James, of San Antonio, Texas, and Clara Driscoll of Houston, and Kealoha Dudoit […]

New scanners reduce time patient is inside



Pikeville Medical Center will soon be the only hospital in the world with two 320-Slice CT Scanners, the fastest, most accurate scanner available. Before installation of the first new scanner, PMC‘s most advanced scanner was the 64 Slice CT Scanner, a level of technology that few hospitals can offer even now. “The 320-Slice CT Scanner dramatically reduces the time a […]

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Achievement gap lingers in Kentucky schools



LEXINGTON Three statewide groups say that a review of state test scores shows that achievement gaps continue to hinder Kentucky’s overall education progress. The analysis released Tuesday shows that Kentucky schools are falling short particularly with minority students and students with disabilities and limited English proficiency. Low-income and Hispanic students also scored well below their peers, it found. The analysis […]

Letcher mine gets notice from MSHA



Federal regulators have declared a small underground coal mine at Deane a repeat violator for failing to report injuries or underreporting lost work time. The Mine Safety and Health Administration announced last week it has placed the Dennis Creg Yonts’ Mine No. 2 on “potential pattern of violations status.” The mine is operated by Vision Coal. The PPOV designation allows […]


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