Competing this week



The Letcher County residents Cory Harris and Taylan Combs have reached the “Semifinals Top 40” of the “Country Music Highway Road to Fame” contest sponsored by the state of Kentucky, the Gibson Foundation and several other private and public corporations. Harris and Combs will be among 10 contestants competing at the Eastern Kentucky Expo Center in Pikeville Thursday night at […]

Garbage rates will rise if court gives bid to private firm

Prices would triple in some cases

The Letcher County Fiscal Court opened bids this week from companies interested in taking over the operations of the Letcher County Sanitation Department. Only one actual bid was submitted Tuesday — from Texas-based Waste Connections Inc., which has an office in Lily in Laurel County. Rumpke, a waste management company headquartered in Colerain, Ohio, sent the court a letter saying […]

Cash-strapped Jenkins debates occupation tax



The first reading of an ordinance that would impose a one-and-a-half percent occupation tax on full-time workers in the City of Jenkins drew some dissension at the May meeting of the city council. After City Attorney Randall Tackett read the ordinance, Burdine resident Betsy Addington, who presented a petition against the tax at last month’s council meeting, spoke against it […]

Woman, 35, pleads guilty to theft, abuse of corpse in murder case



The third person charged in the murder of a 70-year-old Jenkins man has pleaded guilty in Letcher Circuit Court. Christina Hall Collins, 35, admitted to moving the body of Ralph Marcum after he was beaten to death with a hammer by John Pigg on April 12, 2008. Collins also admitted to driving Marcum’s car to an isolated road in Pike […]

Owners of new furniture store say they saw a need and met it



A local business owner saw the need to open up a furniture store in downtown Whitesburg and did it. “Letcher County didn’t have a furniture store and I thought we needed one,” said Kelvin Eldridge, owner of Sears at Mayking. “I just thought it would be a good time to put one in. I try to help the community.” Eldridge, […]

Coventry, ARH reach agreement to continue payments for treating Medicaid recipients



After a two-hour hearing in federal court, managed-care firm CoventryCares agreed to keep paying Appalachian Regional Healthcare for treating Medicaid patients at its hospitals through at least June 30 while negotiations continue. “Coventry officials said the state allowed another managed-care provider not to include ARH in its network, which meant a lot of higher-risk, higher-cost patients ended up covered by […]

Injured dog, owner are reunited after ad appears in newspaper



An injured dog was reunited with its owner after the owner responded to an ad placed in The Mountain Eagle. The 15-year-old dog, which is mostly deaf and a little blind, was hit May 1 by a truck pulling out from the street located between the office of Assistant Letcher Commonwealth’s Attorney Jenna Watts and the Letcher County Courthouse. “He […]

Helping hands



Guests at an open house held recently for the new Letcher County Area Technology Center brought not only good tidings but large donations as well. Letcher Schools Supt. Anna Craft said the contributions will help ensure that students have the best educational opportunities and equipment possible.

Church picnic at Carr Creek Lake

Whitesburg

Hello everyone, hope you are all doing well. Here I come, ready or not. I hope you have the time to sit and have a cup of coffee with me. I have mine right here. I went to Letcher Manor a few days ago and the ambulance brought a friend of mine. Buggy Adams of Isom had fallen and got […]

Services held for Verna McCall



Verna Faye McCall, 70, died April 29 at her home at Mayking. A daughter of the late Watson and Martha Hart Adams, she was a sister of the late Opal Adams, Effie Gasiorowski, Vernon Adams, Coy Adams and Emory Adams. Surviving are her husband of 50 years, Jimmy Don McCall; two daughters, Arlena West and husband Charles, and Alisa Polly […]


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