Rains here, drought elsewhere

While much of the rest of the United States other parts of Kentucky are suffering through the nation’s worst drought in 25 years, Letcher County had an unusually wet July and appears headed toward an even wetter August. Letcher County began July in near-drought conditions, 6.9 inches of rain fell before the month ended, data recorded by an automated weather […]

Officials in Jenkins disagree over move that cuts some taxes

Jenkins residents will see their property taxes lowered by just over four cents per $100 dollars for motor vehicles and watercraft. Councilman Rick Damron made the motion to lower the tax rate even though real property will be lowered by approximately 20 percent as part of the tax proposal that brought the city a payroll tax earlier this year. The […]

Food City seeks beer license

A Whitesburg grocery store has become the first retail establishment to formally apply for a license to sell alcohol by the package. Food City took the initial step this week when its owner, K-VA-T Food Stores Inc. of Abingdon, Va., will advertised a public notice in The Mountain Eagle declaring its intention to apply for a retail beer license with […]

Murder suspects again enter not guilty pleas

A Letcher County woman and her lover pleaded not guilty in Letcher Circuit Court this week to capital murder charges in the death of Dradrick “Drad” Fleming. Fleming’s wife, Stephanie Yvonne Jones Fleming, and her lover, James Ray Maggard, were in court Tuesday to answer indictments charging them with complicity to capital murder and up to six other counts. During […]

Drawing will raise funds for vets

Carrie Lee-Hall among nurses featured in new book, ‘American Nurse’

A Letcher County nurse is one of 75 from across the nation chosen to be profiled in a new book by an awardwinning photographer and filmmaker. Carrie Lee-Hall, who has worked at the University of Kentucky North Fork Valley Community Health Center in Hazard for the past four years, told filmmaker Carolyn Jones why she wanted to be a nurse. […]

Collins on dean’s list

Lewis Collins of Whitesburg has been named to the dean’s list for the winter/ spring term at Centre College in Danville, an honor reserved for students who maintain at least a 3.60 grade point average. Collins is the son of Sam and Marietta Collins of Thornton and is a graduate of The June Buchanan High School in Knott County.

It’s been too hot to go outside


Hello everyone. Hope you are all doing okay. We have been having lots of rains and storms. I’m sorry some of it didn’t go to Owensboro and some of the other states which needed it so much. This hasn’t been one of my favorite weeks. I’ve been having arthritis in my shoulder. I’ve never had much pain in my life, […]


Where did summer go?

Bach Court

Schools started back and where did summer go? Time seems to fly by. The older you get, it seems like the clock has wings. I am really sorry to hear about our pastor, Tony Brown’s, father dying this past week. Prayers for you and your family. On August 15 from 6 to 8 p.m., First Baptist Youth are having an […]

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