Coal, gas cuts cost county $1.2 million in severance taxes

In addition to the severe effect it is already having on jobs and the economy in Letcher County, steep cuts in the production of coal and natural gas will leave the county’s governing body with $1.2 million less in severance tax receipts this year than it earned the year before, Letcher County Judge/Executive Jim Ward said this week. “It has […]

Training for prison jobs coming

If indeed a new federal prison were built in Letcher County, nearly all of the 350 workers who would be hired there initially would need to bring some skills with them. In order to help meet the demand for skilled workers, the Letcher County Board of Education and the Letcher County Area Technology Center have formed a partnership to create […]

Board member wants all schools to furnish Wi-Fi

A member of the Letcher County Board of Education has asked that the district come up with ways to upgrade the district’s computer network so that all students can access a wireless Internet connection in Letcher County schools. Board Member Dr. Sam Quillen Jr. said students at Fleming-Neon Middle School sit in hallways to find wireless service to access the […]


Howard family plans Christmas party


Hello everyone, hope you are all doing well. Have you all been being good so maybe Santa will come see you? I’ve tried to be good. I read in last week’s Eagle some of my friends are really talented. Martha Burns won first place for a quilt, and Colleen Hart for a quilt also, and Joanne Walters won first place […]

Services hed for Michael Rayburn

Funeral services for Michael Douglas Rayburn I, 62, were held December 16 at the Big Cowan Old Regular Baptist Church. Burial was in the Obey Fields Cemetery at Cowan. Born in Letcher County, he was a son of Hazel Fields Rayburn of Big Cowan and the late Earl Rayburn. He died December 13 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. He was […]

Head Start vists Ermine Center

Hello everyone from all of us at the Ermine Center. We were all very saddened by the loss of Barbara Hall. She was a sweet and dear lady to all of us. We will sure miss her. Keep her husband, James Hall, and family in your prayers. Also keep Winston Sturgill’s family in your prayers. He will surely be missed. […]

Rites are held for Velma Ison

Funeral services for Velma Ison, 91, were held December 12 at Everidge Funeral Home. Burial was in the Whitaker Cemetery at Roxana. Born in Letcher County, she was a daughter of the late Jasper and Siller ‘Gilley’ Ison and a sister of the late John Ison, Arthur Ison, Irvin Ison, Marion Ison, Arlie Ison, Edgar Ison, Bertha Ison, Eva Frazier, […]

Replacement SS card

Question: I applied for a replacement Social Security card last week but have not received it. When should I expect to receive my new card? Answer: On average, it takes approximately 10 to 14 days to receive your replacement Social Security card. However, if we need to verify documents you present as proof of identity, it could take longer in […]

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