Jenkins advances plan for gas utility

The Jenkins City Council voted unanimously this week to choose Pikeville-based Summit Engineering to design and implement the city’s plan to provide natural gas to residential and commercial customers. Summit and another engineering firm, Kenvirons of Frankfort, made presentations acceptable to the council, but the proximity and number of Letcher County residents employed by Summit tilted the vote its way. […]

Boy, 5, remembered for ‘always smiling’

Dies in mishap in yard of Blackey home

Family members of a five-yearold cancer survivor who died in a freak accident at Blackey Saturday want people to wear superhero attire at his funeral on Thursday. Logan Howard, a kindergarten student at Letcher Elementary School, died after running a batterypowered toy truck under a trampoline on February 9, said Letcher County Coroner Marty Baker. “He was trapped between the […]

Neon battling water woes

About 10 percent of Fleming-Neon Water Company customers — or about 120 households — have had water off and on since Feb. 1, said Fleming-Neon Mayor Susie Polis. A boil water advisory is in effect for all customers of Fleming-Neon Water Company. Households located in higher elevations in Fleming-Neon and the upper parts of Goose Creek and Hogg Hollow have […]

The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1908

February 11 1943 The executive council of the Letcher County Liquor Control Association met January 5 at the Baptist Church in Whitesburg to organize for the local-option election the association asked for after a public meeting in the Letcher County Courthouse on January 1. Committee president Thomas B. Hale said the group’s campaign to become Kentucky’s 69th dry county would […]

Jenkins soldier on bomber that went missing in WW II

As was the case with many of the 149 soldiers from Letcher County who were killed in World War II, little information was released about Sgt. Wilfred Durde Coyer after the B-25C bomber on which he was a crew member went missing soon after taking off from an airstrip on the island of New Guinea early in 1943. “Friends in […]

Good neighbors are appreciated


Hello everyone, hope you are all doing OK. It’s such a beautiful day (Saturday). It sure doesn’t feel like February! Don’t even need a coat and that’s fine with me. I thought about all the bad weather in Connecticut . Thirty inches of snow and thousands of people without power. I sure hope they get it back soon. Dorthy Tacket […]


Corolla owner tracks down strange sound

Car Talk

Dear Tom and Ray: I finally figured out what the sound is in my garage. Something on my 2009 Toyota Corolla is running when the car is turned off! I have heard it at various times of the day and night, and also when the car has been parked for hours. There is a noise coming from the driver’s-side rear […]

Jeffrey Allison to lecture at Wise

Professional photographer Jeffrey Allison will visit Wise, Va., on Thursday, Feb. 21, for a lecture entitled “The Real World: Courbet, Whistler, and the Manet,” as part of the University of Virginia’s College at Wise Cultural Arts Series. His lecture is at 7 p.m. in the Rhododendron Room in the Slemp Center at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. Admission […]

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