Budget cuts sought by judge would hit sheriff and others

Facing cuts in yearly revenues of more than $1 million, the Letcher Fiscal Court is being asked by Judge/ Executive Jim Ward to reduce the amount of money it spends to fund law enforcement, garbage collection and meals and activities for senior citizens. Ward told court members this week that the amount of money the county government contributes to the […]

Grand jury indicts suspects accused of stealing credit card from fire dept.

The Letcher County Grand Jury has indicted three Letcher County residents on charges of using a Fleet One credit card belonging to the Fleming-Neon Volunteer Fire Department, charging more than $500 in a six-month period from December 26 through March 31. Justin Juan Bates, 34, of Box 3265, Hwy. 15, Whitesburg; Lindsey H. Whitt, 29, also known as Lindsey P. […]

County school board again meets in private

The Letcher County Board of Education met in a closed-door session again this week, the third time in as many meetings. At a special meeting May 14, the board went into a private session after board attorney Darrell Hall said the board needed to discuss possible litigation that may arise from The Mountain Eagle’s complaints that the board has been […]

Can Letcher Co. be toured by river?

There’s more than one way to tour Letcher County. Trails either exist or are in the process of being developed for all-terrain vehicle enthusiasts, hikers, bikers and horseback riders. But, what about a river trail? Headwaters Inc., which is Letcher County’s Watershed Organization, is contemplating the idea of developing a river trail through the county. Tarence Ray, an AmeriCorps VISTA […]

Road name honors sheriff

The state highway spanning from the bridge near Rite Aid in West Whitesburg to Pine Mountain Junction has been named in honor of Letcher County Sheriff Danny R. Webb. Instead of KY 15X, it’s now Sgt. Danny R. Webb U.S. Army Vietnam Vet. Letcher County Sheriff Highway. Tuesday afternoon Webb’s wife, Sharon, told Webb she was taking him to have […]

Too much or not enough?

Report raises new questions about cutbacks in salt amounts

A surprising new report questions public health efforts to get Americans to sharply cut back on salt, saying it’s not clear whether eating super-low levels is worth the struggle. Make no mistake: Most Americans eat way too much salt, not just from salt shakers but because of sodium hidden inside processed foods and restaurant meals. Tuesday’s report stresses that, overall, […]

New store is coming soon

A national sporting goods store based in Birmingham, Alabama announced this week that it will locate a new store in Whitesburg. Hibbett Sporting Goods Inc. said it plans to open the new location this fall at 136 Parkway Plaza Loop (next to Save-A-Lot). Company officials say they anticipate employing eight full and part-time team employees. Hibbett operates more than 879 […]

Doty School reunion planned June 15


Plans are all made for the upcoming Doty Days School reunion. It will be on June 15 beginning at 9:30 a.m. with coffee and doughnuts and the program will start at 12:00 with finger foods and covered dish meal for lunch. Anyone who ever attended Doty School is encouraged to come and join in on the stories of going to […]

HCTC presents student awards

Hazard Community and Technical College honored outstanding graduates during commencement on Saturday, May 11. The President’s Award was presented to Jennifer Couch of Hazard and Kristina L. Mullins of Carrie. Distinguished Scholar awards were presented to those who had a 4.0 grade point average. Those receiving the awards in Associate in Arts are Brandon Jay Hudson of Booneville, Tiffany Megan […]

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