Music of eastern Kentucky native compared to country stars of old

“You sound great and you sound country and I love it.” Those were the words country musician and Grand Ole Opry host John Conlee said to fellow Kentucky native Sturgill Simpson after Simpson performed Saturday night at the Opry in Nashville. Simpson, a native of Breathitt County who graduated high school in central Kentucky, will be in Whitesburg later this […]

Police have talked with 50-plus drivers of vans after report

Police have questioned the drivers of at least 50 white vans traveling in Letcher County since a woman was nearly abducted while running alone on the Whitesburg bypass Friday evening. The 43-year-old woman, who didn’t want to be identified by name in The Mountain Eagle, had parked near the old Whitesburg High School and had been running about three or […]

Police officer shortage affecting City of Jenkins

A shortage of police officers in the City of Jenkins is hampering efforts to keep students at Jenkins Independent Schools safe as they arrive at and leave school. At the November meeting of the Jenkins City Council, Councilman Robert Adams questioned why Jenkins police officers were not directing traffic at the entrance of Jenkins Middle High School. Adams said he […]

‘Flat’ trots globe with students

Students from Arlie Boggs Elementary School are learning about places scattered across the globe from people who live in these locations, thanks to a literary character named Flat Stanley. In 1964, Jeff Brown wrote a book about a little boy named Stanley Lambchop who was flattened one night when a bulletin board fell on him while he was asleep. As […]

City, Veolia may agree on new plan to settle old debt

State to give amnesty on road funds if proper documents are filed soon

Attorneys for the City of Whitesburg and Veolia Water North America-South are negotiating to ease collection efforts Veolia began in August after the city fell behind in making monthly payments on a $1.05 million debt owed the company after it stopped managing the city’s water and sewer departments in 2011. As part of an August 2012 settlement of a federal […]

Veterans to be honered in event at high school

A Veterans Day program will be held in the Letcher County Central High School gymnasium at 9 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 11. Veterans planning on attending the event are asked to register by calling 633- 2339. Kim Sergent, a teacher at LCCHS, said this year’s program will include a special recognition for Korean War veterans and the public’s help is […]

Man charged after incident at Walmart

A Jenkins man was arrested Sunday night outside the Whitesburg Walmart and charged with public intoxication. A woman saw Kentucky State Police Trooper Jason Bates inside Walmart and told him that she and her child exited their vehicle in the Whitesburg Plaza parking lot, and Orville L. Hall, 57, of 695 Joe’s Branch, was sitting nearby in a parked vehicle, […]

Roger and Pat Miles mark 50th anniversary


Sorry I didn’t have a column last week, just hadn’t heard much to write about. Sometimes I just don’t see many people during the week. Halloween has come and gone and hopefully all the little spooks had a good night and got plenty of candy. Bob takes advantage of that night to scare kids to death. We only had around […]


Alice Kincer of Bottom Fork celebrated her 90th birthday Oct. 30 with a party at Pizza Hut with family and friends. She is the daughter of the late Lee and Lona Kincer of Bottom Fork, and a sister of Maxie Wilcox, Dixie Sparks and Major Sparks.

Rites held for Mike Mullins

Mike “Fuzz” Mullins, 60, of Pound, Va., died October 3 at Indian Path Hospital in Kingsport, Tenn. A son of the late Stewart R. and Ora Mullins, he was a brother of the late Juanita Powers, Loretta Adkins, Victoria Mullins, Roger Mullins and Emmit Mullins. He was a coal miner for almost 39 years. Surviving are his wife of 42 […]

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