The ‘Promise Zone’ and E.Ky.

You don’t need another person telling you the challenges facing eastern Kentucky. You’ve either read the stories, or, if you reside in the region, you witness them every day. Now is the time to focus on opportunity, assets and collaboration. That’s where we’ll begin as we lead and administer the recently announced federal Promise Zone, which is comprised of Bell, […]

Grimes defends coal, touts jobs plan during her visit to mountains

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes vowed to press President Barack Obama to “do the right thing” and give coal its rightful place in a national energy policy, as the U.S. Senate candidate took her campaign to the eastern Kentucky last week. Grimes said she would work to “rein in” federal regulations aimed at mines and coal-fired power plants, and would strive […]

Shooting match is set at Legion

A shooting match will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 26, at the American Legion. Straight guns only, no barrels over 36 inches, no scopes, no peep sites. All guns will be checked before each match. The match is sponsored by the Sons of the American Legion. For more information, call 634-1459 or 633-2834.


The troubled Sears company has quietly began closing its “Hometown Store” at Mayking Mall near Whitesburg. This sign near U.S. 119 and a sign on the store’s window are the only public indications the company is ending its long presence in Letcher County. (Eagle photo)

Cold weather makes return

As Kentuckians dig out from several inches of snow, they’re faced with the prospect of temperatures in the single digits and wind chills even lower Wednesday as an Arctic blast serves a second helping of winter weather. Temperatures in the Bluegrass state were dropped into the single digits early Wednesday with wind chills below zero for much of the state […]

Millstone sewer plant is closing

Residents who paid bills will get septic systems; non-payers will not

The first project undertaken by the Letcher County Water and Sewer District will soon be closed. The Millstone Sewer Treatment Plant, a highly innovative system at the time it was installed in the late 1990s, is set to close because of excessive repair and rehabilitation costs — and the near total lack of payment by the 30 customers who are […]

Rent at Jenkins apartments to range from $350 to $550

If you’re not yet 55 years old but still would consider moving into an apartment building for lowincome seniors, don’t count out Jenkins School Apartments just yet. Although state and federal guidelines say one member of the household must be 55 or older to qualify to lease one of the new units, Johan Graham, director of development for AU Associates, […]

Neon residents told to turn water faucets off when temperature dips below freezing

The bitterly cold temperatures that hit the county earlier this month hit Fleming-Neon residents hard, with almost 40 water leaks occurring in homes and five water meters frozen. Water Department foreman Chris Banks reported to the Fleming Neon City Council last week that the large number of leaks occurring at the same time contributed to the draining of 650,000 gallons […]

Our favorite bird thrives in Pennsylvania

A bald eagle sat on a branch overlooking the Allegheny River near Pittsburgh last week. There are now nesting bald eagles along the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio rivers in Pittsburgh for the first time in more than 200 years, according to Bob Mulvihill of the National Aviary in Pittsburgh. Conformation of 235 additional nesting sites in Pennsylvania contributed to the […]

New report says smoking causes impotence, arthritis

It’s no secret that smoking causes lung cancer. But what about diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, erectile dysfunction? Fifty years into the war on smoking, scientists still are adding diseases to the long list of cigarettes’ harms — even as the government struggles to get more people to kick the habit. A new report from the U.S. Surgeon General’s office says the […]

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