Four-year-old Eli Cornett posed for a photograph Friday evening with Frozen characters Olaf, Elsa and Anna at The Mountain Eagle office. More than 100 children waited in line after the Whitesburg Christmas Parade to meet the popular princesses played by Letcher County Central High School seniors Kennedy Breeding and Rachel Lucas. Eli is the son of LaRanda Baker Cornett, of […]

Ky. Power wants 12.45% rate hike; may start Jan. 23

Recent savings on the price of gasoline at the pump may soon be erased by an increase in the monthly power bills of most Letcher County residents. Kentucky Power Company, a subsidiary of American Electric Power (AEP), is asking the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) to approve its request for an average rate increase of 12.48 percent. If approved, the […]

Public urged to attend meeting

The Letcher County Fiscal Court was informed that the City of Whitesburg will hold a special meeting on January 8 at 6:30 p.m. at Whitesburg City Hall to get input from city and county residents on the proposed new entrance to the city. The purpose of the meeting is to decide if the Kentucky Department of Transportation should proceed with […]

Police looking for stolen beehives and 6-foot bear

Two unrelated thefts were reported to the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department Monday afternoon — one involved beehives and the other a stuffed black bear. Larry Yonts, of 8167 Highway 317, Deane, told police that someone came into his yard in the early hours of December 13 and stole two beehives — a Kentucky special and a beehive kit purchased […]

Kentucky, UCLA to meet in Chicago

The only school with more national championships than top-ranked Kentucky’s eight is UCLA with 11. On Saturday, the Wildcats and Bruins play for the first time in eight years in the second half of an impressive doubleheader in Chicago. Kentucky (11-0) is the unanimous No. 1 team in the AP poll. The Wildcats are coming off an 84-70 win over […]

Cougars win fifth in a row

After a season-opening loss at Harlan County, the Letcher Central Cougars have rebounded to win five in a row to raise their record to a surprising 5-1. The Cougars are led by sophomore guard Torell Carter, who is still learning the guard position and how to involve his teammates in the offense. The major thing about these Cougars is that […]

Fans honor Poythress

A trifecta of bring-out-the-bestin us sporting events took place across America last week. v IN PHILADELPHIA, football fans came from Annapolis, Maryland and West Point, New York, marched together, cheered mightily against one another, then, at the end, sang together. Army versus Navy is the essence of us: My fellow man first, no look-at-ME show-off and no place for “show […]

LCC girls (3-3) to host tourney

The Letcher Central Lady Cougars’ three-day, four-team ARH Christmas Classic begins Thursday with Harlan County (6-1) playing (3-2) Jenkins at 6 p.m., followed by LCCHS ( 3- 3) and Breathitt County (3-1) at 7:30 p.m. The Friday evening matchups are Jenkins vs. Breathitt County in the first game at 6 p.m. followed by LCCHS vs. Harlan County. Saturday’s first game […]

Political Cartoon

Two-acre permits might help region recover, writer says

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: I think I have one solution to putting coal miners back to work here in Appalachia and elsewhere. This will also affect carpenters, welders, hydraulics, truck drivers and the rest of the eight jobs that are associated with the loss of each coal mining job. It’s simple; reinstate the two-acre mining permit. In the 1970’s and 1980’s […]

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