New Jenkins mayor says he doesn’t owe bounced check



Despite being mayor of the City of Jenkins for only two weeks, Todd Depriest is already facing one unusual item of old business — a $1,387.84 cold check he wrote to the city to pay for blacktop more than two years ago. City documents obtained by The Mountain Eagle indicate that Depriest wrote a personal check on December 3, 2012 […]

‘Roundabout’ hot topic again at city meeting



There was a good deal of spillover at the January meeting of the Whitesburg City Council that came from last Thursday’s informational meeting concerning the new entryway to the city. Kelvin Eldridge, owner of Bella Home Furnishings, located next door to the city fire station, told the council that while he was not at the meeting to advocate for one […]

Hall was jailer, sheriff



Funeral services will be held Friday for Vernon Eugene Hall, 72, a former Letcher County jailer and Letcher County sheriff who devoted many of his later years outside of politics to helping feed and clothe poor people. Hall died January 11 at his home at Cromona, apparently of a heart attack. Before being elected the county’s jailer in the late […]

Former candidate is arrested after jury indictment unsealed



A former candidate for Letcher County sheriff was arrested Saturday and charged with possession of a handgun by a convicted felon. The charge against “Walking Tall” Jon Hall, 36, of Neon was contained in an indictment that was opened last week by Judge Sam Wright. The indictment had been sealed after being returned by the Letcher Grand Jury December 18. […]

Numbers by JHS’s Creech double U.S. average




It’s raining in the mountains again, where basketball points are pouring. Whitney Creech at Jenkins High School is the rage. Not since Geri Grigsby at Mc- Dowell (Miss Basketball 1977) scored 4,385 points, and Kim Mays at Knox Central (Miss Basketball 1990) scored 3,952, and Carolyn Alexander 3,563 at Hazard (mid- 90s), has an eastern Kentuckian put up Creech’s numbers. […]

Blair was part of Border Bowl victory



Zane Blair, who recently completed his senior season at Letcher County Central High School, holds the trophy presented Saturday to the Kentucky All-Stars after their 33-32 win over the Tennessee All-Stars in the annual National Guard Border Bowl, held this year at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Ky. Kentucky’s win in a game that is being called the […]

Quiet winter continues



February has always been the official start of the Sprint Cup season, but race fans remember that the new season actually got kicked off with the annual three-day January Daytona test sessions. It was the first time of the New Year that the teams were back on the track as a group and the media always used it to start […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Live bait was well worth the money

In the cold of winter largemouth bass are looking for live baitfish and minnow schools to feed on. That makes live bait for bass fishing this time of year a great choice. Live bait is usually in the form of some type of chub minnow or bait shop-bought minnows or shiner-type bait. Many anglers like to set minnow traps and […]

Struttin’ Time:

It’s time to think about packing your bag

Now is the time we need to be making sure we are ready to head out when turkey season opens this coming spring. Clean your firearms, tune your calls, wash your hunting clothes, check your boots, and make sure your backpack has the things in it to make an enjoyable hunt. Nothing is as heart breaking as to hike a […]

Hookup with county water system pays off for Neon after McRoberts pump fails



The Fleming-Neon City Council learned that the Goose Creek to Hemphill to Deane area was the first beneficiary of the connection between the water lines running from Deane, that belong to the Letcher County Water and Sewer District, and lines from the Fleming- Neon Water District. Mayor Susie Polis told the council that earlier on Monday, she had learned that […]


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