Board sets Aug. 5 as first school day for 2015-16 year

Students enrolled in Letcher County Public Schools will start next school year on August 5. The Letcher County Board of Education approved the 2015-2016 school calendar during its meeting held March 23. Fall break is set for October 9 and October 12. Christmas break begins December 19. The second semester begins January 4. Spring break is April 4 – 8. […]

Mrs. Banks nears 100

100TH BIRTHDAY — Elsie Caudill Banks, formerly of Cowan and now a resident of Letcher Manor, will observe her 100th birthday on March 27. She wrote the Cowan news for The Mountain Eagle from 1973 until 2004, and always enjoyed passing along news from home and far away. Of her seven siblings, she is the fourth to have reached 100 […]

Constable was trying to stop man before wreck on Route 7

Police say a Sandlick man was flown by helicopter to a medical facility after he lost control of the car he was driving and crashed into a car Saturday in Jeremiah. A dog was killed in the head-on collision. Thomas R. Absher, 29, was injured March 21 when he lost control of the Dodge Neon while driving around a steep […]

Grand jury names 19 in 21 indictments here

The Letcher County Grand Jury has charged 19 people in 21 indictments, including a Jenkins man charged in two indictments. The grand jury says on December 15, Douglas Matthew Hayes, 40, of Rt. Box 145, Jenkins, resisted arrest by Jenkins Patrolman Thomas A. Bormes, unlawfully restrained Elizabeth Ross, burglarized Apt. 376, Mountain Breeze Apartment Complex, Burdine, and is a persistent […]

Cats, Cards have scores to settle

Bob Watkins “You may have to fight a battle more than once to win.” — Margaret Thatcher So it is, Old Kentucky Home brethren who hitch highest hopes onto our stars — two Sweet 16 entries headed north. Before Thursday, Kentucky’s unbeatens will be reminded five springtimes ago that Bob Huggins’s underdog West Virginia outflanked (and schooled) the Wildcats and […]


One shining moment. Roxanne Chalifoux. Villanova’s brave and teary piccolo player became face of the tournament with her play-on courage. Among tweets to Chalifoux after Nova’s ouster, “(Roxanne) spends 10 years learning piccolo just to be called flute girl.” And so it goes.

A sure sign of spring

As sure as the weather begins to warm in March, the Jenkins Lady Cavaliers will be playing a winning brand of fast-pitch softball. On Tuesday, the Lady Cavs improved their record on the young season to five wins agains only one loss with an 11-1 win over Sheldon Clark in a game that was called after five innings. The Jenkins […]

Service held for Ira D. Combs

Funeral services were held this week for Ira D. Combs, a sports columnist whose work appeared frequently in The Mountain Eagle and other mountain newspapers. He was 61. Combs, of Jeff in Perry County, collapsed March 21 just outside the KFC Yum! Center on his way to pick up credentials for the NCAA Tournament. NCAA President Mark Emmert extended sympathies […]

Pitino says Calipari is ‘coach of the year’

LOUISVILLE Count Louisville coach Rick Pitino among those who believes Kentucky’s John Calipari deserves national coach of the year honors. Asked Tuesday about the U.S. Basketball Writers Association voting Virginia’s Tony Bennett ahead of the coach of top-ranked and unbeaten Kentucky (36-0), Pitino said he would’ve selected his in-state archrival. Calipari has won seven of eight meetings with Pitino, including […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Nice bass being caught at Carr Fork

Well, at long last the spring season is officially here. This means a lot to many of us cabin fever crazy anglers that are ready to get out and do some early spring fishing. I have heard of some pretty good bass fishing on area lakes. Reports of some nice bass being caught at Carr Creek Lake in the past […]

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