Letcher County has this region’s healthiest people

For the third year in a row, Letcher County continues to have the healthiest population among the coal-producing counties of southeastern Kentucky in 2015. The “2015 County Health Rankings for Kentucky” are compiled by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. For the fourth year in a row, Oldham County, near Louisville, […]

Productivity of region’s miners better, but still lags far behind

Underground coal miners in eastern Kentucky and elsewhere in Central Appalachia mined coal at the rate of 1.37 tons per man-hour during the last quarter of 2014, while the region’s surface miners produced 3.23 tons of coal per manhour during the same three-month period, a new analysis shows. Combined, Central Appalachian miners produced 2.37 tons of coal per man-hour during […]

Man, 65, pleads guilty in courthouse dispute

A 65-year-old Little Cowan man has pleaded guilty to harassment and menacing charges stemming from an altercation last month with Letcher County Judge/Executive Jim Ward. Jack Cornett, of 310 Highway 2035, was arrested at his home March 2 after being accused of shoving Ward and using loud and abusive language in Ward’s office at the Letcher County Courthouse earlier that […]

Saturday’s match too close to call

Sports in Kentucky

Final Four. A fellow could pocket a modest fortune for times we’ve heard this Final Four: Ways to beat Kentucky. From beehive buzz of television talking heads on the Kentucky Wisconsin game, ESPN’s Jay Williams stirred the pot with an intriguing mostly unnoticed little sentence. “Ya know what? It’s time to stop betting against Kentucky.” Irony? This is precisely that […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Crappie fishing is getting much better

The time is here for crappie fishing to start improving and to get better and better. I have gotten all kinds of good crappie fishing reports on several lakes in Kentucky and Tennessee. I have several friends who have had good trips for bass and crappie fishing the past few weeks and it will get better as the early spring […]

Struttin’ Time:

Risking cottonmouths to hunt wild boar

Well, I am back from Florida, and from all the e-mails I got, I see you missed “Struttin’ Time” last week. Thanks for your questions as to why we were not in The Mountain Eagle, but remember I need to go places were there are no computers to get the stories we write about. Well, we arrived in Palatka, Fla., […]

NASCAR ‘tired’ Pit Lane

Those individuals that sit on top of the pit boxes up and down a Sprint Cup pit road have always had the reputation of trying to be one step ahead of NASCAR’s rulebook. The sanctioning body prides itself in making sure that the so-called playing field stays even for everyone that competes at the Cup level, but history will tell […]

Lady Cavs take three

Jenkins traveled to Norton, Va., to take on J.I. Burton last week. Burton jumped out quickly on the Lady Cavs. In the first inning, the lead off batter received a walk, the second batter singled and the third doubled to left to score two runs. J.I. Burton loaded the bases and Estevez got Jenkins out of the jam with three […]


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