Local waterworks expected to await advice from state before fluoride reductions



Operators of the four public water systems that serve Letcher County are expected to wait for instructions from state officials before lowering the amount of fluoride added to local drinking water supplies. The federal government has announced it is lowering the recommended amount of fluoride in drinking water because some kids are getting too much, causing white splotches on their […]

Alpha boss warns of layoffs to come



The leader of Alpha Natural Resources is warning of more layoffs after the company’s first quarter revenues were lower than expected. “As we have been for some time, we’re taking action to control cost everywhere and reduce cost where we can,” Alpha Chairman and CEO Kevin Crutchfield said in comments after the company released its first quarter report April 30. […]

Grant will enable MCHC to expand



Whitesburg-based Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation (MCHC) received a $608,317 federal grant this week that will enable it to open a sixth medical clinic in southeastern Kentucky. MCHC’s chief operating officer, L.M. “Mike” Caudill, said Tuesday the organization will use the funding made possible by the Affordable Care Act to open a new clinic in Pineville in Bell County. “We were […]

Ex-UK great apologizes for telling truth

Sports in Kentucky

College basketball in America, April was a rear-view-mirror month. In college sports here, dismal, forgettable. Former Kentucky star Derek Anderson supplied the epilogue, sharing his opinions on coaching at Kentucky and one-and-doneism on ESPN radio. “If Coach Cal wanted to keep these kids and develop them, he should tell them that,” Anderson told host Drew Deener. “He’s just running them […]

To compete in state tennis meet



Lady Cavs win over Knott



The Jenkins Lady Cavaliers were host to Knott County Central in a district matchup. Things didn’t get started until the bottom of the second inning when Whitney Creech doubled to left field. McKenzie Gibson moved Creech to third on a sacrifice bunt, and she scored as Taylor Johnson reached base on an error. In the third inning, Charity Niece picked […]

A time to celebrate



Sunday’s race at Talladega for much of the afternoon followed the usual script anytime the series rolls into the restrictor plate track. There was plenty of three- andfour wide racing, two-tire pit stops but not the usual finish that always features a couple of lines of cars trying to get into position to make that final pass for the win. […]

Struttin’ Time:

You are a jerk if you kill a jake

From all that I can tell, and from reading the front page of The Mountain Eagle last week, this has been a great year for harvesting turkeys. Most of the longbeards I have looked at, or seen in the sights of my shotgun, have been older birds — three years or older. I haven’t seen one jake, although I did […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

More reports of big bass biting

I have been told of some real nice bass being caught here and in parts of Tennessee. Just this week, a friend of mine told me about a bass weighting more than six pounds that was caught at Carr Creek Lake by a member of his family. Several nice-sized bass have also been caught on Cherokee Lake and Norris Lake […]

Fleming-Neon Pirates improve to 10-3 mark



The Fleming-Neon Middle School baseball team defeated Prestonsburg 4-2 at Neon last week to bring its record to 10-3. John Potter pitched for the win with Trevor Hardin getting the save. Fleming-Neon 23 East Ridge 0 On April 29, Trevor Hardin, Hunter Meade, Kalin Branham and Dakota Mullins combined to pitch a one hitter at East Ridge, and Manny Gibson […]


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