Oven Fork, Kingscreek senior centers will be forced to close

Letcher County will probably see two senior citizens centers close by the end of the year unless the fiscal court can come up with a solution to the low number of participants at the centers. The centers most likely to be closed are Kingscreek and Oven Fork, Letcher County Judge/Executive Jim Ward said Tuesday. Mike Miller, executive director of the […]


TECO sells for almost ‘nothing,’ deal’s critics say

TECO Energy is exiting the coal business, an industry rapidly losing its environmental appeal as a domestic provider of fuel for power plants. The Tampa power company and parent of Tampa Electric and two gas companies, said it has closed the sale of its coal-mining subsidiary, TECO Coal LLC, to Cambrian Coal Corporation, a Booth Energy company of Kentucky. How […]

Jenkins hoops star will be a Hilltopper

Jenkins High School basketball standout Whitney Creech has verbally committed to play Division 1 basketball next fall at Western Kentucky University. Creech, a guard and forward for the Lady Cavaliers, had 16 offers from Division 1 schools including Morehead State University, Eastern Kentucky University, Middle Tennessee State University, Marshall University, Coastal Carolina University and Furman University. She posted her decision […]

Cougars seek fourth win after defeating Bobcats

The Letcher County Central Cougars hope to build on their winning record Friday when they host Perry County Central in the Double Kwik Pine Mountain Classic. Kickoff for the game at Ermine on Mountain Heritage Festival weekend is 7:30 p.m. The Cougars improved their record to 3-2 when they traveled to Jackson last Friday to score a convincing 63-35 victory […]

Vaught to write about UK football, basketball for The Mountain Eagle

As readers of The Mountain Eagle will soon learn, no one is better at covering the University of Kentucky’s basketball and football programs than sports columnist Larry Vaught. Vaught, whose work has appeared for many years in The Advocate-Messenger newspaper in Danville, is now doing what the late Don Webb urged him to do just a few years ago — […]

Struttin’ Time:

Fishing trip was a great birthday gift

Although deer archery season has begun, I took Jim Bentley, formerly of Neon and lifetime friend of mine, up on a birthday gift he bought me — an all paid guided fishing trip. Off I went to Maryville, Tennessee. There I met up with Jim. We had a lot of catching up to do, and took a trip down memory […]

Gibbs flexes early muscle

Joe Gibbs Racing entered the first race of the Chase at Chicago as the hottest organization in the sport. Seldom can one organization claim that all four of its teams in the Chase but and more than capable of winning the title, but Gibbs did just that on Sunday. JGR made a big bold statement when the checkered flag waved […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Wade fishermen are having success

I have talked to several fishermen who tell me they have been doing well wade fishing. One guy was telling me of several big smallmouth bass being caught in a stream around Linefork. One bass was in the four-pound range and close to 20 inches long. That is a nice bass anywhere. Just about all these bass are being caught […]

Police Beat

Friday, August 28 • At 11:26 a.m., a male caller from Highway 1103, Cornettsville, reports to the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Office that someone has removed several large trees from his property. • At 11:38 a.m., the sheriff ’s office receives a call from a female in Jenkins who complains that her uncle assaulted her around 8:30 the night before. […]

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