Food pantry a busy place

Local volunteers hand out 188 boxes of food in 9 hours

The Letcher County Food Pantry gave out 188 boxes of food in the nine-hour period it was open last week. Vicki Holbrook, co-director of the food pantry, said 84 boxes of food were picked up on Nov. 18, 44 boxes on Nov. 19 and 60 boxes on Nov. 20. “The need is increasing and these months approaching will be some […]

Firefighter released from hospital after being badly hurt in accident



A young Mayking firefighter was returned to his home Monday from a hospital in Kingsport, Tenn., where he was airlifted last Friday after being badly injured in traffic accident at Jeremiah. James Ison of Pine Creek, who volunteers for both the Mayking and Sandlick fire departments in Letcher County, was answering a “mutual aid” call to fight a barn fire […]

Neon will share county’s water supply for period



Letcher County Water and Sewer District Manager Mark Lewis told the district’s board of directors that the Fleming-Neon Water District is having source problems with its water supply and will be drawing water from the county’s Deane Water tank. He added that a number of county water lines were exposed in the recent heavy rains and said that work crews […]

Expect Wynyard to become a fan favorite

Vaught’s Views

Now that he has signed his letter-of-intent and will soon be joining the University of Kentucky basketball program, Tai Wynyard of Auckland, New Zealand, says he can’t wait to get to Lexington. “I’m really excited to get into the system and just start balling and learning everything I can,” said the 6-9, 230-pound forward who was part of the World […]

Nuggets for the holiday

Sports in Kentucky

To readers of The Mountain Eagle, in particular you who spare a few of 10,080 minutes a week to agree-and-not with one old guy’s opinions before tossing it into the trash, thank you. Your time is precious and e-mails afterward are too. Even those with suggestions of where I can stick my points-ofview, which often are physically impossible. This week, […]

Struttin’ Time:

Saying so long until next year

It sure doesn’t feel like it, but another year of Struttin’ Time is history. We had a blast again this year, as you and I together hunted and fished across the United States. I finished this deer season, without filling my tag. All I killed was time. I understand archery and black powder seasons will be back around, but for […]

Kyle Busch wins it all



Long after the sun had gone down on Homestead- Miami Speedway, Kyle Busch crawled out of his Toyota in victory lane after not only capturing the checkered flag for the Ford EcoBoost 400, but also winning his first ever Sprint Cup championship. It was a storybook ending to Busch’s year that made it one of the best comeback stories in […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Region’s bigger rivers producing now

By GREG “GABBY” CAUDILL I have been told of some good river fishing on some of the bigger rivers in Tennessee, mostly the Clinch River that flows into Cherokee Lake. Cherokee Lake has been one of my favorite lakes for many years to fish for bass and crappie. This lake is in my opinion one of the best bass fishing […]

Kentucky back at No. 1




LEXINGTON Kentucky is back in a very familiar spot — on top of The Associated Press college basketball poll. It only took a couple of weeks. The Wildcats, who were No. 1 every week last season, moved up one spot Monday following North Carolina’s loss to Northern Iowa. Kentucky (4-0) beat then-No. 5 Duke in the Champions Classic last week […]

State has many on Medicaid who work for little pay





Traveling around rural Clay County, Jennifer Gates seeks out people in need of health coverage . There are plenty of them. From the homeless veteran under a bridge to the low-paid school cafeteria cook, Gates helps them find health coverage through kynect, Kentucky’s version of the Affordable Care Act. Many qualify for Medicaid, the government plan for the poor, even […]


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