Magistrate expense accounts total $600 instead of $300 that was first indicated

The reinstatement of expense accounts for magistrates approved last week by the Letcher Fiscal court total $600 per month rather than the $300 per month that was indicated during the court’s January 18 meeting, The Mountain Eagle has learned. The court voted 3-2 last week to reinstate the two expense accounts which magistrates had voted to no longer accept late […]


Board still looking to end classes in mid-May

Even though Letcher County Public Schools have called off school eight times this semester because of inclement weather, summer break for students could still begin in mid-May. Because the school district banked five days, it has three days to make up. Banked days are used to compensate for some days missed and are days accumulated by having extra time added […]

7 file for House seat

Letcher County is home to three of seven candidates who have filed to run for the 94th District State Representative’s seat being vacated by Leslie Combs. Colin Fultz, of Camp Branch, drove to Frankfort Tuesday afternoon to file his candidacy papers to run for the Republican nomination against Wesley Doughman of Isom. Also seeking the nod from GOP voters are […]

Teacher’s son not your average recruit

Vaught’s Views

Kentucky is one of the schools pursuing 6-9 junior Jarred Vanderbilt, who is only 16 years old and ranked as one of the top 10 recruits in the 2017 recruiting class. “He’s going to be really special at the next level,” Victory Prep (Texas) coach Rodney McCray, a former Louisville and NBA star, said. Vanderbilt has already played at three […]

Is UK now ‘getting it?’

Sports in Kentucky

Eureka moments are part of most every basketball season. It’s why we pay attention to witness when a jumble shows signs of “we get it” and starts becoming a team. For fans, makes-my-day magical. A feel-good worth the time and ticket. A payback for devotion. Last week the Kentucky Wildcats showed signs of “we get it!” Evidence: 1. An across-the-board […]

Struttin’ Time:

Vest rose in price from $30 to $299.99

In 1991, Mimi and I went to a hunting and fishing show in Lexington. What caught my eye was a vest to wear while turkey hunting that, when placed on the ground, made a chair. Being able to sit back in comfort while waiting for a long beard to make his way to your calls is very important, as you […]

All 3 series to end in Miami

NASCAR has always been known as the one sanctioning body in all of professional sports that is quick to make any changes that it feels is necessary to improve the sport for both the teams and fans. The majority of changes handed down by NASCAR either address safety issues or make sure that the competition level between teams stays on […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Smaller baits catch bigger fish now

This is the time of year when it’s best to fish smaller baits such as jigs, tube baits, crank baits and spoons, along with bladed baits such as the silver buddy. All the baits I mentioned above come in regular and smaller versions. Bass simply will not chase large baits in colder water or move a long way to chase […]

Lexington mayor to challenge Paul for seat in Senate

FRANKFORT Lexington Mayor Jim Gray filed to run for Rand Paul’s U.S. Senate seat this week, giving Paul a viable challenger and complicating his bid for re-election as he lags in the polls in his presidential campaign. Gray, the wealthy former CEO of a construction company, made history in 2010 when he was elected Kentucky’s first openly gay mayor. Since […]

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