Grand jury says Neon firefighter stole $232,380

A firefighter accused of embezzling nearly a quarter of a million dollars from the Neon Volunteer Fire Department is among five people indicted late last week by a Letcher County grand jury. Samuel W. “Trey” Quillen III, 44, of Neon, turned himself in the following day and was released on a $5,000 cash bond. He is scheduled to be back […]


Parade leaders named

Opening ceremonies for the Mountain Heritage Festival Parade will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 24, in front of the Letcher County Courthouse in downtown Whitesburg when the grand marshals of the parade, Ann Bradley and Whitney Creech, will be introduced. Ann Bradley is a Letcher County’s Family & Science Extension Agent, and has enjoyed a very rewarding career with […]

County faces huge shortfall in budget

Less than three full months into the budget for Fiscal Year 2016–2017, the Letcher County Fiscal Court is facing a $1.3 million shortfall and the necessity of taking drastic action. At this week’s September meeting, Judge/Executive Jim Ward announced the budget deficit and told the court it is unlikely it could “cut their way out if it.” Ward told the […]

Speak Your Piece

E-m@il address In addition to the telephone and the U.S. Mail, The Mountain Eagle accepts comments to Speak Your Piece by electronic mail. Our address is: Letcher County taxpayers beware. The Letcher Fiscal Court has gotten itself into a $1,300,000 shortfall and they’re planning to bail themselves out by raising payroll taxes and property taxes. They’re going to do […]

The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1907 Thursday, September 23, 1926 A man identified by officials only as a “foreigner” is said to have been intoxicated when he was killed after stepping into the path of a taxicab on Potters Fork. The cab, driven by 17-year-old Howard Collier, “was backing down the highway watching to the […]

Mrs. Bentley reminds us why we shouldn’t forget the elderly

Editor’s Note: Many present and former Letcher County residents will remember Helen Bentley for her work as a reading teacher in the Letcher County School System in the Sixties and Seventies. She is now 102 years old, Mrs. Bentley, also known for her belief in civic duty, once singlehandedly forced the L&N Railroad to send a repair crew to downtown […]

Moments and Memories of WHS

From 1941-42 Whitesburg Hi News- 1941-42: The Yellowjackets scored the first touchdown in the first quarter of the game. David Fields carried the ball for 55 yards. The score at the half was 6-0 in favor of Whitesburg. Starting in at the half, Whitesburg scored in the first three minutes, making the score 12-0. With five minutes left to play […]

The Linefork community center is badly missed

My hands are so sore I can hardly write. Greetings to all the readers of The Mountain Eagle. Linefork Sunday, Sept. 18, I was watching TV when the news came of an explosion in New York City and other states, and stalking, etc. Everything is getting so scary, it sure makes me nervous. I just pray they find out who […]

Bad winter is being predicted

Hello everyone! Thanks to all who have inquired about my column not being in The Mountain Eagle. This should make up as I’ve tried to play catch up. Southern Ohio Oh the weather has been delightful in the Ohio Valley area although the mornings have been a tad bit chilly for me. I turned on the heat in my car […]

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