College under financial strain

SKCTC administrators say drugs, poor economy are reasons why

At least 10 positions — and possibly as many as 15 — at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College’s five campuses have either been eliminated or the persons in those positions have been notified that their contracts will not be renewed after this semester, faculty and staff say. Employees paint a picture of a college with chronic budget overruns and […]

Trump says order will put coal miners back on the job




WASHINGTON Declaring an end to what he’s called “the war on coal,” President Donald Trump signed an executive order this week that eliminates numerous restrictions on fossil fuel production, breaking with leaders across the globe who have embraced cleaner energy sources. The order makes good on Trump’s campaign pledge to unravel former President Barack Obama’s efforts to curb global warming, […]

Man who beat murder charge is indicted here for ‘importing heroin’



A Georgia man who was acquitted here in 2013 of murder has been indicted on a felony charge again in Letcher County, this time on counts of transporting and selling heroin. The Letcher County Grand Jury indicted Alfred “New York” White, 50, of Jonesboro, Ga., on one charge of importing heroin and one charge of first-degree trafficking in a controlled […]

Future UK star Diallo shares insights

Vaught’s Views

At times he might have wondered what it would be like to be playing at Kentucky now, but Hamidou Diallo insists he never lost track of his plan. He enrolled at Kentucky in January intending to redshirt the rest of this season and then have a head start on the 2017-18 season where he figures to be a starting guard […]

Coach’s ties to Jenkins gives us reason to cheer



Thank goodness we basketball fans in Letcher County still have an SEC team to get behind in the NCAA Tournament. Even better, Jenkins High School graduate Matt Figger has played a major role in putting together the team in question, the University of South Carolina Gamecocks, and helping them become one of the biggest success stories in college basketball today. […]

Young hunter’s encouraging words

Struttin’ Time:

The coolest thing happened to me this past week in Letcher County. I had been doing what I normally do this time of year, scouting for turkeys on some of my finest friends’ property. I am always thrilled when I come from the woods and know my friend has me a place to warm and a great cup of coffee. […]

Kyle Larson’s homecoming



The Monster Energy Cup Series finished its three-race NASCAR Goes West portion of the schedule on Sunday at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., and for California native Kyle Larson it was the homecoming that every driver dreams about. The three-day weekend of racing was dominated by the Chip Ganassi Racing driver as he also competed in the Xfinity race […]

Lakes are in the process of filling up

Gabby’s fishing fever

It seems most of the area lakes are starting to slowly rise some. Lakes in Kentucky and Tennessee are coming up some. It will take a while for the water to make it all the way to summer pool. While the water is rising it starts to cover some of the shallow areas and this will cause bait fish schools […]

The Way We Were



Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1907 Thursday, March 31, 1927 Whitesburg will field its own coalfield baseball team this spring and summer as players from the Marlowe and Sandlick camps will be combined and will play on the new diamond on the James P. Lewis Bottom. A pie and box supper was held at Marlowe […]

Firm announces closing of Jenkins facility by letter



Almost two years ago now, Healthcare National Marketing, Inc. took a chance to open a call center in Jenkins in Letcher County. This was the first expansion project ever for the company. Healthcare National Marketing Inc. has had the privilege of offering over 259 job opportunities since the opening date back in 2015 and invested more than a million dollars […]


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