Numbers show gas companies can afford fee county may ask

Wells in Letcher County producing between $47 and $60 million a year

A proposed business license on nonrenewable resource extraction that is expected to raise nearly $4 million in revenue for Letcher County is a fraction of the estimated $47 million to $60 million in natural gas produced annually in the county, estimates by The Mountain Eagle and the county government show. The tax proposed by Letcher Judge/Executive Jim Ward would require […]

Good memories still linger for ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’



Actress Sissy Spacek got an Oscar and a Golden Globe for her role in Coal Miner’s Daughter, and actor Tommy Lee Jones got a Golden Globe nomination for his work. Letcher County residents got the memories of being in a major motion picture. Released 37 years ago, Coal Miner’s Daughter, based on the autobiography of legendary country music singer Loretta […]

Jenkins looks for flowerpot help, funds



It’s spring-cleaning time in Jenkins, and although it is faced with budget shortfalls, one council member proposed a clever way to beautify the city without adding to its costs. Council member Rebecca Amburgey said the city’s flowerpots need attention and suggested an “Adopt a Pot” plan, which would allow businesses in the city to each take responsibility for one of […]

2 face meth charges



A Neon couple charged with possessing crystal methamphetamine in the Pikeville City Park in early March has been indicted by a Pike County Grand Jury. Court documents show 35-year-old Jody Rose was arrested after his wife, 24-year-old Laken Carrie Bates, who was also arrested on meth charges, informed officers that Rose was in the park with another person. According to […]

Hatton pledges to keep watch on the ‘good and bad’



Last November’s election provided me with the privilege of a lifetime — the honor of serving as your voice in Frankfort as the state representative for the 94th House District in Letcher and Pike counties. Since that time, I’ve tried to represent your interests to the very best of my ability, and as we consider the 2017 session’s conclusion last […]

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Phone addiction has unleashed a deadly toll



It was a horrific scene. The pickup truck had smashed headon into a bus taking elderly church members on an outing. Thirteen died. The 20-year-old truck driver said he had been texting when he swerved across the center line in Texas Hill Country. Moments before, a good citizen following the truck had called the police to report a truck driving […]

With fees will come layoffs, well closings



We face a funding crisis in our county government. The tragic loss of jobs, revenue, and severance tax dollars caused by the decline in coal production, the decrease in the price of natural gas, and the decline of drilling new wells has forced us to come together to face this terrible problem that could tear our community apart. Our county […]

The bear in the woods



It is jarring to see pro-Trump conservatives indifferent or even hostile to investigations of Russian intervention in the 2016 campaign. Just a few years ago (it feels like an eternity), conservatives were jumping all over President Obama for his Russian “reset” and his first-term eagerness to negotiate with Moscow. Even further back, conservatives hailed Ronald Reagan’s description of the Soviet […]

Gas and coal firms should do their part



I’ve lived in eastern Kentucky my entire life and I am raising my family here. I see other young families who care about their community, and also want to keep their families here. We need new ideas and investments in our county. There are special challenges that come with shaping the future economy in eastern Kentucky. It’s time we talk […]


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