Fiscal court OK’s a new treasurer



The Letcher County Fiscal Court officially appointed County Finance Officer Doris Jean Frazier to replace Phillip Hampton as Letcher County Treasurer at a special called meeting held last Wednesday in the District Courtroom. Frazier has served as county finance officer since she was appointed by Judge/Executive Jim Ward following his election in 2006. Hampton announced his retirement at the May […]

Indictments include heroin count



Two Jenkins residents were indicted by the Letcher County Grand Jury recently after less than two grams of heroin and 20 Xanax tablets were found in the car in which they were riding. Michael D. Hughes, 42, of 4963 Ky. Hwy. 805, is charged with tampering with physical evidence and careless driving on April 4. Shannon S. Hale, 39, also […]

Dog rescued from crevice



A Kentucky River Regional Animal Shelter employee crawled into a narrow crevice in a cliff at Dry Fork Saturday, and came out with a dog nearly as big as him. Two animal shelter employees and three Pine Mountain Search And Rescue members showed up Saturday after a resident reported the dog had been in the crevice in the rocks across […]

Needle exchange may begin here in October



A plan to curtail the spread of hepatitis C, HIV and other blood borne diseases is expected to begin actively exchanging IV drug needles here by October. Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation on Friday formally announced its participation in the Letcher County Harm Reduction Project. The Harm Reduction Project is a program of Letcher County United for Substance Abuse Prevention and […]

A one-sided relationship



A lot of Kentuckians and West Virginians plaster their vehicles and bodies with “Friends of Coal.” But the friendship is not mutual, as an industry group is proving by trying to sabotage U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers’s RECLAIM Act. Rogers’s legislation would put unemployed miners back to work reclaiming abandoned mine sites by spending proceeds from an industry fee in communities […]

Political Cartoon



No recess from opioid crisis



On June 27, public outrage forced the Republicans to postpone their vote to gut the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid. Two hours later, I stood with a loved one in an emergency room in small-town Ohio and got an earful from the nurse taking care of him. The nurse, with more than 20 years in the profession, had spent the […]

‘Jobettes’ in U.S.



Excellent news, folks: A decade after Wall Street greed crashed our economy and crushed the working class, jobs are suddenly plentiful! As an Associated Press article joyously put it, “The U.S. job market has settled into a sweet spot of steadily solid growth.” At long last, the American dream is back for working families, right? Well … in a word: […]

The American flag is not a rag



We’ve seen American flag bikinis — stars on the bottom and stripes on top or the other way around. Flags are used as bandanas and curtains. They decorate paper napkins on which we wipe hamburger grease. They appear on disposable diapers and are draped over car hoods. It happens that strict laws still on the books cover the display of […]

The Way We Were



Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1907 Thursday, July 7, 1927 Several washouts on the L&N Railroad and impaired telegraph and telephone lines were caused by a heavy storm that hit Letcher County on Saturday. For a little while, it looked as if a repeat of the recent flood had arrived as streams left their banks, […]


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