Could casinos lift county, region out of economic woes?

Could a well-regulated casino bring much needed revenue to Letcher County and other border counties in central Appalachia while helping the residents of those counties make a decent living? That question is being asked more frequently as discussions about the potential benefits of legalized gambling have now started in southeastern Kentucky and southwest Virginia. On Friday (August 4), a group […]

Faster Internet coming soon

A tower being erected next to the old Sandlick Cemetery in West Whitesburg could spell the birth of true broadband Internet service in Letcher County, and the death of wired Internet services, at least in hard-to-serve areas. When complete, the tower will be part of a four-tower network that will provide broadband Internet via LTE technology, the same type of […]


Visitation at school Friday for victim of Ermine wreck; funeral to be held Sunday

Visitation will be held Friday at West Whitesburg Elementary School and funeral services will be held Sunday in Pike County for eightyear old Breanna Khris Hall, who was killed in a three-vehicle crash at Ermine on July 27. Breanna’s 14-year old sister, four-year-old brother and their mother were seriously injured in the collision. The accident occurred about 12:40 p.m. last […]

Quilting to be featured in Back to Roots

Go to our Facebook page for announcements and pictures posted after each event at pages/ Hemphill-Community- Center. We continue with the Back to Our Appalachian Roots Project. The next one is Saturday morning, August 5, from 10 to 12 noon. We are all looking forward to it. Thanks, as always, to the volunteers! Many hands make light work. Hemphill […]

Veterans can shop in military Exchanges

In an article I wrote in The Mountain Eagle a short time ago, I mentioned that our veterans should have privileges to shop in our military Exchanges. Beginning on Nov. 11, a veteran can log onto the Exchange’s website at, and get tax-free shopping. If a veteran’s record has character of service data and that data meets the criteria […]

Frank Boggs succumbs at 81

Frank D. Boggs, 81, of Clinton, Tenn., died May 23. He was a son of the late Harrison and Ora Boggs, formerly of Kingscreek. Mr. Boggs was graduated from Whitesburg High School, and served in the U.S. Navy, where he traveled the world. He was graduated from University of Kentucky with a degree in civil engineering, and started his career […]

Tara Couch dies at 34

Funeral services for Tara Candia Couch, 34, will be held today (August 2) at Cedar Grove Old Regular Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Ray Campbell Cemetery at Hallie. A daughter of Roger Dean and Deana Jean Campbell Couch of Hallie, she died July 30 at her home at Hallie after a long illness. She was a granddaughter of […]

Rites held for Richard Collins

Funeral services for Richard Allen “Hippie” Collins, 55, were held July 27 at Polly & Craft Funeral Home in Jenkins. Burial was in the Holbrook Cemetery at Haymond. A son of Alpha Louise White Mullins and the late Robert Collins, he died July 23 at his home in Jenkins. He was a stepson of the late John A. Mullins, and […]

Cheerleaders to host pageant

The Letcher County Central High School cheerleaders will host the Miss Mountain Heritage Pageant. Sign-up will be held until Sept. 6 by Emily Kincer at 606-821-5802, or emily., and Megan Miller at 859- 749-9313 or mlmi235@g. The pageant will take place Sept. 16 at LCCHS auditorium. Age divisions are Miss Teen Mountain Heritage 13-17 and Miss Mountain Heritage […]

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