Accused killer tells his story to judge, jury



One of two men accused in the New Year’s 2014 stabbing death of Michael Hogg in a parking lot in Whitesburg took the witness stand in his own defense Tuesday, testifying that he was “scared to death,” and “running for my life” before the altercation. But the testimony of James R. Huffman IV was cut short during cross-examination after he […]

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Courthouse to close Dec. 25-26

County loses its bid for money to get fast Internet to Linefork

Letcher County Judge/Executive Jim Ward announced this week that Letcher County government offices and the county courthouse will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, December 25 and 26, to celebrate Christmas. Garbage pick-up for those days will be suspended until the next week. Sanitation customers who regularly have their trash picked up on Monday will have a pick-up on Saturday, […]

Trial may not end before the weekend



The trial of a Pike County man accused in the New Year’s 2014 stabbing death of Michael Hogg in downtown Whitesburg will likely last until at least Christmas weekend. Today, Wednesday, is the 13th day of the trial, and the 10th day of testimony. It was expected to be the final day of testimony before closing statements. The biggest surprise […]

Herb Caudill dies here at 88



Funeral services for Herbert Clay Caudill, 88, of Whitesburg, were scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Whitesburg. Caudill was known to many Letcher County residents for his many years of operating Caudill Lumber Company at Ermine, a business his father started. He died December 17 at the Letcher Rehab Center after a short illness. A […]

Some in GOP explore restoring Hoover as Ky. House speaker




LEXINGTON The former Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives who resigned last month after acknowledging he secretly settled a sexual harassment claim could get his job back under a plan crafted by some allies in the state legislature. Jeff Hoover denied sexual harassment, but said he did send consensual but inappropriate text messages to a woman who worked for […]

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Is help coming to schools here and elsewhere in mountains?




In August, Knott County Schools Superintendent Kim King said there was “no fixing” her district’s dire financial situation after taking hits of $1 million or more from a combination of economic and demographic factors. The Kentucky Board of Education wants to try to help Knott, Leslie, Pike and other districts facing serious financial cuts. The state board is asking the […]

Panel takes early step to fix Kentucky’s adoption system




FRANKFORT A panel of state representatives took an early step forward this week in efforts to improve Kentucky’s struggling adoption and foster care system, but a key lawmaker acknowledged that the state’s bleak budget outlook will overshadow any proposed overhaul next year. The bipartisan panel adopted a series of recommendations as lawmakers look to introduce legislation to help improve and […]

The Way We Were



Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1907 Thursday, December 22, 1927 More than 20 businesses and dwellings were destroyed after fire swept through Blackey early Monday morning between the new brick bank building and H.C. Dixon’s house on the newly paved Main Street. “This is said to be the biggest fire that ever visited Letcher County,” […]


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