New liquor rules open up licenses in Jenkins, W’burg



Changes in state liquor laws passed by the Kentucky General Assembly last year have opened up two licenses for bars in Whitesburg, and two licenses for bars in Jenkins for the first time since the cities voted wet. The changes in state laws did away with most differences in Alcoholic Beverage Control laws that were based on population. Neither Whitesburg […]

Who’s running for county judge?



Come May, Letcher County voters will start the quadrennial process of electing county officers. And at the top of the list among county officials is the county judge/ executive. Two of the three candidates run- Editor’s note: Between now and the May primary election, The Mountain Eagle will take a closer look at the candidates running for county offices that […]

Wait for grocery store nearly over in Jenkins



Valentines Day will be extra special for residents of Jenkins this year, with the grand opening of the new Save-A-Lot Grocery Store. Sharon Dotson, senior operations manager for the Mountain Division of Saver Group, which owns Savea Lot, visited the February meeting of the Jenkins City Council and announced the opening. Dotson said that the first load of groceries has […]

LCC boys to host tourney



The Letcher Central Cougars’ recent schedule has been greatly affected by the weather. The Cougars’ game at Harlan on Jan. 30 was cancelled, Perry County Central’s scheduled visit to LCCHS on Feb. 3 was rescheduled for Feb. 15, and Shelby Valley’s scheduled visit to LCCHS on Feb. 8 has been cancelled. Letcher Central will visit 16-5 South Laurel on Saturday, […]

Struttin’ Time:

Get ready now for opening day

With the snow flying and the cold wind blowing it is hard to think of turkey hunting, that is unless you are a Struttin’ Time reader. Early February has given us the type of days that make us sure we are ready for the big day, April 14. That is the day you can first challenge the long beard. It […]

Lady Cougars fall to 11-12



(Game statistics for the Letcher County Central Lady Cougars were not available to The Mountain Eagle before this week’s press deadline, nor were they made available to the Kentucky High School Athletics Association.) The Letcher Central Lady Cougars began last week’s action with a 70-20 victory at Cordia on Jan. 30, before dropping a pair of games on the road […]

Gabby’s Fishing Fever

When small baits catch big fish

Many baits will catch many different fish and these baits come in a lot of sizes — from large baits for musky and stripers to small baits for crappie and bluegill. During this time of year the smaller baits seem to work well for most all types of fish. Smallsize baits are made now for most fish that are productive. […]

From dope to HOPE



Editor’s note: This interview with Matt Brown, a recovering drug addict, is the first in a series of interviews conducted by Addiction Recovery Care for its FACES OF HOPE: WE DO RECOVER series. An interview with Matt Brown: My drug use began at the age of 17. I began to smoke marijuana in high school and the mental obsession began […]

What’s inside your medicine cabinet?



According to the state Office of Drug Control, 1,404 Kentuckians died in 2016 from a drug-related overdose. That number continues to steadily rise each year. With numbers increasing, what can we do to prevent our family, friends, children, grandchildren, etc., from becoming part of that statistic? We must be aware, proactive, and inhibit those around us from having access to […]

Hundreds visited Capitol to support money for schools, health and services




If legislators ever needed a reminder of just how important it is to fund public education and health and human services, we got it last week when hundreds of Kentuckians visited the Capitol. They came for a series of rallies and to discuss matters now before the General Assembly. I was proud to speak with many and to hear their […]


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