Rogers says plan for federal prison still on track here

The 2018 Consolidated Appropriations Act approved by Congress last week includes an additional $50 million to construct a new federal prison at Roxana. The Trump administration had signaled plans to cut the $444 million already approved for construction of the maximum security prison, but the bill approved last week by Congress keeps that money and adds to it. President Trump […]

Residents were without a bridge — again

‘Clell’ Adams was both lawman and killer; will grave be saved?

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, the head of Elkhorn Creek was awash with blood. There were so many killings in the area where Jenkins now stands that the Potter Cemetery near Camden became known as “Murdered Man Cemetery.” An estimated 25 murder victims are interred there. Tempers were running so high that Henry Clay Adams stuck dynamite into […]

Candidates respond to questions on survey

Half of candidates for magistrate and judge/executive who responded to a survey by The Mountain Eagle say the fiscal court should not hire an economic development director for Letcher County. Most who said “no” cited money as the reason, and of those who said it should hire a director, a third qualified their opinion by saying it shouldn’t be done […]

Justin Lewis happy to play baseball

Vaught’s Views

His season has not gone exactly the way he hoped so far, but junior pitcher Justin Lewis does like the way one thing is going — the perception of Kentucky baseball. “I can tell a big difference. It used to be if somebody asked me I played ball at UK, I knew they meant basketball,” said Lewis, a Georgia native. […]

Struttin’ Time:

The cost of hunting gets higher

Never have I seen such an onslaught on people in general, but sportsmen in particular. As you already know, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife raised our cost to hunt and fish by raising the price on our license. I received notice of my boat registration renewal in the mail yesterday, which is going up $20. Let me now […]

Gabby’s Fishing Fever

Campers boast improved flooring

I just came back from the 2018 East Kentucky Sport, Boat and RV Show in Pikeville. I look forward to going every year, as there is always something new and different. For the last few years, the biggest thing on the pontoon boats and campers has been the use of LED lighting. On the nicer pontoon boats, the LED lights […]

Letcher joins with Benham, Lynch for water

In the next step toward obtaining a permanent water supply for Cumberland River residents in Letcher County, and for citizens of Benham and Lynch in Harlan County, Mark Lewis, Operations Manager for the Letcher County Water and Sewer District, has been named to the Regional Water Commission. The commission will oversee an inter-county water plant to provide treated water to […]

Master of chicken and dumplings!

I have loved chicken and dumplings for as long as I can remember. My mom and over half a dozen of my aunts each had what I would call “signature” chicken and dumplings recipes, meaning no two tasted exactly alike. Points East If I went to a family gathering on Blair Branch and they had “dinner on the ground” and […]

State lawmakers pass bill to ban abortion method

FRANKFORT For the second straight year, Kentucky’s Republican led legislature passed a measure to impose abortion restrictions despite threats that the action will spark a court challenge. The House finished work Tuesday on the bill to ban a common abortion procedure when women are at least 11 weeks into their pregnancies. The chamber voted 75-13 to send the measure to […]

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