Project is going well 10 years later



Kylie Schmidt, reforestation coordinator for Green Forests Work, stands in a new forest at Jent Mountain near Carcassonne. When volunteers arrived at the old strip mine site to plant trees in 2009 they were greeted by mostly barren land, growing only some lespedeza grasses and scrub brush. Today the site is covered with trees, many of which are 15-20 feet […]

Coal firms are county’s worst tax deadbeats



Letcher County’s local government and two school systems lost huge chunks of their budget last year after the state of Kentucky cut the assessment of unmined minerals, and now they’re losing hundreds of thousands more as coal companies haven’t paid their remaining property taxes. At least one owes more than $300,000, and others have unpaid tax bills in the tens […]

Bevin’s cuts to Medicaid services affect at least 3,500 people here



A move by Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin to cut the number of Medicaid recipients who can receive dental and vision services will affect thousands in southeastern Kentucky alone. “About 3,500 of our patients will be directly in the crosshairs of this,” said Mike Caudill, CEO of Whitesburg based Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation. MCHC is one of the largest rural community […]

Democrats will discuss options in Mullins case



The Letcher County Democratic Party will meet Thursday night to discuss what, if anything, it can do about the District 3, Letcher County Magistrate’s race. Candidate Emory “Fudge” Mullins is still in jail since June 18 on child sex abuse, child pornography charges. He is also charged with retaliating against a witness. Mullins has been indicted, but has not been […]

UK lineman expects breakout season

Vaught’s Views

He played in all 13 games last year and made six starts at left tackle. Yet junior Landon Young says he only had a “decent season last year” and is hoping to be a much better player for Kentucky this season. “The offseason was a lot of fun for me. I lifted a lot. That’s one thing I had to […]

Struttin’ Time:

He is one happy hunter this week!

I am so happy and thankful to be doing this edition of Struttin’ Time. I just endured my second major surgery in eight months. The miles, and years seem to be catching up with me FAST. I am also excited to find out that what is printed on the sports page of The Mountain Eagle doesn’t stay on the sports […]

Mothballs save garden tomatoes



Of all the things the Letcher County Senior Citizens have been involved in since I became a member in March of 2017, the prom that took place June 20 at the Letcher County Extension Center was by far the most talked about and bragged about. I wish I had been able to go but Mom wasn’t up to it. Roger […]

The Country Troubadours will perform Friday night



Go to our Facebook page for announcements and pictures posted after each event, www.facebook.com/ pages/Hemphill-Community Center. Greetings all!!! We need to announce that we will NOT be shutting down during the month of September as has been our custom in recent years. We will be having business as usual in that month as we are having to work hard to […]

Cemetery preservation project



Information on how to start a cemetery preservation project will be offered on the Internet from 1 to 2 p.m., Thursday, July 26, by Andy Harpole and Savannah Darr, members of the Friends of Eastern Cemetery in Jefferson County. Discussion will focus on current issues in cemetery preservation such as recording and documenting cemeteries and graveyards, undertaking preservation efforts, step-by-step […]

Health, resource fair planned



From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 31, the Letcher County Interagency Council will hold the Letcher County Health & Resource Fair. The fair will be held at Letcher County Central High School and will pro- vide information about available programs and resources. The event will include door prizes, face painting, free food, free health screenings, and free t-shirts […]


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