HAVING FUN IN JENKINS —

Elliana Tucker searched for her lucky number in the fish tank during the Jenkins Homecoming Days Festival held in Jenkins over the weekend. The festival is always the first of five fall festivals that take place in communities across Letcher County. (Photo by Chris Anderson)

Supt. Sergent says he’s retiring Oct. 1; board starts search for his replacement

The Letcher County Board of Education voted this week to hire the Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA) to help in the search for a new school superintendent. The board took the action after current Supt. Tony Sergent announced he would retire at the end of September. Board Chairman William Smith said that while the search for a new superintendent will […]

Guilty plea in pharmacy pill theft

A 31-year-old Letcher County woman has pleaded guilty to stealing prescription drugs from the pharmacy where she once worked and then selling the drugs for profit. Lori K. Swindall, of 39 No. 1 Bottom, Jenkins, accepted the plea agreement offered to her by Letcher Commonwealth’s Attorney Edison G. Banks II and is scheduled to be formally sentenced by Letcher Circuit […]

Services are scheduled for victim in bike crash

Funeral services for Emmitt W. “Jake” McElroy, 65, of Jenkins, will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow (Thursday) in Whitesburg. A son of the late Charles Wood McElroy and Grace Webb McElroy, he died August 27 from injuries received in a motorcycle accident at Blackey. He was riding his Harley- Davidson bike on Highway 7 South at Frog Pond when […]

Reduce stress through mindfulness





Fingers holding cell phones; constant updates via social media; 24/7 news alerts; and demands from work and home help create a world that is full of noise, chaos and all kinds of stressors that bombard us each day. Sometimes, we can get caught up in these stressors or events and allow them to take control over our lives and reduce […]

Reunions

To list reunions in The Mountain Eagle’s weekly reunion column, send information in writing to Reunions, The Mountain Eagle, P.O. Box 808, Whitesburg, KY 41858. Information must be received by Friday to be included in the following week’s issue. ROARK — The annual Roark family reunion will be held Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Kingscreek Fire Department from 1 to […]

Boat ramp temporarily closing

A boat ramp at Carr Creek Lake in Knott County will temporarily close Sept. 4 to 7 while the facilities are being used as a staging area for a major fish habitat improvement project. The ramp is located in the upper reaches of the lake, at the White Pine Shelter of the Littcarr Recreation Area. Anglers may still launch their […]

Community calendar

September 2 — The American Legion Post 152 will host a benefit ride for Thanksgiving Outreach starting at 12 p.m. at the American Legion on Pine Mountain. Cost is $15 a couple, $10 a person. A free dinner will be held after the ride. For more information, call (606) 633-2834 or (606) 634-0693. September 29 — The Letcher County Picnic […]

Rites held for Edna Combs

Edna Bates Combs, 77, of Thornton, died August 20 at Bluegrass Navigators in Hazard. A daughter of the late Henry and Sarah Sexton, she was the widow of Alex Combs. Surviving are three sons, Elmer Bates Jr. and Shannon Ray Combs, both of Neon, and Gilbert Alan Bates of Thornton; two daughters, Frances Cook of Mayking and Jenny Bates of […]

Trivia test


1. ANATOMY: What is the normal human body temperature in Celsius? 2. LITERATURE: The monster Grendel appears in what literary work? 3. MATH: What is the least common multiple of 3 and 7? 4. TELEVISION: Who was the first guest of the television news show “Face the Nation” when it debuted in 1954? 5. FOOD & DRINK: What is “tafelwein” […]


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