PREPPING OLD HOTEL

— Lanny Day (on ground) and Chris Caudill (on balcony) worked to make the front of the Daniel Boone Hotel building safe before the Mountain Heritage Festival. Bids for seismic drilling arrived with architect Bill Richardson on Tuesday, and work is expected to begin soon to stabilize the 98-year-old building and prepare it for renovation. (Eagle photo)

Sturgill is hired to head county schools for now

A former high school principal, school board member and central office administrator will serve as the interim superintendent of Letcher County Schools until a permanent superintendent can be hired in mid- November. The Letcher County Board of Education on Monday night hired Terry Sturgill to serve as the interim superintendent beginning October 1. Tony Sergent is retiring. Friday will be […]

Indictments name defendants accused in separate sex crimes

The Letcher Grand Jury has named a Whitesburg man in six indictments charging him with firstdegree sodomy of a 14-year-old boy. Gregory Wayne Gibson, 47, also known as Greg Gibson, of 31103 Hwy. 7 North, is accused of having deviate sexual intercourse with the boy by using forcible compulsion. In a seventh indictment, Gibson is charged with tampering with physical […]

Former ‘American Idol’ star to headline Heritage Festival

Texas native Casey James, a singer and guitarist who has found success after finishing in third place in the ninth season of American Idol eight years ago, is the headline performer at this week’s Mountain Heritage Festival in Whitesburg. James, 36, will take the stage at Mountain Heritage Village around 9 p.m. Saturday following a performance by Letcher County’s own […]

Stoops has brought UK a long way

Vaught’s Views

Seeing Kentucky back in the Associated Press top 25 for the first time in 11 years after its win over Mississippi State shows just how far Coach Mark Stoops has come with his rebuilding program. But something Stoops said after the Mississippi State win just jumped out at me. “We wanted to make sure we were not overly complex (on […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Fish becoming more aggressive now

As bad as we hate to admit it, summer has officially come to an end and cooler weather is coming. But it is not all bad because the fishing just gets better as it cools down, all the way into early winter. There is a lot of good fishing during the summer months and a lot of good action, but […]

Letcher Central scores big comeback win over Perry

Keep working hard and good things will start to happen. That’s the message being received by the Letcher Central Cougars after their second straight convincing victory — this one a 49 to 35 come-from-behind win over district rival Perry County Central on the road last Friday night — in their bid to end the 2018 football season with a winning […]

Make it Mediterranean: 3 Dishes to highlight the next trend in internationally themed cuisine


Recipe courtesy of Beth Vlasich Pav of Cooking by Design, LLC, on behalf of Les Dames d’Escoffier International Servings: 15-20 8 medium size tomatoes, sliced into 1/8-inch slices 1 block (8 ounces) feta cheese, sliced into 1/8-inch pieces 2 small packages fresh basil, leaves picked off stems 3 teaspoons sea salt 2 teaspoons fresh ground pepper 1/4 cup olive oil […]

It’s persimmon season!


Fall provides a bounty of beautiful fruits and vegetables, including orange-red persimmons. Persimmons begin appearing in markets in late September and are available through December. If you’ve never had a persimmon, now is the time to try it as a snack, side dish or flavorful dessert. Ripe persimmons are a small, smoothskinned fruit measuring from 1 to 3 inches. Two […]

Prayers are sought for patients


Well, we thought Mom would be home by this time, but there have a few minor complications. We knew she would have problems with her bowels after all the pain medication, so we kind of expected all this. They did a CT scan Sunday and found no obstructions. They also placed an NG tube in her nose to relieve all […]


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