Meet UK’s Tyler Herro and other new Wildcats

Pictured above is the University of Kentucky’s sharpshooting freshman guard Tyler Herro, who averaged scoring 32.9 points per game last year at his high school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In association with the publication Kentucky Today, preview stories about Herro and other members of the 2018-19 basketball Wildcats will appear in the next two issues of The Mountain Eagle. (UK Athletics […]

Neon is seeking input on taxes


Property tax rates in the City of Fleming-Neon will not be raised this year. The Fleming-Neon City Council this week said that at the time a special meeting was held on September 24, the council did not feel it had time to conduct the required public hearing to raise the tax rate past the compensating rate or to conduct the […]

Jobless rate is down even though county has far fewer jobs

Letcher County’s unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest mark in several years even though nearly 500 fewer people have jobs now when compared to only two years ago. According to state and federal statistics, Letcher County’s jobless rate for August 2018 — the most current date available — stood at 6.5 percent with 5,687 county residents holding down jobs. […]

Grand jury indicts woman in manslaughter charge in connection with May wreck

The Letcher Grand Jury has indicted a Pike County woman on manslaughter and other charges in connection with a fatal accident at Payne Gap in May. The grand jury charges Shelly I. Damron, 37, of 8563 Elkhorn Creek, Ashcamp, with second-degree manslaughter, second-degree assault, first-degree criminal mischief, speeding 15 miles per hour or greater, reckless driving, and operating a vehicle […]

Volleyball team (26-3) to play for tourney title

The Letcher County Central High School girls’ volleyball team will play for the championship of the 53rd District Volleyball Tournament in Hindman Thursday night at Knott County Central High School. The top-seeded Lady Cougars will meet the winner between Knott County Central and June Buchanan. The title contest will start at 6 p.m. The Lady Cougars finished the regular season […]

Girls’ soccer team moves to final game; boys lose

Letcher County Central’s girls’ soccer team advanced to the final game of the 53rd District Soccer Tournament Monday after defeating tourney host Hazard, 4-0. The LCC girls will return to Hazard tonight (Wednesday) to take on Perry County Central for the district championship. After starting the season with a record of 1-4-1, the Lady Cougars have rebounded to win six […]

Struttin’ Time:

Carolina trip stirs up memories

As we pack for our final trip of the year, black bear hunting in North Carolina, my mind goes back to the years when Earl Bumgarner, a dear friend of mine, would be waiting at the trappers’ cabin for me. Earl was one of those people you love to meet — a young man who grew up rough (one of […]

High school star delays college pick

Vaught’s Views

Western Hills standout Wandale Robinson will now make his college choice Nov. 1. He originally planned to make it earlier — maybe even this week after last weekend’s visit to Ohio State — but he changed it after the death of his cousin, Shannon Davis, last week. “That is her birthday and that is when I will make my decision,” […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

An exciting time to be on the water

It is the fall season and bass are chasing shad on the surface. This is a very exciting time to be on the water. Minnows are jumping out of the water and big bass are breaking the surface after them, throwing water everywhere and making loud splashing sounds. If that does not get a fisherman excited he or she needs […]

Young Lady Cavs defeated

The Jenkins Lady Cavaliers lost to Pikeville, 3 to 0, in the opening round of the 59th District Volleyball Tournament at East Ridge High School Monday. The Lady Cavs end their season with a record of six wins and 14 losses, with records of 1-8 in 15th Region play and 0-8 in district play. Jenkins fielded an extremely young team […]


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