County judge-elect says top goal is getting garbage costs in hand


When Terry Adams picks up the gavel as county judge/executive on January 7, he will be the only remaining member of the current fiscal court, and he will be in a new job. But Adams, who has served as District 2 magistrate for 12 of the past 16 years, has some definite ideas about what needs to be done to […]

Sheriff Webb says layoffs had nothing to do with ‘politics’


Budget issues and late tax bills from the state Department of Revenue have created controversy for outgoing Sheriff Danny Webb and incoming Sheriff Mickey Stines, and left the county with no road deputies until sometime after Stines takes over January 7. Webb laid off all of his road deputies on December 13, after the state Revenue Cabinet told him it […]

Swearing-In Ceremony

Letcher Circuit Judge James W. Craft II (left) presided over a swearing-in ceremony for new Letcher Circuit Court Clerk Mike Watts, who took the oath of office while his wife Donna held a Bible. The ceremony was held December 22 in the Letcher Circuit Courtroom.

New clinic is opening Jan. 2 in old motel, hospital says

Pikeville Medical Center’s new “Specialty Clinic at Whitesburg” will open to patients January 2 — a month ahead of schedule. The anticipated opening date was planned for February, but hospital officials said the construction crew was able to finish ahead of schedule. The clinic, which is located in the old Super 8 motel building in West Whitesburg, provides services for […]

No Title


He might have to wait his turn for a chance to play at Kentucky, but perhaps the most under appreciated Kentucky football signee by UK fans was Georgia running back Travis Tisdale. The 5-9, 165-pound Tisdale is a four-star recruit from Lowndes High School in Valdosta, Georgia. ESPN rated him as one of the nation’s top 300 players and had […]

LCC vs. Thomas Nelson featured coaches who played for Yellowjackets

The Letcher County Central High School boys’ basketball team will host Leslie County (Friday) and Knott Central (Saturday) as they resume regular season play after spending a few days at a tournament in Daytona Beach, Florida. The Cougars’ record stood at seven wins and three losses after falling to fellow Kentuckians Breckinridge County, 66 to 45, in the Sunshine Classic […]

Jenkins boys win over Jackson City

Chad Fleming scored 18 points, John Fleming added 17 points, and Jahkaya Templier contributed 16 points to help the Jenkins Cavaliers to a 72 to 69 victory over Jackson City. It was the Cavaliers’ (1-9) first victory of the 2018-19 basketball season. Chad Fleming scored all of his points on nine two-point field goals while John Fleming connected on four […]

Speak Your Piece

E-m@il address In addition to the telephone and the U.S. Mail, The Mountain Eagle accepts comments to Speak Your Piece by electronic mail. Our address is: mtneagle@bellsouth.net To Jim Ward, Bobby Howard and all the other soon-to-be-former members of the Letcher Fiscal County: All of you still live in Letcher County. Why would you vote to leave Terry Adams in […]

Alma Boggs Caudill buried at Pound, Va.

Funeral services for Alma Boggs Caudill, 84, were held December 29 in Pound, Va. Graveside services took place December 30 at the Boggs/Caudill Cemetery in the North Fork section of Pound. A daughter of the late Milton and Fannie Baker Boggs, she was the widow of Coy Caudill. She died December 27 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. She was also […]

Hatton says pension plan ‘lose-lose proposition’



In most years, the latter half of December is when the Capitol is at its quietest. The joint House and Senate meetings are over, and legislators are back home, enjoying the holidays while preparing for the General Assembly’s return in early January. That routine was broken this month, however, when rumors began circulating on Monday that Governor Bevin was planning […]


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