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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 […]

Museum to celebrate 20th birthday

The David A. Zegeer Coal-Railroad Museum in Jenkins will celebrate its 20th anniversary with an open house this Saturday (October 6) between 2 and 6 p.m. City Attorney Randall Tackett, who is on the museum board of directors, said that since its opening the museum has outgrown its space with new collections coming in regularly. The public is invited to […]

County audit finds no major problem, court members told

The Letcher County Fiscal Court met in special session Tuesday to received the results of the county government’s audit for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017. They also met privately to discuss a personnel issue. The session lasted for almost 30 minutes before court members emerged and announced that no action had been taken. Judge/Executive Jim Ward told the […]

Stolen signs recovered

A Letcher County deputy sheriff serving an arrest warrant at Haymond said she opened the trunk of a car at the scene and found a stack of campaign signs stolen from sheriff candidate Barry Engle. Engle, a retired state trooper, is chief deputy. Sgt. Alisha Congleton said she was serving a Letcher County warrant for flagrant nonsupport on Samuel Eugene […]


— 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 […]

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