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— Members of the Letcher County Central High School football team were bathed in lights both artificial and natural last Saturday night as they prepared to take on Prestonsburg High School in a scrimmage at Ermine. Letcher County’s high school football season opens Friday. (Photo by Chris Anderson) You are unauthorized to view this page. Username Password Remember Me   […]

F-N city police agree to protect 2 grade schools

Two police officers from Fleming- Neon are serving as resource officers at Martha Jane Potter Elementary School at Kona and Fleming-Neon Elementary School. At this week’s August meeting of the Fleming-Neon City Council, Police Chief Mike Dingus told the council that he and Officer Alan Bourmes now spend several hours each day serving as resource officers at the two schools, […]

Letcher drug suspects now face Ohio charges

A man and woman already facing criminal charges in Letcher County are now scheduled to stand trial in Cincinnati later this month on drugand weapon-related charges filed against them in late July. Eddie Ryan Profitt, 43, and Jessica Cecilia Moberly, 37, were indicted August 3 in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court on a variety of charges, including possession of heroin, […]

Festival lineup set in Jenkins

Community festival season will kick off in Letcher County next week with Jenkins Homecoming Days Festival, followed in subsequent weeks by Isom Days, Neon Days, the Mountain Heritage Festival, and Blackey Days. This year, the Jenkins Homecoming Days Festival Committee is honoring health care provider Alicia Gail Cook as its “Outstanding Friend of Jenkins” for 2018. (See Page 10 for […]


— This Mabey Compact 200 Bridge was being erected this week over Rockhouse Creek at Perkins Branch near Jeremiah. Perkins Branch residents have been depending on a low-water bridge for access to their homes since the old bridge was washed out by flooding last spring. The Letcher Fiscal Court, using a grant from the Kentucky Department of Transportation, voted to […]

Coal tonnage falls, but mining jobs rise to total of 94

Coal production in Letcher County fell 46.1 percent for the three-month period ending June 30, but the number coal mining jobs increased by 16.1 percent during the same period. In its latest “Kentucky Quarterly Coal Report,” the state Energy and Environment Cabinet reports that coal mines in Letcher County produced 94,566 tons of coal during the second quarter of 2018, […]

Attorney says report ‘factually inaccurate’

A Tennessee attorney says an article published in the August 1 edition of The Mountain Eagle concerning the status of a court case involving Whitesburg dentist David A. Narramore was “factually inaccurate.” “Our law firm represents Mr. Narramore in connection with the pending allegations in Kingsport General Sessions Court, Sullivan County, Tennessee,” Kingsport attorney J. Matthew King writes in a […]

15 file for city, school offices

With next Tuesday’s filing deadline growing closer, a total of 15 candidates had filed to run for nonpartisan offices in Letcher County by the close of business on August 7. Just more than half of candidates who have filed so far are seeking seats on the Whitesburg City Council. Those who had filed by 4 p.m. Tuesday were Earlene Williams […]

Deputies recover $27,000 in fake cash at Millstone

Letcher County Sheriff ’s deputies confiscated about $27,000 in counterfeit money from a Millstone home Tuesday afternoon, but are cautioning merchants that at least $19,000 in fake $20, $50 and $100 bills remain unaccounted for. “Citizens need to be vigilant and pay close attention” when accepting or exchanging any type of cash, Chief Deputy Sheriff Barry Engle said late Tuesday […]

Jail too full, say jurors

In its report to Letcher Circuit Judge James W. Craft II, the Letcher County Grand Jury criticized the condition of the county jail, noting that it appeared to be “extremely overcrowded” to the point “there appeared to be mattresses in one of the hallways that inmates were sleeping on.” The grand jury also noted it was unable to view the […]

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