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— 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 […]


— Jenkins High School’s Serenitee Doderer went to the floor to bump the volleyball back into play during the Lady Cavaliers’ 3 sets to 0 win over the Piarist School earlier this week. The regular volleyball season ends on October 3. The Lady Cavs compete in the 15th Region. (Photo by Chris Anderson)

County officials fear the spread of hepatitis A

Members of the Letcher County Fiscal Court voiced concerns this week about the possible spread of hepatitis A and received information about efforts that are currently underway to combat the spread of the disease. At the court’s September meeting Monday night, Letcher County Health Department Coordinator Katrina Jones said that while there are 17 reported cases of hepatitis A in […]

Family seeks answers two years after murder

Nearly two years after Michael Lowe was found brutally murdered in the Burdine community of Jenkins, family members continue to hope the case will be solved sometime soon. Lowe, who had just recently turned 50, was stabbed to death inside his apartment in the Mountain Breeze complex, apparently on the morning of October 4, 2016. Officials said at the time […]

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