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School, fire departments team for deliveries

Volunteer firefighters gathered outside Cowan Elementary School to pickup meals for delivery to students’ homes while classrooms are closed. The school is partnering with Gordon, Kingscreek and Sandlick volunteer fire departments to deliver food after the school district stopped using buses to deliver the meals. The schools have continued to provide lunches for students after the COVID-19 pandemic forced schools […]

Patients face new regulations as they return for doctor visits

There won’t be any stale, waiting-room magazines or sitting next to someone who coughs constantly when patients return to doctors’ offices this week. In fact, there won’t be waiting rooms at some facilities. Letcher Countians began seeing their doctors face-to-face this week for the first time in more than a month after Gov. Andy Beshear signed an order releasing some […]

Circuit and district courts will not open before end of May

Letcher courts still on hold

Criminal and civil courts in Letcher County and the rest of Kentucky will remained closed for all but emergency cases until at least the end of May. A new order issued last week by the Kentucky Supreme Court continued a previous order requiring many hearings to be held by telephone or video conference, excusing jurors who are ill and extending […]

Drive-through test ID’s 2nd COVID-19 patient

2nd virus victim doing ‘very well’

A free drive-through testing event in Pike County uncovered a second positive test of COVID-19 in Letcher County. The 57-year-old man is self-isolating at home, according to the Kentucky River District Health Department. The new case was announced Sunday. District Health Director Scott Lockard said the epidemiologist who interviewed the man said he is doing “very well” at home, and […]

Need $$ help?

Many banks, credit card issuers and other lenders have promised to help those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. They’re offering to defer or reduce payments and waive interest charges and rebate fees for those who have lost jobs, had their hours reduced or otherwise lost income to the COVID-19 crisis. The help usually isn’t automatic, however. You have to ask […]


— Richard Bolling of Mayking protected his head from flames as he used a leaf blower to encourage wet pine brush and logs to burn. Bolling and his brother-in-law, Gary Fields, were on Thornton Saturday evening cleaning up a mess left behind when four huge pine trees fell when straightline winds of up to 80 miles per hour struck southeastern […]

Wife says barber didn’t cut hair

The co-owner of a barber and beauty shop in Whitesburg says her husband is not still cutting hair in defiance of state closure orders, even though she urged him to. A story in last week’s Mountain Eagle said residents had complained that a barbershop was still taking customers, but that police had not found it open. The shop was not […]

County officials revisit jail meals in on-line session

Bid package for jail food will be rewritten and advertised

In its first ever on-line meeting, the Letcher County Fiscal Court voted unanimously to rescind the winning bid to provide meals to inmates in the Letcher County Jail that was placed by CANE Kitchen of Whitesburg at last month’s meeting. Letcher County Jailer Bert Slone told the court that CANE Kitchen would not be able to meet the nutritional requirements […]

Students won’t see classrooms this spring

School officials still must still make decisions about summer

Students in Letcher County will continue learning from home for the remainder of the school year, using non-traditional instruction days to take off the slack from days missed because of COVID-19. Gov. Andy Beshear made the announcement on Monday after a 2 p.m. conference call with superintendents across the state. Letcher County School Superintendent Denise Yonts said earlier that day […]


– Josh Wood, son of Patty Wood, of Mayking, is ready for a bear hunt, but not the dangerous kind. Businesses and homeowners across the country have been placing stuffed bears in their windows as a kind of scavenger hunt for kids stuck inside during the coronavirus pandemic. Parents can drive the kids around their home areas and spot the […]

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