Millstone man faces gun, explosives charges

A Millstone man arrested Saturday for allegedly pointing a semi-automatic rifle at people from the window of his vehicle had what police say were explosives and possible bomb-making materials in the bed of his pickup truck. Letcher County Sheriff Mickey Stines said Jeffrey Heath Hampton, 41, was found in possession of Tannerite and materials that could be used to make […]

Man jailed twice on same day

A McRoberts man was arrested and jailed twice in one day after he was released the first time under a Supreme Court order allowing “administrative release” for nonviolent crimes during the COVID 19 pandemic. Emory Mitchell Mullins, 46, of 40 Lonesome Dove Dr., was arrested the first time for public intoxication, but was released from jail the same day, Letcher […]

Neon man held in meth case

The Letcher County Sheriff ’s Office says it confiscated at least eight grams of methamphetamine from a Neon man after a resident reported a suspicious person at McRoberts. According to the citation, a resident reported a man was stealing things at Tom Biggs Hollow shortly before midnight on Thursday. When Deputy Seth Whitaker arrived, he stopped Jake Tyler Smith, 24, […]

COVID-19 still on rise

The number of COVID-19 cases continued to rise this week, with the Kentucky River District Health Department reporting the total number of cases in Letcher County at 14, up from 12. It was not clear where the additional two cases are, or who is infected. Other figures listed by the department add up to 12 cases, and state figures show […]

State agency agrees to pay $2 million on water project

Cumberland’s water lines will connect with Partridge, Eolia

Good news for residents of the Cumberland River area comes in the form of a letter from the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority to the Letcher County Water and Sewer District, extending an invitation to fund the Cumberland River Water Project. The district and Bell Engineering received a copy of the letter last week. At the district’s first live in-person meeting since […]

Council holds session

At a special meeting held on Monday afternoon, the Whitesburg City Council voted unanimously to approve the second reading of the city’s budget for Fiscal Year 2020-2021. The budget, which separates city operating funds from the water and sewer fund, calls for $1,661,542 in total expenditures against $1,662,160 in total revenue for city operational funds, leaving a surplus of $618. […]

Ky. Power seeks large rate hike

Kentucky Power Company is again asking the state Public Service Commission to approve a large rate increase for customers across eastern Kentucky A public notice the company placed in The Mountain Eagle this week outlines proposed increases of 16 percent for residential service, 17.1 percent for residential load, and 20.5 for residential time-of-day billing. The largest increase would be in […]

Rondall Baker hired to run JHS

Letcher County resident Rondall Baker has been chosen to fill the vacant position of principal at Jenkins Middle/High School. The announcement came at the June meeting of the Jenkins Independent Schools Board of Education. Baker came to Jenkins Schools from the Letcher County School System through Martha Jane Potter Elementary, where he served as an elementary schoolteacher. He held the […]

Zoom is a way to provide training

The Center for Rural Development is taking technology to the next level by using Zoom, a cloud-based video communications app, to provide no-cost essential workforce skills training for unemployed and underemployed individuals in 14 Kentucky coal-impacted areas. The online training workshops, part of the “Becoming Your Best in the Workplace” training series, will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 […]

Teacher held in child-sex case wants out of jail

A former teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old student is seeking to be released from jail because of COVID-19. Charles Evans Hall, 47, of Jackhorn, was arrested on November 30, 2018, and then indicted the following January on charges of unlawful use of an electronic device to engage in sexual or prohibited activities, tampering with a […]

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