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Sentencing is set in 2018 meth case

A man arrested nearly two years on methamphetamine charges has been removed from the Letcher County Drug Court program and returned to jail. Brian Paul Broome, 41, of Jenkins, was among four people arrested on methamphetamine charges on March 1, 2018, in Jenkins during a traffic stop. The four were believed to be connected with a large methamphetamine bust at […]

Eagle subscriber’s donation pleases Letcher Fire & Rescue


The financially strapped Letcher Volunteer Fire and Rescue got a small, but morale-boosting surprise last week in the form of an unsolicited $40 donation. While $40 might not seem like that much, it came from outside the state and meant the world to the ambulance service personnel and firefighters. “That gives us the feeling that the community is still behind […]

Info little in shooting, wreck

Police are still trying to determine what happened leading up to a fatal police-involved shooting that occurred this morning near or at the scene of an earlier fatal car crash. Kentucky State Police in Pikeville said a two-vehicle collision occurred about 4 a.m. on KY 805 in Pike County, just across the county line from Letcher County. While that accident […]

Beshear seeks spending for education, health

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Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear proposed spending increases for public education from kindergarten through college and for health care in a state budget plan that avoids cuts and counts on limited new revenues from taxes on cigarettes and sports betting. In a speech Tuesday evening before the Republican-led legislature, the Democratic governor proposed a $2,000 pay raise for every public school […]

Red Cross, Kentucky Power, team with Letcher, Mayking, Sandlick fire depts. to install smoke alarms

Kentucky Power joined the American Red Cross Eastern Kentucky Chapter and three volunteer fire departments — Letcher, Mayking, and Sandlick — on Martin Luther King Day of Service to provide free smoke detectors to families who need them in Letcher County. The smoke alarm install is the second to be funded by a $40,000 grant from the American Electric Power […]

Beth Wright is new sales chief at WXKQ/WTCW

Forcht Broadcasting Whitesburg has named account executive Beth Wright as the new general sales manager for the radio market. Beth will lead the sales and marketing efforts for WXKQ 103.9 FM The Bulldog and WTCW 920 AM and 95.1 FM Real Country in Whitesburg. Beth served as the account executive for the stations for more than eight years. In 2017, […]

Mike Wright wins award for health insurance work

Thomas Michael “ Mike” Wright has again been named to the “Marketplace Circle of Champions” in recognition for his work and expertise in helping consumers enroll in and manage qualified health coverage throughout the Health Insurance Marketplace. The achievement from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) highlights Wright’s success in actively enrolling 20 or more consumers during the […]

City looks toward Phase II of hotel project


The Whitesburg City Council has chosen Codell Construction of Winchester as construction manager for the Daniel Boone Hotel renovation, and hired an architect from Mt. Sterling, replacing Whitesburg Architect Bill Richardson. Mayor James Wiley Craft said Codell was chosen through a competitive process and asked the council to authorize creation of a contract. Codell was also the construction manager for […]

Neon bridge work to begin in spring

In an update on planned work on the Highway 805 Bridge at Neon Junction, Sara George, Information Officer for District 12 of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, told The Mountain Eagle that the bridge will not be widened. Instead, the bridge is scheduled for a comprehensive rehabilitation with all the superstructure and all beams being replaced at a cost of $600,000. […]

Cache of money and guns found

The Letcher County Sheriff ’s Office found collector coins, jewelry and two AR-15 style rifles when officers served search warrants on two storage buildings last week. Sheriff Mickey Stines said the items are believed to be the proceeds from drug trafficking.the left side was not sold. Workers began tearing out the interior of the building on Friday in preparation for […]


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