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Hotel work to begin

Construction and demolition equipment should begin showing up next week at the century-old Daniel Boone Hotel in Whitesburg. Structural Systems Repair Group of Cincinnati was the successful bidder last month, and had until August 1 to begin mobilizing to work on the building, the roof of which collapsed last year. Pavement markings outlining the area within which the work will […]

Legislature OK’s a misguided bill



For more than a dozen years now, the General Assembly has approved several far-reaching reforms of the state’s public retirement systems. The most successful of those followed a simple formula: They were bipartisan, and they reflected the input and support of those directly affected. In recent years, however, that approach has been abandoned, and the result has led to numerous […]

Three to receive award named in honor of Gishes

Three reporters whose outstanding careers have revealed much about the coal industry in Central Appalachia are the winners of the 2019 Tom and Pat Gish Award for courage, tenacity and integrity in rural journalism, presented by the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues. They are Ken Ward Jr. of the Charleston Gazette-Mail; his mentor, the late Paul J. Nyden […]

Former Mountain Eagle writers help erase $10 million in medical debts

A nonprofit organization called RIP Medical Debt has paid off $10 million in medical debt for more than 10,000 people in mainly rural Appalachian counties of Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia. The donations will wipe out most of the currently reported medical debt in the region. “The donations total $100,000, but paid off much more debt because the organization purchased […]

Students should check their KEES accounts for accuracy

Kentucky high school students and 2019 graduates should check their Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) accounts for accuracy. KEES allows students to earn money for college for good grades in high school and for qualifying scores on the ACT or SAT. KEES is administered by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). To check their awards, students need to sign […]

2019 -2020 Letcher County Public Schools Bus Routes and Boundaries

FLEMING-NEON ELEMENTARY (6-8) MARTHA JANE POTTER (K-5) … Beginning at the Knott Co. line at Shelby Fork, along Rt 7, pickups back to Jct. of Hwy 317 at Deane – [mouth of] Dicks Br., Appletree Br., Coon Hollow, – and across Rockhouse Mtn., continue on Hwy 317S, Quillen Fork, Hemphill to FNE and MJP {Bus #3704, Austin Johnson} … Pottertown, […]

GOP senator denounces Bevin




Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andy Beshear won an endorsement this week from a longtime Republican state lawmaker who criticized GOP Gov. Matt Bevin for “running around the state insulting” people — including teachers in his own family. Sen. Dan Seum, a former member of the Senate GOP leadership team, announced his support for Beshear at the start of a crucial week […]

Trump endorses in Attorney General race



President Donald Trump has inserted himself into Kentucky’s hardfought campaign for attorney general to endorse the Republican nominee, Daniel Cameron. The Republican president tweeted earlier this week that Cameron is a “new star” in the GOP. Trump says Cameron is “tough on crime, strong on borders” and a defender of gun rights. Cameron is running against Democrat Greg Stumbo, a […]

Beshear wants term limits, lobbying ban for state lawmakers




Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andy Beshear endorsed term limits and a lifetime lobbying ban for Kentucky lawmakers in releasing an ethics plan for state government Tuesday. Beshear’s proposal includes financial disclosure provisions and pay restrictions that take a dig at incumbent Republican Gov. Matt Bevin. Beshear’s term-limits proposal calls for restricting state representatives to four consecutive terms and state senators to […]

15 years later, board hopes it will soon hear ‘a yea or a nay’ on airport plan


After years of waiting, the Letcher County Airport Board expects to know by the end of this year whether its work will ever bear fruit. An environment impact assessment is underway now, paid for by the Kentucky Department of Aviation, and airport board chairman Joe DePriest said he hopes that when that is finished, the board will know if the […]


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