Driver killed near county line

A Laurel County man died Monday after the tractor-trailer he was operating overturned near the Knott/Letcher county line. Kentucky State Police said Chester Smith, 46, of London, was traveling north on Highway 15 at Redfox at 8:35 a.m. when the 2001 Peterbilt tractor and trailer suddenly veered off of the road and hit a guardrail before overturning. The rig, owned […]

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years July 27, 1961 Recruits are being sought for a new panic police force being established in Letcher County. Civil Defense Director W. Lovell Williams says the police unit will be open to any men 21 or over and especially needed are men with motorcycles. . Construction is schedule to […]


19 face non-support charges

The Letcher Grand Jury has indicted 19 people on charges of flagrant nonsupport of children. Seven of those indicted are also charged with being persistent felony offenders. They are: • Melissa Bates, 37, 58 Blossom Dr., Millstone, charged with owing $6,335 in support for the period ending June 29. • Wendy Branham, 32, 845 Joe’s Branch, Jenkins, charged with owing […]

Frazier speaks to Rotary Club

Gaither Frazier, regional president for Arch Coal, was the guest speaker for the July 12 Rotary Club meeting held at the Pine Mountain Grill. He talked to members about the June 15 purchase of International Coal Group (ICG), which makes Arch the second largest metallurgical coal supplier in the United States and a top-five overall global coal producer and marketer. […]

2011-07-27 E-Edition

Judge urges water board to recruit new customers

Questions about hiring parttime workers, replacing antiquated billing software, collecting past due accounts, and adding new customers to enhance operations all came up at the July meeting of the Letcher County Water and Sewer District. Board Chairman Phillip “Pee Wee” Back also used the meeting to issue a statement defending the quality of water coming from the Knott County Water […]

Smith, Sparkman, Amburgey families of Letcher County

To the Editor: My name is Debbie Caudill. I grew up in Rowan County, Kentucky. Most of my relatives came to Rowan County from Letcher County. I have been doing research on many families and will share any information that I have found with anyone who is also doing family history. I feel that it is important to know our […]

Blood drive set

The Kentucky Blood Center Bloodmobile will be at the Jenkins Fire Department from 1:30 to 4 p. m., August 5. Donors will have a chance win a 2011 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck. Blood donors must be at least 17 years old, and weigh at least 110 pounds. For more information, call (800) 775-2522.