Escapee faces several charges

Police are still looking for a Letcher County Jail inmate who assaulted a Perry County jail security officer and escaped while being transported back to Whitesburg after a appearance in Hazard last week. Kentucky State Police say Stevie Daniel Wynn, 32, of Thornton, was being transported through Knott County around 3 p.m. on August 24 when he was able to […]

Jenkins board hikes taxes despite pleas from city officials

Taxes on real and personal property will go up in Jenkins despite pleas from Mayor G.C. Kincer, City Attorney Randall Tackett and other citizens who attended a special called meeting of the Jenkins Independent Schools Board of Education on Tuesday night. The board voted 4-1 to raise taxes on real and personal property by the “compensating rate” of 76.9 cents […]

Driver was drunk at time of fatal crash, jurors told


A Letcher Circuit Court jury was told Tuesday that Jonathan Anderson had a blood alcohol level of three times the legal limit when he crashed his pickup truck into the rear of a car driven by Gwendolyn Whitaker last November, resulting in Mrs. Whitaker’s death. Brittany Givens, a forensic science specialist with Kentucky State Police, testified that Anderson, 25, of […]

Classic Comfort

A h, comfort food. Simple, hearty dishes full of flavor and good memories. There’s nothing quite like sitting down to one of these family favorites after a long day. Somehow, it just makes everything seem better. These recipes take some classic comfort foods and make them a little easier to prepare — which means you get to enjoy them even […]

Linda and Dennie Hall mark 52nd anniversary

Hello everyone. Hope you are having a good day. The weather is just perfect now, but I think I feel fall coming at times. Dorthy Tacket is so good to send me news. Her sister Linda ( Pennington) Hall called to tell me her niece Linda Jo ( Pennington) Greene, who lives in Texas, loves The Mountain Eagle. She grew […]


Sarah Jane Hall succumbs at 83

Sarah Jane Hall, 83, died August 27 at Pikeville Regional Hospital. A daughter of the late Hawk and Aggie Breeding Hall, she was the widow of Evans Hall. She was preceded in death by a son, Michael Lynn Hall, and 18 brothers and sisters. Surviving are two sons, Donnie Hall of Mayking and Charles Hall and wife Nancy of Jackhorn; […]

Both sides guilty of ignoring facts

As our world becomes more complicated, and inundated with information that people increasingly select to affirm or spread their own beliefs, the facts can be ignored, obscured and misrepresented, especially on environmental issues. Two of this month’s leading examples were the leading Republican presidential candidate’s statements on climate change and environmental groups’ poll on mountaintopremoval coal mining. Texas Gov. Rick […]

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