Eight will vie for supt.’s job

Names are being withheld

Eight people have applied for the position of superintendent of Letcher County Public Schools. Debbie Cook, secretary of the Letcher County Board of Education, said she doesn’t know the names of the applicants because the Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA) is assisting with the process and all applicants have filled out online applications on KSBA’s website. KSBA is not releasing […]

Alpha CEO made $6.2 million

Alpha Natural Resources Inc. CEO Kevin Crutchfield received a pay package valued at about $6.2 million in 2012, down 8 percent from the previous year, according to an Associated Press analysis of a regulatory filing. The pay package came in a year the Bristol, Va.-based coal company’s loss widened to $2.44 billion from $730.5 million in 2011 on impairment and […]

Pay for coaches is not as high as some think

Since Mike Holcomb was recently named the new head football coach at Letcher County Central High School, some have speculated that he scored a six-figure salary. That is not so. Through open records requests The Mountain Eagle has learned that Holcomb will make a total of $76,533 for the 2013-14 school year. His base pay, which is his homebound teaching […]

Elsie Banks marks 98th birthday


March 28, Elsie Banks celebrated her 98th birthday at the Pine Mountain Grill. Elsie is still celebrating life. She says she is blessed; she eats well, sleeps well, has no pain and takes no medicine. She has a good place to stay and gets good care. She really enjoyed her dinner with family, several nieces and friends, and opening her […]


Spoon River Anthology to be presented

A readers’ theater production of Spoon River Anthology is coming to the stage of the Edsel Godbey Appalachian Center at Cumberland. Written by Edgar Lee Masters, it will be presented at the theater located on the campus of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College on April 18, 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m., and April 21 at 2:30 p.m. The […]

Grant applications sought

The Center for Rural Development and Brushy Fork Institute are accepting grant proposals from Letcher County through April 22 for Appalachian Rural Development Philanthropy Initiative (ARDPI) mini-grants to fund philanthropic capacity-building activities. Government and nonprofit organizations in 43 southern and eastern Kentucky counties are eligible to apply for up to $8,000 in federal grant funding through the Appalachian Regional Commission […]

Square dance

The Carcassonne square dance will be held Saturday, April 13, at the Carcassonne Community Center. The doors will open at 6 p.m. and the dance will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Music will be by Lee Sexton, Ron Smith and Jack Adams, and Erin Cokonougher-Stidham is the caller. Admission is $3, children $2, under 5 free. For more […]

Public has right to know truths

In a hearing earlier this week, the judge presiding over the trial in Colorado of accused mass murderer James Holmes deferred deciding whether Fox News reporter Jana Winter should be forced into the “Hobson’s choice” of revealing her confidential sources or going to jail for six months. This is not a case where the identities of the confidential informants are […]