‘The Kentucky Rifle’ returning to Knott

The roll call of college coaches in Kentucky who underestimated, ignored or simply could not see past a McDonald’s all-star list when it came to homegrown high school basketball stars worthy of college ball would be too long and embarrassing. One of the finest who got away was Glen Combs at Carr Creek in 1964. The son of Coach Morton […]

Rep. Combs calls for hike in wages

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: Last week, the Kentucky House voted for one of its top priorities this legislative session: Raising the minimum wage, something that hasn’t happened here in nearly five years. It did not take long to learn just how much public support this proposal has. Over the weekend, the state’s two largest newspapers published a statewide poll showing that […]

Rotary offering $1,000 scholarship for seniors

The Rotary Club of Whitesburg is accepting applications for a $1,000 scholarship available to college bound high school seniors and current college students who are residents of Letcher County and working on their first degree. The recipient will be selected by May 1 and the scholarship will be awarded in August. The deadline for the application to be received by […]

Loreva Fields dies at 89

Loreva Banks Fields, 89, of Cowan, died February 5 at Letcher Manor Nursing Home in Whitesburg. A daughter of the late Hiram and Frances Collins Banks, she was the widow of Ray Fields and was also preceded in death by two infant children, seven brothers, and two sisters. She was a member of Big Cowan Old Regular Baptist Church. Surviving […]

Season is winding down

The Letcher Central Lady Cougars were scheduled to enter the final week of the regular season with Wednesday night’s visit to Perry County Central. The 15-6 Lady Commodores are the top-ranked team in the 14th Region. LCCHS is on the verge of yet another 20-win season and has a legitimate shot at successfully defending its regional crown despite losing four […]

Once an East Jenkins landmark

The Way We Were

The Reda Theatre in East Jenkins is seen in this photo shortly after it was remodeled in January 1948. The theater, originally opened as the Rex Theatre, was part of the Reda Brothers Amusement Company chain that also operated movie houses in the towns of London, Middlesboro, Richmond, Pineville and Vicco. A report appearing in the January 15, 1948 edition […]

Admission conferences Feb. 20

Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College will hold a preadmissions conference on Thursday, Feb. 20, for allied health programs including medical assisting, radiography, respiratory care and physical therapist assistant. The conference for physical therapist assistant will begin at 3 p.m. with confer- for the other programs set for 5 p.m. in the Belinda Mason Building auditorium on the SKCTC campus […]

Bible Study at Dairy Queen draws crowd


Hello everyone, hope you are all doing well. If you are like me, you are looking forward to springtime. Actually, I’ve not really been bored staying in while it’s so cold. I can always find something to do, call friends you haven’t seen in a while. I’m thankful we haven’t lost power like some places, but winter isn’t through with […]

Boys set to play last 3 scheduled

The 14- 11 Letcher Central Cougars wrap up their season with three straight games beginning Thursday evening against 17-5 Breathitt County. The Cougars host 15-7 Buckhorn Feb. 18, and then close out the regular season against 12-7 Pike County Central Feb. 20. The boys’ 53rd District Tournament gets underway the week of Feb. 24 in Hindman at Knott County Central. […]

The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1908

Thursday, February 15, 1934 A large number of lower Rockhouse residents were in Whitesburg Monday for the trial of Mrs. Louisa Caudill, who was acquitted by the Letcher Circuit Jury of shooting Jepp Bollen last year. According to evidence presented during the trial, a large number of people had gathered at Mrs. Caudill’s home for what was termed “a country […]