Jenkins High School senior Brittany Sexton, escorted by senior Tyler Holbrook, was named Homecoming Queen at last Friday’s game against South Floyd. (Photo by Chris Anderson)

The naming of Little Shepherd Trail

The September 27, 1962 edition of The Mountain Eagle carried the news that a scenic trail developed by the Kentucky Division of Forestry along Pine Mountain in Harlan and Letcher counties has been officially named “Little Shepherd Trail.” The name was chosen from 137 entries in a name-the-trail contest conducted among school children in the two counties. The winning entry […]

Heritage festival calendar of events

Sept. 24 Wednesday through Saturday there will be free live entertainment each night on the festival stage. Schedule is subject to change as new events are added. Whitesburg Day Main street Whitesburg, food booths, crafts booths set up for the day and window displays. Contact: Lee Adams 606- 633-2362 Old Time Country Dinner Soup beans, cornbread, kraut and wieners, dessert […]

Letcher County Police Beat

Thursday, Sept.18 • At 4:28 p.m., a Letcher County Sheriff ’s Deputy arrives at A-plus Rentals to follow up on a criminal case that is now open. • At 5:13 p.m., a Letcher County Sheriff ’s Deputy is en route to the Breathitt County Detention Center to deliver a male juvenile prisoner. Friday, Sept. 19 • At 4:59 p.m., two […]

Radio has mind of its own

Car Talk

Dear Tom and Ray: I have a 1999 Ford F-150 with 94,000 miles. The truck runs great, but I have a problem with the radio. Starting last Thanksgiving, the radio comes on all by itself, even without the key in the ignition. It has happened at least half a dozen times since then. I’ve gotten to the point that I […]

Developer hopes council revisits plan for distillery

The developer of a proposed distillery in Whitesburg hopes city leaders will revisit their decision not to let him make or sell alcohol in a historic downtown building he is leasing from the city. “I don’t see how it can be bad,” said Colin Fultz of Thornton, whose proposal to set up a distillery to produce “higher end” moonshine in […]

The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1908

Thursday, September 28, 1944 Private First Class Hubert Crase, 28, has been killed in action in France. PFC Crase entered the service October 12, 1939 and landed in Iceland on September 11, 1941. He remained in Iceland for two years before being sent to England, then to Ireland, and on to France, where he was killed on August 23. . […]

Cousin trip a success

Cowan Creek

Happy fall- like days. Love the beautiful weather. This week is Mountain Heritage week so go out and enjoy. It’s not every week we get to see our friends and loved ones that come for the event. See ya there. The cousin trip was a success. We went to Aunt Janice and Uncle Ron Wolod’s in Maryland. Got to tour […]

Cops seek owners of stolen property

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the owners of stolen property found recently in the McPeeks Branch area of Letcher County. Letcher County and Wise County sheriff ’s departments recovered a 14-foot pull trailer, a backhoe, hand tools, a firearm and other items estimated to be worth a total of $60,000. The trailer, some tools and other […]

Questions I’ve been asked

I’ve been asked many times why I don’t write more stories about Letcher County, and why I did not return to Jenkins when I retired. I left Jenkins January 1, 1946, a young kid of 16 years old, to join the military. I had never been away from home before. I had never been anywhere other than Kentucky and Virginia. […]