The deep snow which began falling over Letcher County on February 16 was topped off with another couple of inches early February 24, but the melting had resumed — somewhat — by late Tuesday afternoon. Still, the forecasters at AccuWeather were calling for an additional inch or two of accumulation on Thursday. (Photo by Thomas Biggs)

Students, teachers lose spring breaks

Letcher board takes all 5 days

The Letcher County Board of Education has cancelled spring vacation for students and teachers for the second year in a row. Citing 20 days of classes already missed because of bad weather and additional cancellations a near certainty, the board ordered at its February meeting this week that spring break scheduled for the week of March 30-April 3 be cancelled. […]

Sheriff, staff busy with calls for help

Police Beat

Monday, February 22 • At 10: 41 p. m., a caller from Rodie Lane, Sandlick, reports to the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Office that his wallet has been lost or stolen. • At 11:06 a.m., a caller from Kingdom Come Creek reports to the sheriff ’s office that her Social Security card is missing from her home, and that her […]

Jenkins trims 3 days for now

Students in the Jenkins Independent Schools System will lose at least three days of their scheduled spring vacation because of the number of weather-related days they have already missed. Superintendent Freddie Bowling told the Jenkins Board of Education at its February meeting that while he doesn’t like the idea of taking days from the vacation period, it is necessary to […]

‘A bad situation’

Water lines freeze, burst, creating havoc

County and city water departments throughout Letcher County are searching for leaky pipes and monitoring the water levels in tanks. “Most tanks are low,” said Letcher County Judge/Executive Jim Ward. “It’s just a bad situation.” Ward said Tuesday that the county’s tank levels are decent, but not good. Jenkins Mayor Todd Depriest said water was turned off to two sections […]

Police chief announces his plea of guilty

Whitesburg Police Chief Tyrone Fields pleaded guilty recently in Perry District Court to a driving while intoxicated charge filed against him last November. “I want the public to know,” Fields said of his decision Tuesday to announce his guilty plea through The Mountain Eagle. “I think you need to do a story and let the people know. Some people thought […]

Fun is watching Kentucky grow up

Here’s to watching Kentucky’s team grow up. v Against Auburn: 25 assists. v Trey Lyles came around a low post pick by Karl Anthony Towns with energy and expectation instead of nonchalance … turned into the lane, impeccably timed pass delivered — score and one. v Tyler Ulis’s mid-floor nolook assist to Willie Cauley-Stein against Auburn was freshman-ofthe year-worthy. v […]


Former Letcher County schoolboy Cameron Justice went up for an easy two points against the outmanned Jenkins Cavaliers Monday night in the opening round of the boy’s 53rd District Tournament at Letcher County Central High School. Justice’s current team, the Knott County Central Patriots, defeated the Cavaliers, 74-27, in the game. Justice, son of former Letcher Central hoops coach Raymond […]

Gabby’s fishing fever

Thinking about smallmouth bass

The weather has been very bad lately and has made it hard to get out and do anything including fishing. The most sought after fish this time of year is the smallmouth bass for most anglers. A lot of them like to fish for crappie also. Both of these fish will feed in the cooler water and will give some […]

Daytona in the rearview

In the sport of Sprint Cup Racing, there is no other race on the schedule that comes close to creating the excitement that comes from Daytona in February. The 10 days that the series spends at Daytona International Speedway does an awesome job of giving the fans enough racing along the way that the excitement reaches a frenzy level by […]