Authorities I.D. man murdered at Burdine apts.

Authorities say a 50-year-old Letcher County man was murdered late Monday night or early Tuesday morning inside his home at the Mountain Breeze Apartment complex in the Jenkins community of Burdine. The victim has been identified as Michael Lowe, who had been living in the apartments since a home he had shared with his mother at Thornton burned a few […]

Back in his dad’s work truck

Benny Adams buried at Ermine

Funeral services for Benny Adams, 62, of Whitesburg were held September 26 at Letcher Funeral Home in Whitesburg. Burial was in Green Acres Cemetery at Ermine. A son of the late Grant and Corine Spangler Adams, he died September 25 at Pikeville Medical Center. Surviving are his wife, Janice Franks Adams; a daughter, Andrea Michelle Blain of Grover, N.C.; two […]


Walter Payton’s record run

* On Oct. 6, 1866, in Indiana, the Reno gang carries out the first robbery of a moving train in the U.S., making off with over $10,000. Holding up moving trains in remote locations soon became popular in the American West. * On Oct. 5, 1947, President Harry Truman makes the first-ever televised presidential address from the White House, asking […]

Community calendar

October 7 — The fall meeting of the Letcher County Retired Teachers Association will be held at noon at the Las Penas Restaurant in Whitesburg. All retired teachers are invited to attend, and are encouraged to bring school supplies to be donated to Letcher County and Jenkins students. For more information, call 606-633-9691. October 7-9 — The 50- year reunion […]

Jenkins can’t start work on alcohol law for two months

It will be at least two months before the City of Jenkins can take action toward formally approving alcohol sales in the city after citizens voted overwhelmingly last week to approve liquor sales for the first time since Letcher County was voted dry in 1943. Jenkins Mayor Todd Depriest told The Mountain Eagle that the city will not be able […]

It’s almost time to make molasses

I can’t believe I haven’t written in over a month! So most will be from the first of September, and most I have probably forgotten. For Labor Day we made our usual trek to Ohio to visit family and take in the flea market. Lee and Wilma Pridemore, Don, Coreen, K.P. Pridemore and myself, Tommy Harris Smith and Mary Jo […]

On CBS show

Whitney Hog g , o f Whitesburg, is now appearing in the streaming version of the CBS reality series “Big Brother: Over the Top.” The weekly series, which began airing online September 28, stars 13 houseguests competing for a grand prize of $250,000. Each week, a houseguest is eliminated based on competition and, eventually, America’s vote. The series can be […]

New ‘bookmobile’ here

After more than a year without a bookmobile, the Letcher County Public Library District’s new bookmobile has finally hit the road. The bookmobile has been down since 2015, when the engine blew in the old van, which was more than 20 years old. The library district bought a new one this year, and has been having it customized with bookshelves, […]