EQT’s late tax payment helps court, schools

By SAM ADAMS County government, county schools and Jenkins Independent Schools and special taxing districts, all strapped by sharp decreases in unmined minerals taxes and severance taxes, got a windfall last week after an apparent change in the property tax assessment for EQT Gathering. According to documentation from the state Department of Revenue, Letcher County Schools received $1,041,152 in unexpected […]

Foundation raises money for nonprofits

• Don’t let your keys sink in the pool, lake or ocean this summer. If you’re taking them with you, make sure you add a flotation device. They sell keychains just for this purpose. • “The dollar store is the best place for pool toys — they stock foam balls and all kinds of diving sticks and blow-up beach balls. […]

Fire up your grill!

As the days get warmer and the Memorial Day holiday (and relatives) descends upon us, it’s time to grill outdoors. Memorial Day is a federal holiday that was created to remember those who died while serving our country. The holiday originated after the Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers. Today, the holiday commemorates all of those brave […]

County treasurer retiring

Letcher County will have to find a new county treasurer at the end of the fiscal year on June 30, when current Treasurer Phillip Hampton calls it quits after 37 years of serving the county. Following his monthly report at the May meeting of the Letcher County Fiscal Court, Hampton told the court of his decision to end his long […]


To list reunions in The Mountain Eagle’s weekly reunion column, send information in writing to Reunions, The Mountain Eagle, P.O. Box 808, Whitesburg, Ky. 41858. Information must be received by Friday to be included in the following week’s issue. CANEY JUNIOR COLLEGE/ ALICE LLOYD COLLEGE — Former Caney Junior College and Alice Lloyd College students will hold a breakfast at […]

Life of Oma Smith to be celebrated

To celebrate the life of Oma Smith, there will be a gathering of family and friends at noon on Thursday, May 25, at The Pine Mountain Grill in Whitesburg. Lee Oma McCloud Smith died on March 19 at Town Center in Avon Lake, Ohio. Mrs. Smith, abundantly kind and giving, was truly the epitome of gentleness and graciousness. She always […]

2 drug suspects accused of having sex in public

A Whitco couple was arrested on drug charges after allegedly being caught having sex in a car in the Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital parking lot. Whitesburg Police Officer Jordon Clemons on May 12 charged Jennifer Patricia Brown, 30, and her husband, Jason M. Brown, 36, each with disorderly conduct, public intoxication and possession of cocaine. Jason Brown was also charged […]

Rites held for Lisa Ann Bates

Lisa Ann Bates, 41, died May 13 at her home in Colson. She was a daughter of Hannah Couch Wells of Colson and the late Bill Wells, and a sister of the late Arnold Wells. Surviving in addition to her mother are her husband, Worlie Bates; two sons, Johnny Gibson of Tennessee and Schuyler Bates of Colson; four daughters, Danielle […]

Two charged with manufacturing meth on Rattlesnake Road

The Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department has arrested two men on drug charges after answering a Social Services complaint about possible methamphetamine manufacturing at a home on Rattlesnake Road in Craft’s Colly. Jimmy “Scrappy” Cook, 36, of Sugar Run, was charged with first-degree trafficking in methamphetamine, first offense; tampering with physical evidence; first-degree possession of a controlled substance; and possession […]

Malik Monk to be Top 10 NBA pick, but …

Vaught’s Views

Malik Monk is considered a lock to be a top 10 pick in the June NBA Draft, but that doesn’t mean everyone feels he is destined to be a NBA star. Monk led the Southeastern Conference in scoring at Kentucky as a freshman and was among the nation’s elite scorers from 3-point range. Yet ESPN analysts Fran Fraschilla and Jeff […]