Coal train derails at Isom; site cleared quickly

Workers from CSX and Donahue Brothers Emergency Railroad Wrecker Service prepared equipment to right a train car that derailed at Isom when a rock slide in a cut near Walters Branch knocked it off the tracks. The crossing on KY 15 near the junction with KY 7 North was blocked for a couple of hours in the early morning, but […]


When students rode ‘The Coach’ to school

This Cumberland Coach Lines bus was well in motion on US 119 at Oven Fork when Enoch W. Estep snapped this photo, probably in the early 1950s. The bus was one of two Cumberland Coach buses that were used to transport about 100 students to and from Whitesburg High School each day from their homes in the Upper Cumberland River […]

Marilyn Mae Branham dies at 56

Funeral services for Marilyn Mae Branham, 56, of Ermine, will be held Thursday, April 25, at Letcher Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the family cemetery at Ermine. A daughter of the late Billy Noah and Betty Jean McClain Lucas, she died April 22 at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington. Surviving are her husband, Randy Branham; a […]


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2019-04-24 E-Edition

Side road homes on Little Cowan waiting for water

Residents who live along side roads on Little Cowan will have to continue to wait for clean water. A group from the Scuttle Hole Gap area approached the Letcher County Water and Sewer District in 2016 to ask for water service for their neighborhood. At that meeting, the district’s board of directors said the main line belonged to the City […]

The Way We Were

The verdict in well-known murder case

On May 26, 1909, a Letcher Circuit Court jury made up of men from Knott County found Floyd Frazier of Whitesburg guilty in the death of Ellen Flannery. It was Frazier’s third trial involving the May 1907 crime. Following is a copy of The Mountain Eagle’s coverage of the jury’s verdict and recommendation. The story is as it appeared on […]

Large amount of meth found after truck wreck at Dunham

The Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department arrested a western Kentucky man on drug trafficking and firearms charges after he apparently spent Sunday night in his disabled pickup truck on Dunham Mountain. William L. Davis, 33, of St. Charles in Hopkins County, was charged Monday afternoon with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense, and possession of a firearm by […]


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Jailer says inmates smuggled meth into jail cell

A 35- yearold McRoberts man has been charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance while in the Letcher County Jail. Curtis Wayne Anderson, of 50 Lonesome Dove Drive, McRoberts, is charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence, and first-degree promoting contraband after he was allegedly caught on video passing methamphetamine to […]