2019-05-22 E-Edition

Chase ends in shooting death of Isom man

A Kentucky State Police trooper was injured and an Isom man was shot and killed during a high-speed chase near the Letcher-Perry county line Tuesday evening. Christopher L. Brown, 32, of Scrapshin Branch, Isom, was pronounced dead at the scene on Montgomery Creek. His last known address was in Hindman, but he did not appear to have a permanent address. […]

Flags pay tribute to five service branches

As the United States prepares to observe Memorial Day for the 151st year, Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation of Whitesburg placed a series of flags honoring the five branches of service — Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Air Force — whose members have given their lives in defense of our country. These flags and five more like them, along […]

County’s trucks, other equipment will soon be too far gone to repair

It isn’t news that the collapse of the coal economy and the loss of coal severance tax receipts has put Letcher County and other coal counties in a bad financial situation, but it has forced the road and sanitation departments in Letcher County to use equipment that is worn out and has been rebuilt so often it is almost impossible […]

Speak Your Piece

E-m@il address In addition to the telephone and the U.S. Mail, The Mountain Eagle accepts comments to Speak Your Piece by electronic mail. Our address is: mtneagle@bellsouth.net We would like to thank our magistrate, Maverick Cook, for personally cutting the weeds at Thornton Park. We would also like to thank Thornton resident Kevin Breeding aand others for mowing the park. […]

Fire departments can no longer fill a swimming pool without paying for the water

By WILLIAM A. FARLEY Local fire departments will no longer be able to fill swimming pools with treated water without paying for it and will also have to tighten up procedures for accounting for the other treated water they use. At the May meeting of the Board of Directors of the Letcher County Water and Sewer District, Manager Mark Lewis […]

Condition of house leads to charges of endangering the welfare of a minor

The Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department has arrested a Thornton couple for endangering the welfare of a minor based on conditions inside their home. The Mountain Eagle is withholding the names of the man and woman because doing so would identify the children. Letcher County Sheriff Mickey Stines said his department went with state Social Services employees after a complaint […]

Meth charges are dominating work by grand jury here

10 of 17 new indictments returned here include crimes related to drug

The Letcher County Grand Jury has named 17 people in indictments including a man and woman charged in connection with the sexual abuse of a victim under 12 years old. Robert D. Hall, 28, of 11500 Regina Belcher Highway, Elkhorn City, is charged with first-degree sexual abuse of a girl less than 12 years old. Ashley Church Hall, 30, of […]


STIDHAM TO PLAY FOR UPIKE — Letcher County Central High School student Caleb Stidham signed May 10 to play basketball for the University of Pikeville for the upcoming season. Stidham was selected to the All 53rd District team and the All 14th Region team this past season. He is pictured surrounded by his family, friends and coaches. His parents are […]

Beshear loses here, but wins state

Unofficial election returns showed Rocky Adkins winning Letcher County but losing to Andy Beshear statewide in the Democratic Primary for Governor. Adam Edelen was a distant third with 77 percent of the statewide vote counted. Gov. Matt Bevin took a shellacking here, but was comfortably ahead of challenger Robert Goforth statewide in the Republican primary. Bevin has been pilloried by […]