2020-04-22 E-Edition


— Richard Bolling of Mayking protected his head from flames as he used a leaf blower to encourage wet pine brush and logs to burn. Bolling and his brother-in-law, Gary Fields, were on Thornton Saturday evening cleaning up a mess left behind when four huge pine trees fell when straightline winds of up to 80 miles per hour struck southeastern […]

Wife says barber didn’t cut hair

The co-owner of a barber and beauty shop in Whitesburg says her husband is not still cutting hair in defiance of state closure orders, even though she urged him to. A story in last week’s Mountain Eagle said residents had complained that a barbershop was still taking customers, but that police had not found it open. The shop was not […]

County officials revisit jail meals in on-line session

Bid package for jail food will be rewritten and advertised

In its first ever on-line meeting, the Letcher County Fiscal Court voted unanimously to rescind the winning bid to provide meals to inmates in the Letcher County Jail that was placed by CANE Kitchen of Whitesburg at last month’s meeting. Letcher County Jailer Bert Slone told the court that CANE Kitchen would not be able to meet the nutritional requirements […]

Students won’t see classrooms this spring

School officials still must still make decisions about summer

Students in Letcher County will continue learning from home for the remainder of the school year, using non-traditional instruction days to take off the slack from days missed because of COVID-19. Gov. Andy Beshear made the announcement on Monday after a 2 p.m. conference call with superintendents across the state. Letcher County School Superintendent Denise Yonts said earlier that day […]


– Josh Wood, son of Patty Wood, of Mayking, is ready for a bear hunt, but not the dangerous kind. Businesses and homeowners across the country have been placing stuffed bears in their windows as a kind of scavenger hunt for kids stuck inside during the coronavirus pandemic. Parents can drive the kids around their home areas and spot the […]

Beshear: State should be smartest when it comes to reopening


Kentucky should resist the temptation of being the fastest to reopen its coronavirus-battered economy, instead focusing on being “the smartest and the best” to prevent any follow-up spikes in infections, Gov. Andy Beshear said Tuesday. The governor offered those cautionary words as he reported 17 more virus-related deaths in Kentucky, raising the statewide death count to 171 since the pandemic […]

Don’t expect Quickley to last long in draft

Vaught’s Views

If you look at most mock drafts, former Kentucky guard Immanuel Quickley is projected to go near the very end of the two-round NBA draft whenever it ends up being held. However, mock drafts are not always right. “I think there are actually some NBA teams that would happily draft Immanuel Quickley over Tyrese Maxey,” one college basketball/ NBA writer […]

Gabby’s Fishing Fever

Carr Creek has matured into fine lake

I was by Carr Creek Lake earlier this week and saw that it was looking really nice with a good healthy color and still around five feet below summer pool. I have not gotten to go fishing in a while and am really looking forward to going soon. In the early spring the bass fishing on this lake can be […]

KHSAA officially halts all spring sports; fall up in air

With the announcement this week of the recommended closure of all K-12 schools to in-person instruction throughout Kentucky for the remainder of the school year, the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Board of Control voted unanimously against resuming the 2020 state basketball tournaments, while also approving the cancellation of all regular-season practices and contests as well as all postseason tournament […]