2020-05-13 E-Edition


— A new sign identifying the Whitesburg Fire Department was all lit up earlier this week. The sign was installed last week by Unisign of Prestonsburg. The fire department is located adjacent to Whitesburg City Hall. The city’s logo is lit up in the middle of the sign. (Eagle photo)

Businesses slowly beginning reopen

Guidelines set for businesses now reopening

Kentucky businesses are slowly reopening as cases of COVID-19 continue to rise. But, even with increased testing available, the number of new positives is lower than before. Gov. Andy Beshear this week addressed critics who say that the opening should be faster, saying it could cause the virus to begin spreading again. “If we do that and it shuts down […]

MCHC is offering free testing for COVID-19


With still relatively few eastern Kentuckians getting tested for COVID-19, Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporations will step up the pace with two free three-day drive-through test sites. The Whitesburg-based company will hold testing May 15, 16, and 18 at its new campus at the old Whitesburg High School, 38 College Drive, just off the Whitesburg Bypass. The testing will be offered […]

Woman to serve 7 years for role in killing

Woman pleads in murder case

Dedra Ann Keathley, 52, of 4582 Joes Creek, Pikeville, has been sentenced to a maximum term in prison of seven years. She had withdrawn her plea of not guilty and entered a plea of guilty to criminal complicity to abuse of a corpse and criminal complicity to tampering with physical evidence. Keathley, who appeared in Letcher Circuit Court electronically for […]

Filling out Census form important to us all

Officials are urging Letcher County residents to complete their Census forms, warning that the grants and federal help are based on the number of people in each city and county, and could be endangered if the population is under-counted. A joint statement put out by U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers, Letcher County Judge/Executive Terry Adams, Whitesburg Mayor James W. Craft […]

ESPN analyst says Sarr ‘really fits’ at UK

Vaught’s Views

Former college basketball coach and current ESPN analyst Seth Greenberg loved what Nate Sestina did for Kentucky last season and thought he was “terrific” for the Cats on the court and in the locker room. However, Greenberg believes if UK can get Wake Forest transfer Olivier Sarr eligible next season, he’ll bring a whole different level of help than Sestina […]

Gabby’s Fishing Fever

Spring bass fishing is still going well

It seems like everywhere I look — and to whomever I talk about it — bass fishing is going well. I have seen things online where a lot of my friends have caught some big bass. In Kentucky and Tennessee the lakes are at summer pool and look very good. Bass are in pre-spawn and you most likely will find […]

Struttin’ Time

Hunters harvested 159 turkeys here

Our spring turkey season ended May 10. The total harvested in Letcher County was 159. Of those, 136 have been long beards and 13 have been jakes. Archery has accounted for two of the kills, and muzzle-loaders for one. I am thankful that we have gone through another season with no accidents. You can thank hunting safety courses for that. […]

Salome’s Stars

For week of May 18

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You might be a bit shaken by a friend’s request. But before the Lamb leaps to conclusions, insist on a full explanation. You still might say no, but at least you’ll know what you’re saying no to. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Seeing red over those nasty remarks by someone with an ax […]