2020-09-16 E-Edition


—Letcher County Central’s Isaiah Kendrick battled for control of the ball late last week during the Cougars’ 4-1 loss to Hazard in a soccer match at Ermine. Fall sports activities are now in full swing at both Letcher Central and Jenkins high schools. Coverage begins on Page 2. (Photo by Chris Anderson)

Meth charges filed against 70 here so far this year

Meth cases far outpace Letcher pain pill cases

Federal officials have vowed to crack down on opioid abuse here, but court records indicate opiates — pain bills related to morphine, imported synthetics such as fentanyl, and heroin — are not a major part of the drug problem in Letcher County anymore. A check of court stories this year in The Mountain Eagle show at least 70 people have […]

21 new COVID-19 cases boost total to 100 in county

In the past week, Letcher County has seen the largest increase in COVID 19 cases since the pandemic began. The Kentucky River Health District reported 21 new cases in Letcher County by Tuesday evening, compared to 10 cases for the seven days before. The total cases identified in Letcher County since the pandemic began is now at 100. “We’re just […]

LCC survives slow start in first win

Pike Central visits Ermine this weekend

The Letcher County Central Cougars started their 2020 football campaign with a convincing 27-8 victory over Rockcastle County. The Cougars will look to build on the momentum of this victory when they host Pike County Central this Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Cougar Field. Pike Central lost its opening game to Perry Central by a score of 37 to 23. […]

Hunter Sallis is ‘very interested’ in UK

Vaught’s Views
Kevin Knox enjoys playing with Randle for New York Knicks; UK’s Wright improves

This will be the third year Hunter Sallis has started for Millard North High School in Nebraska for coach Tim Cannon, and he’s emerged not only as a major recruiting target for Kentucky but as one of the top players in the 2021 recruiting class. The 6-5 guard averaged averaged 22.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game last […]

Lady Cougars blast Hazard

Letcher County Central Lady Cougars footballers Kelsey Goins, Angelina Acevedo, Ruby Miranda and Brooke Bates ran off the field after Miranda capped a 10-0 rout of Hazard last Thursday with a goal in the final seconds of the game. Also in the match, three Lady Cougars — Brooke Bates, Rylee Lewis and Kylee Bates — scored three goals apiece. The […]

Boys trying to overcome 0-3 start

Letcher Central’s Zackary Cornett fired the ball downfield in last Thursday’s loss to the visiting Hazard Bulldogs. The Cougars fell to Hazard 4-1 in the match. The Cougars remained winless Tuesday night as they entered play on the road at Belfry. After another road game at Wolfe County on September 17, they will host Harlan County on September 22 at […]

Jenkins playing reduced schedule

The Jenkins Cavaliers are playing a junior varsity-only schedule this season after the program folded last season because of a lack of players. Last Saturday, the Cavs scrimmaged against Knott Central. In the photo above, Donovan Pettyjohn found room to run. Below, Jenkins defender Gabe Fiers grabbed hold of Knott Central’s quarterback before pulling him to the ground. The Cavaliers […]

The Home Place


Wasn’t it just the most exciting thing ever when someone would bring cupcakes to school on their birthday? This recipe is a throwback to the vanilla on-vanilla childhood birthday fun. Ingredients VEGAN “BUTTERMILK” 1 cup nondairy milk 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar DRY  2 cups spelt flour 1 cup coconut sugar 1½ teaspoons baking powder  ½ teaspoon baking soda ¼ […]