2020-10-14 E-Edition


— Two young bucks locking antlers did little to attract the attention of two does standing nearby in Letcher County on Tuesday morning, but the scene did draw the attention of a photographer. (Eagle photo)

COVID-19 cases are back up again in Letcher County

Letcher County remains on COVID-19 ‘red’ alert

Cases of COVID-19 are back up again this week in Letcher County with 46 new cases reported since last Tuesday. That’s up slightly from 43 the week before and equal to the highest number of cases here so far, 46 during the seven-day period from September 22 to September 29. The total cases here now stand at 255, more than […]

Voters lined up here as early voting opened

Early voting is underway

There were moderate lines for voting through much of the day in Letcher County on Tuesday, the first day early voting locations were open. More than 170 people had cast ballots in person by 2 p.m. Tuesday. As of the same day, the names of 2,145 voters requesting absentee ballots had arrived at the courthouse from the Secretary of State, […]

City of Whitesburg makes new plans for Halloween

The City of Whitesburg will put a computer-age twist on an ancient holiday this Halloween. In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the city will use the Internet to arrange trick-or-treat in reverse, with treats being delivered rather than little ghouls and goblins knocking on doors. The Whitesburg City Council met in-person Tuesday for the first time since […]

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Jimmy McCall dies at 84

Jimmy McCall, 84, of Mayking, died October 11 at his residence. A son of the late George and Cora Wright McCall, he was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Verna Faye McCall; siblings, Rebecca Russell, William “Bud” McCall, Ethel Anderson, Mildred Brown, Georgia “Tootsie”, Arlena Webb, and Jack McCall; and nephews, Clyde Anderson and Billy Ray Anderson. […]

Services set for Marieda Smith

Marieda Carol Smith, 60, died October 11 at her residence in Neon. A daughter of the late Eids June Estep Slone, she was the widow of Chuck Smith. Surviving are three sons, Larry Smith and wife Sabrina of Haymond, and Ricky Smith and wife Barb and Tommy Smith, all of Neon; two brothers, Danny Slone of Jenkins and Herbie Slone […]


— The Whitesburg Middle School Lady Jackets recently won the championship games of the Letcher County “B” and “C” tournaments. Members of the “B” team are pictured upper left. They are (back row, from left) Addie Blevins, Coach Bryan Howard, Presley Sloan, Keauna Shepherd, Bailee Howard, Autumn Bentley, Coach Brandee Caudill, Taylor Baker, (front row, from left) Anna Hatton, Molly […]

Wildcats played 5 freshmen on defense

Vaught’s Views

In last week’s win over Mississippi State Kentucky had five true freshmen — defensive linemen Josaih Hayes, Octavious Oxendine, Justin Rogers and Tre’Vonn Rybka along with defensive back Andru Phillips — make their collegiate debut on defense. Backup quarterback Joey Gatewood also got his first snaps after being ruled eligible following his transfer from Auburn. “It was really important (to […]