2021-08-11

2021-08-11 E-Edition

COVID cases result in Jenkins closing schools until Aug. 23


With absences piling up, positive COVID-19 cases now reported among the district’s students, and entire classes currently in quarantine, Jenkins Independent Schools will close its doors for two weeks in response to an ever-developing pandemic situation. Jenkins Independent Schools Superintendent Damian Johnson told The Mountain Eagle on Tuesday that the school district will shut down for the next two weeks […]

‘Castle Doctrine’ cited in dismissal of murder counts

Letcher Circuit Judge James W. Craft II has dismissed the charges against a Jenkins couple indicted for complicity to murder, citing Kentucky’s “Castle Doctrine” as the reason. The couple’s attorney, David A. Johnson, had filed a motion to dismiss the case on the grounds that the couple were acting within the bounds of Kentucky’s Castle Law, which assumes a person […]

Census results expected to show loss in Letcher


Conventional wisdom is that the population of Letcher County and its three cities has fallen since the 2010 Census. “I’m sure we lost with the downturn of the coal industry, but as far as the figures I don’t have any numbers,” Judge/Executive Terry Adams said. On Thursday, just how much it has dropped will be made public. The U.S. Census […]

Speedy recruit likes UK’s new offense

Vaught’s Views

He grew up in California but didn’t start out playing football. Instead, Jordan Anthony studied the game until he was old enough to play. He eventually moved to Mississippi but didn’t even play football his freshman year of high school. His sophomore season he did play but was just used on defense. However, the speedy Anthony got a chance to […]

Struttin’ Time

Helping children hunt is an honor

I am opening this week’s column with a reminder that August 21 is the opening day of fall squirrel season. Again, I encourage you to take a child with you and make memories with and for them. You know Ben Gish and the staff of The Mountain Eagle and myself have traveled with you for so many years that sometimes […]

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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 A lifelong Letcher County resident was recently invited to a book signing in St. Louis, Mo. The books, ‘Chop Vum, Hill 283’ and ‘The Men Behind the Scarf’ center on the bloodiest battle […]

Trivia test


1. LITERATURE: Which book series featured a character named Samwise Gamgee? 2. TELEVISION: What was the name of Fred’s boss on the animated TV show “The Flintstones”? 3. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: How many cards are in a modern tarot deck? 4. GEOGRAPHY: What is Canada’s largest island? 5. MOVIES: Which 1990s movie features a character nicknamed “The Dude”? 6. FOOD & […]

SKCTC holds open house here

Top guitarist Eric Gales will perform free show in Whitesburg Thursday

Renowned six-string virtuoso Eric Gales headlines the Levitt AMP Whitesburg Music Series on August 12. Eric Gales grew up in a musical family with four brothers, two of them who learned to play the guitar upside down and left-handed in the same fashion that Eric does. Eric released his first record at Age 16 for Elektra records to an amazing […]