2021-09-22 E-Edition

Mtn. Heritage Fest returns — with changes

The Mountain Heritage Festival makes its return this week after being canceled last year because of the pandemic. Country music great Wade Hayes will headline the festival on Saturday night, and comedian and novelty singer Cletus T. Judd will appear Friday night. Hayes’s single “Old Enough to Know Better” reached Number 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay Chart, and “On […]

Jenkins teacher, 28, dies of COVID-19

A teacher at Jenkins Middle-High School died this week of complications from COVID-19. Jenkins Independent Schools Superintendent Damian Johnson said Joannie Bartley, 28, of Pike County, died Monday evening at Pikeville Medical Center after a bout with COVID-19. Bartley was a mathematics teacher for grades six through eight at Jenkins Middle-High School. Johnson said Bartley had been a member of […]

Jail in crises, court is told

The number of COVID-19-positive prisoners entering the Letcher County Jail is pushing the facility toward making difficult decisions on how to safely house inmates. At the September meeting of the Letcher County Fiscal Court, Jailer Bert Slone said that about one in four inmates being brought to the jail is infected with COVID-19. He said the pandemic could force drastic […]

UK commit Skyy Clark ahead of schedule

Vaught’s Views

It was not quite three months ago when Kentucky basketball commit Skyy Clark tore the anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in his left knee. The 6-3 point guard is a consensus top 15 player in the 2022 recruiting class despite having to cut his summer play short. However, Clark vowed in July his leg would come back stronger than ever […]

Cavaliers fall to Jackson County

Gabby’s Fishing Fever

Anglers everywhere welcome fall

I am glad to see fall here and the cooler weather that comes with it. After working all my life as an underground coal miner I am used to working in around 55 degree temperatures year around so I do not do well in hot, humid weather at all. And for the most part neither do most fish. The big […]

Struttin’ Time

Why I no longer go deer hunting

I must ask your forgiveness. Since I no longer deer hunt, it is easy for me to forget the beginning of archery season. I got a couple stories on opening day, and we already ran one in The Mountain Eagle. I have been asked to put the other off until some pictures get in. I was asked just this week, […]

18 charged in latest grand jury indictments

Eighteen people are named in indictments returned by the Letcher County Grand Jury including two men accused of sexual abuse of victims under 12 years of age. Henry L. Halcomb, 65, of 16154 Hwy. 160, Linefork, is charged with three counts of first-degree rape of a victim under 12 years of age and three counts of first-degree sexual abuse. Tommy […]

Bond revoked for suspect held in beating at Jenkins

A man who was shot by police after a car chase in January is in jail again, this time on a second-degree assault charge after a fight at a Jenkins gas station in which another man was seriously injured. According to court records, the incident occurred about 2:25 a.m. on September 13 at Jenkins Double Kwik on Main Street in […]