2021-12-29 E-Edition

Death leaves Letcher County without only practicing vet

County’s only vet dies at 66

Carol Douglas Combs-Morris, DVM, a veterinarian with a reputation for taking care of family pets, strays and rescues, died during the night early Tuesday. Dr. Combs-Morris, 66, of Estill, passed away on Tuesday, December 28, at her residence. She was born December 4, 1955 in Paintsville to the late Marlin and Fay Stapleton Combs. She was the wife of Patrick […]

Weather outlook calls for flooding

Unseasonably warm weather could lead to heavy rain, thunderstorms, and flooding in Letcher County over the next few days, according to a Hazardous Weather Outlook issued by the National Weather Service in Jackson. The state Division of Emergency has sent out a bulletin to emergency management directors in the region as a precaution. Tornadic activity and heavy snow could hit […]

Jenkins officials say they will miss board member

Mrs. DePriest resigns after serving since 2014 on Jenkins school board

A long-serving member of the Jenkins Independent Schools Board of Education has resigned. The Jenkins Board of Education accepted the resignation of board member Brenda DePriest at its December meeting, held Dec. 21. DePriest, who had served in her position since 2014, was not present for the December meeting. Jenkins Superintendent Damian Johnson did not specify a reason for DePriest […]

Just-graduated chiropractor plans to return home to work in county where he grew up

Sharon Maxie, along with Kyle Anaman of Thornton, announces her son, Dylan Maxie, received his Doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine from Sherman College of Chiropractic Medicine in South Carolina on December 11. He was graduated from Letcher County Central High School in 2011, and received an Associate Degree in Science from Southeast Kentucky Community College in 2015. He obtained his Bachelor’s […]

Letcher school board will meet to consider whether to install security doors

The Letcher County Board of Education will decide tonight whether to issue revenue bonds to install security doors at all county schools. The special called meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. in the Lindell Smith Conference Room at the county school bus garage. Superintendent Denise Yonts said Elliott Contracting of Pikeville was the only bidder on the project, which will […]

New COVID-19 variant has spared county so far

Letcher County and Kentucky as a whole have so far not been impacted greatly by the highly contagious omicron variant of SARS-CoV2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Statewide, there are about 40 new deaths a day, which Gov. Andy Beshear this week attributed to the delta variant still being dominant here. Omicron does not appear to be as severe as […]

Four more candidates file

Two more countywide offices have had candidates file for the next election. Only four more candidates have filed since the last list was published a week ago. The deadline for candidates to file for the Primary Election is January 7. The Letcher County Coroner’s office and the Property Valuation Administrator’s office both have candidates, and another of the constable offices […]

Some counties using coal severance to pay old debts


Some of Kentucky’s poorest counties are using coal severance tax funds that were originally meant to bolster local economies to pay past debts, according to a published report. The Lexington Herald- Leader reports it analyzed how eight eastern Kentucky counties with high poverty levels spent $6.2 million in coal severance tax funds over the last two years, according to reports […]

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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 Driving back home from Letcher County and seeing the turnoff sign to Premium reminds me that I wanted to ask if anybody knows the current state of the proposed federal prison we were […]