2024-03-06 E-Edition

Firefighter who pulled driver to safety has strong family ties to Letcher County

The Kentucky firefighter who has received national attention for rappelling off a bridge in Louisville last Friday to rescue the driver of a tractor-trailer as it dangled precariously over the Ohio River has strong family ties to Letcher County. Louisville firefighter Bryce Carden is the grandson of the late Wendall and Monzell Brown Ison of Elizabethtown and great grandson of […]

Jenkins council can take neglected properties, city attorney explains

The Jenkins city attorney has told the city council it can take properties that are not being cleaned up by the owners. “Property owners should realize the city has that power,” said City Attorney Randall Tackett. Tackett explained the two ordinances that can be enforced by the city at Monday night’s regular city council meeting. The nuisance ordinance allows the […]

Students in another bus wreck near Eolia

A second school bus going to school has run off the road while meeting a large truck in a curve, and it was carrying some of the same students who were aboard a bus that rolled over after being hit by a coal truck in mid-January. The latest accident occurred one week ago on February 28 after the bus turned […]

Hearing set on prison plan

The Federal Bureau of Prisons has released another Draft Environmental Impact Statement naming a reclaimed strip mine at Roxana as the preferred location for a federal prison. The new report envisions a medium-security Federal Correction Institute with a capacity of 1,152 adult inmates and a second minimum-security Federal Prison Camp to house 256 more. The agency is seeking public comment […]

Internet costs to rise for many in Letcher County

More than a quarter of Letcher County households may have to pay more for internet access by the end of April because a federal program that supports affordable broadband for lower-income families is running out of money. Over 2,400 of Letcher County’s 8,400 households are currently receiving $30 a month from the federal Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), according to data […]

Lady Cougars celebrate district title win

The Letcher Central Lady Cougars mob Jaylin Whitt after Whitt’s buzzer beater in overtime secured the 53rd District Championship. Whitt’s 18 points and eight rebounds, along with a game-winning buzzer beater, carried the Lady Cougars back to the throne as district champions in a thrilling 50-48 overtime win over Knott Central. The Lady Cougars were scheduled to face Hazard in […]

Questionable calls mar game

What I witnessed in the Boys’ 53rd District Championship basketball game at Knott County Central last Thursday is hard to put into words. I have covered sports for The Mountain Eagle for more than years and have seen my share of games totally decided by the officiating. I was doing the radio call for an LCC football game at Hazard […]

LCC falls in OT, but still advances

Letcher Central Central fell in dramatic fashion in the 53rd District Tournament championship game, losing in overtime to rival Knott County Central by a score of 70-67. LCC had a commanding 38-25 lead going into the fourth quarter but a combination of some questionable foul calls and timely Knott County shooting forced the game into overtime. The Cougars, who lost […]

Struttin’ Time

Old dogs and old hunters

Mark Reese is a bird hunter, and the two of us have discussed the demise of ruffled grouse and quail. It seems that Mark is retiring two of his longtime buddies, Red, 14, and Lucky, just shy of 11 years old. As you might have guessed, Mark’s buddies are his bird dogs. I only owned one bird dog, given to […]