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News

Mayor says Neon's creeks need dredged in wake of flooding

Mayor Susan Polis said last week's flooding of downtown Neon served as a reminder that creeks flowing through the town need cleaning. "The creeks just couldn't hold the water," said Polis. "Our creeks need to be dredged in the worst way. More...

Dam appears safe for now, judge says

A water dam specialist with the state Division of Water is scheduled to inspect an old silt pond on Company Branch at Craft's Colly this week after county officials declared a state of emergency over fears the dam might collapse. More...

Elementary libraries will get upgrades

Libraries at three Letcher County elementary schools are expected to be upgraded soon. More...

Columns

A congratulations card for new brides

Weddings are in season at this time of year. If you're planning to have one, or know someone who is, make sure you put Social Security on the to-do list — because we may need to send you a card. A new Social Security card, that is. More...

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

June 25, 1959 Suits seeking more than $4,000,000 in damages against the United Mine Workers union were filed by nine eastern Kentucky coal companies Tuesday. More...

Car Talk

Wants advice on safely pulling a prank

Dear Tom and Ray: My name is Victor, and as an upcoming college freshman, in a fit of my newfound freedom, I want to add a comical touch to my car (when and if I ever get one). More...

Speak Your Piece

Speak Your Piece

Tell us what's on your mind. No need to give your name.

New 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 new address is: mtneagle@bellsouth.net. More...

Health

Seniors to see lower drug costs

WASHINGTON President Barack Obama welcomed the pharmaceutical industry's agreement this week to help close a gap in Medicare's drug coverage, calling the pact a step forward in the push for overhaul of the health care system. More...

Deadly heat strokes are easily prevented

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: This summer I am running a basketball camp for teenagers. I have not done this kind of work before, and I am a bit leery on a number of issues. One that bothers me is heat injuries. More...

Finding ways to protect baby if mom drinks

WASHINGTON Drinking during pregnancy can seriously harm a baby's brain, yet thousands of mothers-to-be still do. More...

Obituaries

Services are held for Ed Neil Fields

Funeral services for Ed Neil Fields, 72, were held June 23 at Cowan Chapel Church. Burial was in the Dinah Blair Cemetery at Cowan. A son of the late Grant and Jane Miles Fields, he was born in Letcher County. More...

Ronnie Dale Johnson rites held

Ronnie Dale Johnson, 55, died June 21 at St. Joe's Hospital in Mt. Sterling. Born in Clay City, he was a son of the late Elmer and Belvia Combs Johnson, and a brother of the late Harold Dean Johnson and Thelma Muncie. More...

Deborah Lewis buried at Eolia

Deborah Marie Lewis, 45, died June 18 at her home at Eolia. She was a daughter of the late Marion and Janice Maggard Profitt. More...

Craft's contract

The Letcher County Board of Education this week voted to renew the contract of Supt. Anna Craft for another four-year term. The board took the action after discussing the matter in executive session at its June meeting on Monday. More...

Cops say drugs found in underwear

A Jenkins man was arrested last week on drug charges and police say more arrests will be made in connection with the case. Sgt. More...

WRECK INJURES TWO

Whitesburg City Police say a natural gas drilling company U.S. 119 and hit this power company truck. The pickup driver, Brandon S. Fields, 22, of Littcarr in Knott County, remained in critical condition Tuesday night. More...

Opinions

Political Cartoon

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The Fourth Estate and Washington

Matt Drudge is obviously not happy: "ABC TURNS PROGRAMMING OVER TO OBAMA; NEWS TO BE ANCHORED FROM INSIDE WHITE HOUSE," his headline screams, in even bigger type than that. More...

The liberals' Iran dilemma

WASHINGTON Protesters hit the streets demanding freedom and fair elections. A repressive government strikes back and denounces the dissidents as unpatriotic subversives. Change, even revolution, is in the air. More...

Sports

New coach named

Betty Noble-Acevado has been named the new women's coach for the Alice Lloyd College Lady Eagles. The 37-year-old Whitesburg native played her prep career for coach John High at Whitesburg High School from 1986-90. More...

Sports in Kentucky

The 'one and not done' gang

College basketball's new catchall "one-and-done" is code for show-me-the-money-now! by handlers of 18-year-old Kobe-wannabe's who figure college is no more than seven months pretending to be a student until the birthday cake has 19 candles. More...

Gabby's fishing fever

Worm fishing; Carr Creek Lake report

With summer officially here, bass are moving into their postspawn patterns. The shallow water has warmed to the point that the bass need to move to deeper, cooler water to hold. More...

Families & Friends

LaMontes visit from Mississippi

Cowan

We are having beautiful summer weather. Some people are beginning to have some vegetables from their gardens. We have had a good season so far. Several attended church at Little Cowan on Sunday. More...

Homecoming set for June 22

Lewis Creek Pentecostal Church will host homecoming services June 22 through June 28. Services will be held nightly at 7 p.m. with Sunday service at 11 a.m. and dinner to follow at 1:30 p.m. Speakers are the Rev. More...

Clyde Hatton celebrates his 86th birthday

Whitesburg

Hello everyone, hope you are all doing well and keeping dry. We sure have had a lot of rain. I was hoping it would be nice on Sunday. More...

Entertainment

Tyme to play

East KY Tyme, a countrybluegrass band, will perform at the Gordon Fire Department on Saturday, June 27, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. The group will also be at the Tom Owens Farm on Sunday, June 28, at 1 p.m., for a picnic. More...

Coming events

This guide is published by The Mountain Eagle as a public service to help keep readers informed about entertainment events within driving distance of Letcher County. All dates are subject to change. More...

Michelle Malone will appear

Michelle Malone is returning to Whitesburg this week armed with a bottleneck slide guitar, blues harmonica, her signature soulfilled vocals, and a newly-released album, Debris, which is her best yet. More...