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'What will we do when the coal is gone?'

When Lyndon Johnson declared war on poverty from the front porch of an unemployed Kentucky coal miner, three of every five families in eastern Kentucky lived in poverty, and children ate chimney soot to ward off hunger. More...

Opinions

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Thriller

Is there still a revolution about to happen in Iran? Is my state going to run out of money tomorrow, and start printing IOUs? Can the crazy North Koreans really attack Hawaii? Was there a coup in Honduras? Do we care? More...

Obama's long, hard summer

WASHINGTON As President Obama confronts his testing time this summer, he holds major assets but faces deep tensions within his governing coalition. This will force him to make hard choices earlier than he might have preferred. More...

Sports

Sports in Kentucky

Thankfully, genuine heroes are still around

While a self-centered jughead, anti-hero returned to baseball to wild cheers in Los Angeles, a pair of genuine American heroes rose above the madding crowd last weekend. More...

Waltrip makes room for Truex

CORNELIUS, N.C. With four wins over 25 seasons, Michael Waltrip isn't foolish enough to believe his driving record will ever earn him a spot in NASCAR's Hall of Fame. More...

Wildcats finalize new roster for next season

LEXINGTON Looks like Josh Harrellson and DeAndre Liggins are staying at Kentucky. The Wildcats finalized their 2009-10 scholarship roster on Wednesday, and it includes both. More...

Families & Friends

Families gather for Fourth of July

Cowan

We had a nice Fourth of July. Gregory and Missy Crovetti of Chicago came in with the children, Kay Amburgey came in from Lexington, so we had plenty of food and everyone had a nice day at the home of Carl and Marsha Banks. More...

Reunions • Reunions • Reunions

To list reunions in The Mountain Eagle's weekly reunion column, send information in writing to Reunions, The Mountain Eagle, Box 808, Whitesburg, Ky. 41858. More...

Former Marlowe residents visit Letcher County

Whitesburg

Hello everyone, hope you are all doing well. I should have a lot of news this week. My granddaughter, Angie (Hatton) Mullins, called to tell me she had some visitors at her home. More...

Entertainment

JAM planned

JAM (Jesus and Music) will take place at 7 p.m., Friday, July 10, at the Cornerstone Church in Whitesburg. Music will be by Andy Kirk and Worship Band. The event will also include dance, drama, and ministry. There is no charge for admission. More...

Tyme to play

East KY Tyme, a countrybluegrass band, will perform at the Vince Combs 21st annual Bluegrass Festival at the Hindman ATV Park, Friday, July 10, beginning at 6:30 p.m. More...

Festival planned

A Christian festival, the Awaken Conference, will be held August 14 and 15 at the Mountain Homeplace Amphitheatre in Staffordsville. The event will include music and games and Mark Cahill will be the speaker. The cost is $15. More...

School boards may have violated law

Letcher County school boards may have violated a state attorney general's opinion when members met in private to evaluate the respective superintendents, Deborah Watts and Anna Craft. More...

Man charged in shooting among 34 indicted by Letcher grand jury

The Letcher County Grand Jury has indicted a Cowan man for shooting a man in the stomach with a shotgun last week. Gary Wayne Boggs Jr., 25, of 2165 Bo Fork, is one of 34 person named in indictments returned by the grand jury this week. More...

GARBAGE TRUCK BURNS

A small pickup truck used to haul trash by the City of Whitesburg caught on fire July 3 while workers were unloading Dumpsters located behind the Letcher Manor Nursing Home. More...

News

Driver, 19, charged with leading police on chase

Police have arrested the driver of a small pickup truck who led them on a 20- mile chase in the Jeremiah area last week. Sgt. More...

ROCKIN' FOURTH

Rock and country musician Billy Joe Royal, right, performed his Sixties' hit "Down in the Boondocks" and other songs at a free Fourth of July concert and fireworks show sponsored by the City of Whitesburg. More...

NEW MEMBERS

The Rotary Club of Whitesburg recently inducted four new members. More...

Columns

Car Talk

After calibration, Dad's wrenches can live on

Dear Tom and Ray: My father taught me a lot about cars by having me do the work while he "supervised." I don't remember how old I was, maybe 8 or 10, but I was young enough that I had to stand on a crate to reach over the hood to the engine. More...

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

July 9, 1959 The Letcher County Grand Jury is conducting an investigation into coal mine strike violence which has occurred in the county. Most Letcher County residents think county schools should open Sept. More...

Now here's a tip...

• To keep yarn untangled as you use it in a project, put it in a mesh bag. Thread the string though a hole and close up the bag. The yarn spins in the bag but stays in good shape. More...

Speak Your Piece

Speak Your Piece

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

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. More...

Health

Rare cancer now in spotlight

ATLANTA The death of Farrah Fawcett has thrown a spotlight on anal cancer, a rare disease often linked to a sexually transmitted virus. More...

Fibromyalgia frustrates athlete

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I have recently been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Before I was diagnosed, I enjoyed playing many sports and was a very physically active person. Since then, I have had to stop most of my activities. More...

Advocates share real health care stories

CHICAGO When carpenter Greg Douglas crashed his pickup truck, his toolbox hit him and smashed his ribs and collarbone. After a month in the hospital, the medical bills hit him even harder, totaling $165,000. More...

Obituaries

Services are set for Jackie Adams

Jackie Ray Adams Sr., 68, of Flemingsburg, died July 3. Born in Letcher County, he was a son of the late Elijah and Alpha Mae Holbrook Adams. He was a brother of the late Carl Adams, Earl Edward Adams, and Billy Warren Adams. More...

Services are held for Opal Strange

Opal May Meade Strange, 83, died July 1 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. Born in Letcher County, she was a daughter of the late Robert and Tilitha Hall Meade, and the widow of Billy Strange. More...

Rites are held for George Hooper Sr.

George Hooper Sr., 84, died June 30 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. A son of the late Joseph and Bessie Roach Hooper, he was born in Osaka, Va. He was the stepfather of the late Sherman Payne. He enjoyed camping and hunting. More...