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News

Driver killed near county line

A Laurel County man died Monday after the tractor-trailer he was operating overturned near the Knott/Letcher county line.  More...

Judge urges water board to recruit new customers

Questions about hiring parttime workers, replacing antiquated billing software, collecting past due accounts, and adding new customers to enhance operations all came up at the July meeting of the Letcher County Water and Sewer District.  More...

Negative answers on teacher survey trouble Jenkins board chairman

Negative responses from Jenkins school teachers participating in a statewide survey concerning working conditions in their schools prompted a strong response from Board Chairman Durward Narramore Jr. More...

Columns

Car Talk

Tom and Ray help a girl out with a prank

Dear Tom and Ray:  My boss and I are in a never-ending prank war. I really want to hook up one of those horns to his car that plays the ice-cream-truck jingle. And I want to have it come on whenever he starts the car. More...

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years  July 27, 1961   Recruits are being sought for a new panic police force being established in Letcher County. Civil Defense Director W. More...

Salome's Stars

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) A more harmonious aspect favors all relationships. Family ties with mates and children are strengthened. Libra is Cupid’s choice to win the amorous Aries’ heart.  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...

Families & Friends

Friends, teachers say wreck victim was good student and tough athlete

A former Letcher County Central High School football player died from injuries he suffered in a two-vehicle wreck on July 23.  Benjamin P. Fisher, 21, of Whitesburg, was pronounced dead at 7 p.m. More...

City pool will open weekends through August

A back-to-school bash will be held at the Whitesburg Municipal Swimming Pool from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. on August 1. The event will include a cookout with hamburgers. Admission is $2.  More...

Marlowe people gather for Willie funeral

Hello everyone. I hope you are all doing well and keeping cool. I attended the funeral of Roberta (Brown) Willie a few days ago. It was good seeing all the Browns, but I wish it had been under different circumstances.  More...

Entertainment

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PATCHWORK

Story of trapped Chilean miners will be shown on the big screen

NEW YORK  The story of the Chilean miners who were trapped underground for more than two months is on its way to the big screen.  More...

FLASH BACK

1. What 1960s venue did Janis Joplin, Canned Heat and Grace Slick have in common?  2. Who was the lead singer for The Brooklyn Bridge?  3. What was the first instrument Paul McCartney ever played?  4. Who had a No. More...

Nine post offices being ‘reviewed’ for closings here

The Postal Service is considering closing more than 1 in 10 of its post offices nationwide, including 131 in Kentucky and nine in Letcher County.  More...

2nd rest home official among eight indicted

A second former administrator of Golden Years Rest Home in Jenkins has been indicted here on felony charges.  The Letcher County Grand Jury returned an indictment against 25-year-old Jonah Tackett on two counts of bribing a witness, two counts o More...

Opinions

Addicted parents, suffering children

Kentucky has made progress in how it approaches drug addiction.  Enforcement and imprisonment will not solve the growing problem of drug abuse. History has proven that. More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

After the debt-ceiling fiasco

WASHINGTON  Hours before the negotiations on the debt limit between President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner collapsed, political reporters received a missive from Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign that served as a reminder of how More...

Sports

Sports in Kentucky

Kentucky doesn’t need NBA team now or ever

“Anything that’s good for the city of Louisville is good for our state. I believe (the NBA) is good for the city of Louisville, which makes our state even better.”  John Calipari made the above remark last December.  More...

Prayer revs up race crowd

NASHVILLE, Tenn.  A Baptist preacher has revved up a NASCAR crowd with his high-powered invocation before the Nationwide race in Nashville.  More...

Gabby’s fishing fever

Catching bass with plastic worms

With the water temperatures in the mid to high 80’s, most bass are moving to deeper water. On some lakes, deeper water may only mean 10 feet, while in others it may mean 40 feet or more.  More...

Health

Heat and the elderly

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My mother is 92 and lives by herself. She’s quite independent and does well. A neighbor takes her grocery shopping, and we take her to other places she has to go. More...

Generic versions of top drugs will causes prices to fall soon

The cost of prescription medicines used by millions of people every day is about to plummet.  The next 14 months will bring generic versions of seven of the world’s 20 bestselling drugs, including the top two: cholesterol fighter Lipitor a More...

Vaccine cuts chickenpox deaths

ATLANTA  Chickenpox vaccine has dramatically cut deaths from the disease, especially in children, says a new government study proclaiming an important public health victory.  More...

Obituaries

Funeral in Texas Friday for Letcher native

Funeral services will be held in Texas this week for Letcher County native Martha Marie Hall Strain, 80.  Mrs. Strain, of Needville, Texas, died Saturday night in Richmond, Texas. Her funeral will be held at 10 a.m. More...

Oliver Little, 62, buried at Mayking

Funeral services for Oliver Little, 62, were held July 21 at the Millstone Missionary Baptist Church. More...

Rites to be held for John Pratt

Funeral services for John Pratt, 52, of Pinetop, will be held Thursday in Hindman. Burial will be in the Maggard-Pratt Cemetery.  A son of Yert and Lillis Williams Pratt, he was born at Pinetop. More...