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July 4 fireworks displays still on

Even though a burn ban is in effect in Letcher County, three communities will go forth with fireworks displays.  Whitesburg Mayor James W. More...

Features

Mother Teresa visited Jenkins 30 years ago

“Our life of poverty is as necessary as the work itself.” — Mother Teresa   More...

Melvin’s fireworks

When I was growing up in Letcher County in the Fifties and Sixties we didn’t have fireworks on the Fourth of July — at least not on Blair Branch and, as far as I know, anywhere else in the county.  More...

Coal remains important, but we can’t ignore reality

The recent layoffs by Arch Coal are bad news. They are additional evidence of the diffi cult economic straits the coal industry is in and provide further significant challenge to the economy and communities in eastern Kentucky.  More...

Columns

Who’s the bigger jerk here?

Car Talk

Dear Tom and Ray:  More...

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

July 5, 1962  Letcher County’s budget committee has submitted a proposed budget to Letcher Fiscal Court that would be about $11,000 less than last year’s. County Judge James M. More...

Moments in time

• On July 22, 1598, William Shakespeare’s play “The Merchant of Venice” is entered on the Stationers’ Register. More...

Families & Friends

Kathleen Brock hospitalized again

Whitesburg

Hello everyone, hope things are going well for all of you.  Hope you are staying indoors. I am, as much as I can. More...

NEW ROTARIANS

— The Rotary Club of Whitesburg inducted two new members, bringing the total to 11 new members this year. More...

Military appreciation day July 7

”The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come” Outdoor Drama has designated Saturday, July 7, as Armed Forces/Veterans Appreciation Day. Members of the U.S. Armed Forces and U.S. More...

Obituaries

Rites held for Sharon Tyree of Tiffin, Ohio

Sharon Tyree, 59, of Tiffin, Ohio, died June 15 at St. Vincent’s Mercy Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio. Born in Whitesburg, she was a daughter of the late Tommy and Mattie Thomas Taylor. More...

Rites held for Bobby Collins

Funeral services for Bobby Jean Collins, 86, were held July 1 at Little Colley Baptist Church. She died June 28.  Burial was in John W. More...

James Davis dies in Indiana

James N. ‘Jim’ Davis, died June 28 at Columbus Regional Hospital in Columbus, Ind.  Previously employed at Cosco, Jim retired from Cummins Engine Company in 1998 as an account representative. More...

Breaking News - 7/6/2012 12:33 PM

Burning ban lifted - Free Access

Letcher County Judge/Executive Jim Ward has ordered the burning ban lifted. The ban, which had been in effect since June 29, was lifted Friday after storms poured heavy rains on Letcher County Thursday afternoon. More...

Deputies suspected wife early on, don’t believe self-defense claim of her lover

Authorities say they have no reason to believe accused murderer James Ray Maggard’s claim that he was acting in self-defense when he killed his lover’s husband either by beating him with a baseball bat or by setting him afire, a Letcher C More...

News

Hall Cemetery

Malesa Hall is the contact person for all matters relating to the Hall Cemetery in Fleming-Neon. Her address is P.O. Box 58, Jackhorn, KY 41825, phone 606-821-8113.   More...

Residents, officials meet to discuss future of Jenkins

The City of Jenkins and the Kentucky League of Cities held a Community Listening and Design Session at the Jenkins High School cafeteria last week to discuss possibilities for Jenkins’s future as part of a $10,000 planning grant the city receiv More...

COMING THIS FALL

— A sign went up this week announcing the future opening of the Whitesburg Women’s Center, which will be located at the Whitesburg ARH hospital. More...

Opinions

Distances seem shorter now

As we travel down life’s pathway, we may sometimes think of the past and the way things have changed or at least the way they used to seem. In many instances things have changed only in our mind and the way we remember them.  More...

Sports

Fishing with Gabby

Right now just about any crappie fishing to be done is being done at night. The daytime heat has been at record highs not seen since the 1950’s. More...

Speak Your Piece

Speak Your Piece

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

Call 633-7508 from 9 am Tuesday to 9 am Friday.  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   More...

Health

Treat heat with respect

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, extreme heat exposure caused 3,981 deaths in the United States between 1999 and 2005. More...

What health-care law means here

Nearly 1 million will become eligible for coverage; elderly will no longer face ‘donut hole’

Last week’s 5-4 decision to uphold the federal health-care reform law means about 280,000 more Kentuckians will qualify for Medicaid, and about 220,000 will qualify for insurance under a state exchange where they can choose from various policie More...

Ingrown hairs cause shaving bumps

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am a black woman writing on behalf of my boyfriend. He has a crop of little bumps on his face. I asked him if they are pimples, and he laughed. He said they’re shaving bumps. How does he get rid of them? — R.C.  More...

Entertainment

To perform

Bluegrass Circle will perform from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, July 7, at the Country Cabin II in Norton, Va. The facility is located across Alternate Rte. 58 from the original Country Cabin, 1½ mile west of Norton. More...

How a song by The Pretenders led to creation of ‘Centipede’

Dona Bailey was working as a computer programmer at General Motors when she heard the Pretenders song “Space Invader” and fell in love with it. The year was 1980. She had no clue about video games.  More...

What was ‘The Chitlin’ Circuit’?

1. Name the singer who released “ You’re Sixteen” and “Dreamin’.”  2. What was the “Chitlin’ Circuit,” and when was it active?   3. More...