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Social Security goes for the gold

Millions of Americans are following the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.  The last time swimmer Michael Phelps competed, he brought home more gold medals at one time than anyone in the history of the Olympics. Will he do it again?  More...

National energy plan needed, executives say

America needs a national energy policy that specifi- cally includes the use of fossil fuels and creates a stable regulatory environment that encourages growth and job creation, executives in the coal, natural gas and electricity industries said this More...

Attending college locally pays off, Mrs. Wright says

Letcher County resident Ellen Wright attributes her success to a college degree and is encouraging recent high school graduates to continue their education as well. More...

Opinions

A Wall Street devil is looking for redemption

Hallelujah and Holy Smokes! Wall Street has had a “come to Jesus” moment — the biggest sinner on the Street has repented!  More...

Political Cartoon

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Grand Old Party’s civil war

When traditional Republicans tell their tea party wing that they have to negotiate with Democrats, the radicals’ frequent response is: No, they don’t. One side has to win. 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. More...

Health

Gluten-free: Just a food fad?

It sounds like an unfolding epidemic: A decade ago, virtually no one in the U.S. seemed to have a problem eating gluten in bread and other foods. Now, millions do.  More...

Company is seeking FDA approval for personalized DNA testing kits

Genetic test maker 23andMe is asking the Food and Drug Administration to approve its personalized DNA test in a move that, if successful, could boost acceptance of technology that is viewed skeptically by leading scientists who question its usefulnes More...

Heat injuries

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: This will be my first year as an assistant football coach at the high-school level. The head coach has given me the task of preparing for heat-related injuries. It stays hot here way into October. More...

Entertainment

See new and classic stars free in concert at Kentucky State Fair

The Kentucky State Fair’s free concert series will once again allow music fans to relive their glory days with classic hits and experience new and upcoming acts that are on the verge of super-stardom.  More...

What was Clapton’s 1st single?

1. Which singer had a No. 1 hit with “Moody River” in 1961?   2. What was the name of Eric Clapton’s first solo single?  3. Which group released “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying” and when?  4. 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...

Officials in Jenkins disagree over move that cuts some taxes

Jenkins residents will see their property taxes lowered by just over four cents per $100 dollars for motor vehicles and watercraft. More...

Food City seeks beer license

A Whitesburg grocery store has become the first retail establishment to formally apply for a license to sell alcohol by the package.  More...

Murder suspects again enter not guilty pleas

A Letcher County woman and her lover pleaded not guilty in Letcher Circuit Court this week to capital murder charges in the death of Dradrick “Drad” Fleming.  Fleming’s wife, Stephanie Yvonne Jones Fleming, and her lover, James More...

News

Drawing will raise funds for vets

Letcher Court Clerk Winston Meade posed for a photo with a Kentucky “wildcat” the clerk’s office will be giving away during the Mountain Heritage Festival. More...

Carrie Lee-Hall among nurses featured in new book, ‘American Nurse’

A Letcher County nurse is one of 75 from across the nation chosen to be profiled in a new book by an awardwinning photographer and filmmaker.  Carrie Lee-Hall, who has worked at the University of Kentucky North Fork Valley Community Health Cente More...

Collins on dean’s list

Lewis Collins of Whitesburg has been named to the dean’s list for the winter/ spring term at Centre College in Danville, an honor reserved for students who maintain at least a 3.60 grade point average.  Collins is the son of Sam and Mariet More...

Columns

Now here’s a tip

• When patching cracks in plaster walls, if the crack is large or it’s a small hole, stuff it with wadded-up newspaper or steel wool in order to fill the gap. More...

Shocks shouldn’t be replaced due to mileage

Car Talk

Dear Tom and Ray:  While watching a baseball game, an ad on the backstop said to change your shocks at 50,000 miles. I realize this national shockreplacement company is trying to sell shocks. More...

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

Aug. 9, 1962  A large number of Letcher County youngsters will be unable to go to school this year unless someone finds clothing for them. More...

Sports

Does UK’s Phillips know something the rest don’t?

Make no mistake about what I’m about to reveal to readers of this column. More...

Proud moments

Kentucky’a Dermontti Dawson, and Western Kentucky University graduate Claire Donahue arrived at signature moments last Saturday. More...

Grade school teams will be showcased at high school event

On August 9, all Letcher County elementary school football teams (grades 3-8) will be showcased before a high school scrimmage between Letcher County Central and Pike County Central.  More...

Families & Friends

It’s been too hot to go outside

Whitesburg

Hello everyone. Hope you are all doing okay.  We have been having lots of rains and storms. More...

BIRTHDAY

— Vennis Watts of Cornettsville, celebrated his 75th birthday recently with family and friends. He has two grandsons, Cameron Adams and Brandon Watts. More...

Where did summer go?

Bach Court

Schools started back and where did summer go? Time seems to fly by. The older you get, it seems like the clock has wings.  I am really sorry to hear about our pastor, Tony Brown’s, father dying this past week. More...

Obituaries

Services held for Docie York

Docie York, 86 died August 3 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital.  Born in Knott County to the late Willey and Bertha Gibson Maxie, she was the widow of Paul York.  She was a member of Millstone Missionary Baptist Church.  More...

Services held for Gearlene Hale

Gearlene ‘Mouse’ Haley, 63, of Jenkins, died July 31 at Sycamore Shoals Hospital in Elizabethton, Tenn.  A daughter of the late Joseph William and Mary Jane Hileman Mullins, she was a sister of the late Emogene Charles.  More...

Henry David Cook dies at 45

Henry David Cook, 45, died August 5 at his home on Kingscreek.  Born in Toledo, Ohio, to Orville ‘Doug’ and Margie Rose Keel Cook, now of Kingscreek, he enjoyed working on cars and lawn mowers.  More...