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My retirement from the military at the Pentagon

On my last day of service in the Air Force, I was called to the office of the Secretary of the Air Force where I was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal (Third Leaf Cluster) for Meritorious Service in my career.  More...

Opinions

Corporate welfare for the mega-rich helps fuel Kochs

Question: If you mix a cocktail of “black liquor,” biofuels, diesel and a generous splash of tax subsidies — then have it shaken vigorously by a U.S. More...

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False piety surrounds debate

Deficit hawks are worried that the Medicare debate in the presidential campaign will make it impossible to reach a post-election deal to balance the budget. At the same time, much of the punditry focuses on how mean and nasty this campaign is.   More...

Sports

Cougars come up short in opener, 24-20

Letcher County Central head football Coach Paul Rains knew when he took the Cougars’ job that it was going to be a rebuilding process, but he still wants his team to play hard and show toughness for four quarters no matter what the score. More...

The new or old Bristol?

When the checkered flag waved back in March ending the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, Bruton Smith the chief executive officer of Speedway Motorsports Inc. that owns the track, quickly announced that changes could be on the way. More...

Gabby’s fishing fever

When the conditions demand a jig

The weather this summer has been very up and down. One day it is pouring the rain and humid and the next it is so hot you cannot stand to be outside. This type of weather pattern can greatly affect the feeding habits of largemouth bass.  More...

Families & Friends

Kathleen Brock back in hospital

Whitesburg

Hello everyone. I hope you are all doing well.  I haven’t been out and about much, so this news will be boring, and I apologize for it.  My sister Kathleen Brock has been back in the hospital. More...

YARD SALE

— The Kiwanis Club of Jenkins held a three-day yard sale at Jenkins City Park to raise money for repairs on the Woman’s Club building in Jenkins, where the club meets, and for club projec More...

Old Man Winter not far away

Big Cowan

Hello! How is everyone this week? I am as fine as frog’s hair split three ways.  I hope everyone is enjoying the rain and this beautiful weather. Nice temperatures. More...

Obituaries

Rites held for William Gibson

William Jay Gibson, 39, died August 13 at his home at Jackhorn.  A son of William Gibson of Haymond and the late Martha Maynard Gibson, he had worked at Red Onion Prison in Pound, Va., and had served in the U.S. Marine Corps.  More...

Services are held for Danny Cole

Danny Cole, 54, died August 17 at his home at Hallie.  A son of Lonnie Campbell Reams of Hallie and the late Willie Cole Jr., he was the father of the late Christopher Cole and Kimberly Sizemore.  More...

William Whenal dies at 78

William Teele Whenal, 78, of Neon, died August 13 at Letcher Manor Nursing Home in Whitesburg.  A son of the late William Teele and Katherine Christie Whenol, he had lived in Letcher County for 17 years.  He was a veteran of the U.S. More...

Court votes down effort to reverse garbage rate hike

An effort to stop a scheduled $2 increase in monthly garbage collection rates in Letcher County ended almost as quickly as it began this week during the August meeting of the Letcher Fiscal Court.  More...

Judges overturn EPA rule

A divided federal appeals court this week overturned a regulation clamping down on power plant pollution that contributes to unhealthy air in neighboring states.  More...

Facebook activity brings arrests of sex offenders

Three Letcher County men who are registered sex offenders have recently been arrested for having accounts on social networking websites.  More...

News

SKCTC to present the play ‘Bloody Jack’ at Cumberland

The presentation of the play “Bloody Jack” by the Center Stage Players of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College will begin Wednesday, August 22, in the theater of the Edsel Godbey Appalachian Center located on the Cumberland More...

Camp serves grieving children

Camp Echo/Hope is a weekend retreat for children, ages 6 to 12, who have experienced the death of a loved one within the past two years. It will be held September 7–9 at Camp Cathedral Domain in Irvine. More...

Fall color weekend planned

Pine Mountain Settlement School will host a fall color weekend Oct. 19-21. More...

Columns

Dispelling myths about manual transmissions

Car Talk

Dear Tom and Ray:  More...

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years

Aug. 23, 1962  Gov. Bert Combs told a group of Hazard residents that he had promised the residents of Letcher County that he would recommend that a proposed junior college for the Hazard-Blackey area be located in Letcher County.  .  More...

Salome's Stars

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You might not like the sudden setback in your plans. But keep that headstrong Arian temperament in check and wait for explanations. Things will begin to clear up by week’s end.  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

Doctors say new pill law unfair to patients who aren’t problems

Dr. Ralph Alvarado’s medical practice has prescribed controlled substances to 1,800 patients in central Kentucky over the past three years. But he and other doctors in the practice decided to put down their pens four weeks ago.  More...

Caregivers in need of help

A woman grips her car’s steering wheel and silently lets out a scream as her frail father, on oxygen, coughs beside her and her kids play around in the back seat.  More...

Baby boomers told again of need for hepatitis C test

All baby boomers should get a one-time blood test to learn if they have the liverdestroying hepatitis C virus, U.S. More...

Entertainment

At Riverside Days festival

HEADLINER — The top act appearing at the Riverside Days festival in Whitesburg this year was country music star Rebecca Lynn Howard of Salyersville. More...

Jason Aldean nears Oct. 16 date for releasing new album

When Jason Aldean names an album, he looks for a title that fits his life at the moment.  He thinks “Night Train,” his choice for his much anticipated fifth album, paints the perfect picture.  More...

‘The Survivor’ is one of best books of 2012

Book review

“The Survivor” (St. More...