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Board to appeal AG’s decision

After a three-hour meeting Monday night, the Letcher County Board of Education voted to hold a closed session without giving appropriate explanation as to why the secrecy was needed.  More...

Features

Southeast’s success can be attributed to many

I am nearing the end of my long affiliation with Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, a journey that I began as a student in 1964 and will conclude at the end of this month when I step down as president after almost 27 years (with seve More...

Ky. leaders denounce Obama climate plan

Political leaders from coal-rich Kentucky were quick to denounce President Barack Obama’s climate change initiatives on Tuesday, saying efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions would hurt the state’s mining industry and drive up energy More...

Retired teacher able to drop 100 pounds

A recently retired high school teacher has lost 100 pounds in 20 months.  Paul David Sturgill, 48, of Cromona, was told by his doctor in September 2011 that he needed to lose weight after he developed high blood pressure.  More...

Columns

Moments in Time

• On July 14, 1789, Parisian revolutionaries and mutinous troops storm and dismantle the Bastille, a royal fortress built in 1370 that had come to symbolize the tyranny of the Bourbon monarchs. More...

The Way We Were

Death verdict took 2 minutes

In addition to being happy they’re not from Texas, which is soon scheduled to hold its 500th execution since 1982, Roger Dale Epperson and Benny Lee Hodge, the last two convicted killers sent to Kentucky’s Death Row from Letcher County, s More...

Salome's Stars

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Don’t be Sheepish about asking questions and demanding answers. You not only gain needed information, but also respect for your steadfast search for the truth.  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

Are you an Internet addict?

Do you stay up late into the night using the Internet? Are you grumpy or anxious when you cannot log on? Do you feel the need to use the Internet more and more to feel satisfied? Do you stay online longer than you intended? More...

Hospital ‘fair pricing’ law in limbo

Huge list prices charged by hospitals are drawing increased attention, but a federal law meant to limit what the most financially vulnerable patients can be billed doesn’t seem to be making much difference.  More...

Dull chest pain

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I’m in my 60s and never had a major illness. I take no medicines. During the past three months, I have been wakened from sleep with a dull pain in the center of my chest. My husband told me to take Mylanta. More...

Entertainment

To perform

Benny Jones and CMT Country will play at Country Cabin II in Norton, Va., on Saturday, June 29. The show will take place from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children 2 to 11 years old.   More...

Dawson Creek to play at Hemphill

Dawson Creek, a bluegrass band, will perform at the Hemphill Community Center on Friday, June 28, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome.   More...

He’s been ‘speaking pieces’ on local radio for 27 years

Almost anyone who is a regular listener of WMMT 88.7, the community public radio station based out of Appalshop in downtown Whitesburg, has had what might be termed “Wiley moments.” These are times when as you listen to veteran broadcaste More...

Breaking News - 7/1/2013 4:43 PM

Drowning victim is identified - Free Access

Authorities have identified the victim of what is believed to be an accidental drowning near the community of UZ.Letcher County Coroner Marty Baker said Chalmer Lee Watkins, 51, of Lynn Branch in Kingscreek, was fishing in a small pond on Bronze Driv More...

McRoberts school may be shut down, Jenkins board says

After years of declining enrollment, the doors may soon close at McRoberts Elementary School.  At the June meeting of the Jenkins Independent Schools Board of Education, board members discussed the future of McRoberts Elementary and without exce More...

Scrap dealer, theft suspects among 14 indicted by jury

Fourteen people have been indicted on theft charges by the Letcher County Grand Jury, including an Isom scrap dealer and four others charged in connection with the theft of steel grates from culverts that belong to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet More...

News

Board won’t fund teacher for program

The Letcher County Board of Education will not contribute the nearly $16,000 needed to pay the salary of a law enforcement instructor, a move that will bring to a halt the new law enforcement and criminal justice program at the Letcher County Area Te More...

Man accused of stealing calves among 5 named in indictments

The Letcher County Grand Jury has named five Letcher County residents in six indictments.  They are:  • Johnny D. More...

Wreck at Bull Creek kills two

Two Knott County residents died in a wreck in Letcher County Saturday morning.  Nicholas Adam Spencer, 22, of Sassafras, and Mikka Allie Cutting, 19, of Langley, were pronounced dead at the scene at 8:48 a.m. More...

Opinions

What the AG’s report says

Following is the full text of the Kentucky Attorney General’s finding that the Letcher County Board of Education was in violation of the state’s Open Meetings Act. More...

Board should heed AG’s decision, stop meeting illegally

What do you do if the state’s top law enforcement officer issues a lengthy decision informing you that you’re in violation of the Kentucky Open Records and Open Meetings Act? More...

Ways we overpay for healthcare

Little victories in curbing health care costs can add up. In truth, they seem little only next to the titanic $2.6 trillion Americans spend a year on health care. So let us salute them.  More...

Sports

UK’s Wiltjer says he’s looking for ‘significant role’ elsewhere

Kentucky forward Kyle Wiltjer is transferring to find a “signifi- cant” role elsewhere.  The 6-foot-10 Wiltjer, who played with the Canadian development national team this summer, posted a letter on Kentucky’s athletic departme More...

R.I.P., Calvin Bird

One of our state’s iconic athletes left us last week. More...

Gabby’s fishing fever

Weed beds are top spots for fish now

With the bright sunshine and the warm temperatures, the weeds are all green and growing. The lakes are full of weed growth.  More...

Families & Friends

Juanita and Marty Smith to mark anniversary

Big Cowan

Hello friends and neighbors and all those far and near! Hoping all had a good week.  Late happy birthday to Brett Hays on June 17. She is the daughter of Linda and Brack Sexton of Cowan.  More...

Overbey to get new wheels at speedway

A 13-year-old from London, will drive in victory lane before the start of the June 27 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. More...

TO WED

Michael Ray Riley, son of Coy Riley of Mayking and the late Judy Riley, and Arielle Blake Wright, daughter of Chris Wright of Jackhorn and Danielle Kirkland Francis of Johnson City, Tenn., will be ma More...

Obituaries

Mary Eva Spicer dies at 101

Mary Eva Craft Spicer, 101, died June 21 at Letcher Manor Nursing Home in Whitesburg.  Born in Norton, Va., to the late Grant and Rachel Craft, she was the widow of Obie L. Spicer, and had lived for many years at Bottom Fork.  More...

Rites held for Georgia Amburgey

Georgia Amburgey, 71, of Little Colley, died June 19 at Pikeville Medical Center.  A daughter of the late Archie and Hannah Powers Cook, she was a sister of the late Hobert Cook.   More...

Rites held for Alex Shepherd

Funeral services for Alex Douglas Shepherd, 73, were held June 17 at Everidge Funeral Home. Burial was in the Mullins Cemetery at Sandlick.  Born in Letcher County, he was a son of the late Alex and Edna Kiser Shepherd. More...