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Features

Va. Tech, state helping Jenkins with tourism plan

Jenkins is billed as “The Town That Was Built on Coal,” but much of the “ black gold” that drew Consolidation Coal into the Elkhorn Valley to build the city just over 100 years ago has long since been carried away as billions More...

Learn about Thailand

You will have the opportunity to experience the tastes, smells and sights of Thailand when you come to the Letcher County Extension Office in Whitesburg at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 10.  More...

Opinions

Political Cartoon

Full Story

Dear SOAR: Our region needs a new CCC - now

Next Monday morning in Pikeville (Dec. 9), Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Rep. More...

The heart of Francis’s mission

Christianity has often been used over the centuries to prop up the powerful. But from the beginning, the Christian message has been subversive of political systems, judgmental toward those at the top, and demanding of all who take it seriously. More...

Sports

Cauley-Stein now ‘The Man’ at UK

Kentucky’s gritty test against Providence on the road was a demonstration of just how superior talent prevails over team. More...

High school hoops begins

Boys to open at home

With Letcher County Central graduating only one senior, point guard Cody Gregory, from a seven-player rotation that finished with a very respectable 16-12 mark, Coach Robert Hammonds was expecting six of his top seven players to return this year and More...

LCC boys, girls teams need youngsters to step up

Girls face early test

For the past four years, the Letcher County Central Lady Cougars were built mostly around experienced players led by four key players who have since graduated — Vannah Breeding, Kelah Eldridge, Julie Cornett and Keisha Collins. More...

Families & Friends

Christmas catalog was usually in the outhouse by now

Points East

When I was growing up in the head of Blair Branch, what little Christmas shopping to be done in our family had already been completed in mid-November courtesy of the Spiegel’s mail order catalog.   More...

HATTON BROTHERS

Pictured are the late Loag Hatton, Tommy Hatton, Clyde Hatton and Maney Hatton, sons of the late Ida and Elbert Hatton.   More...

Thanksgiving snow was pretty

Whitesburg

Hello everyone, hope you are all doing well.  How about this snow sneaking up on us for Thanksgiving? It’s been a long time since we had a snow for Thanksgiving. It was beautiful, but it was so cold. More...

Obituaries

Mrs. Bennett was 84

Wilma Jean Bennett, 84, died November 27 at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington.  A daughter of the late Archie and Herma Collins Sexton, she was the widow of Arthur Bennett.  She was the mother of the late Carolyn Ann B More...

Lassie Birchfield dies at 79

Lassie Birchfield, 79, of Hallie, died November 20 at the Greg and Noreen Wells Hospice Care Center in Hazard.  A daughter of the late Steve and Vina Caudill Watts, she was the widow of Cecil Halcomb, and was later married to James Birchfield, w More...

Services held for James Adams

Funeral services for James Randall Adams, 59, were held November 30 at Everidge Funeral Home in Whitesburg.  Born in Seco to the late James Riley and Lady Adams, he died November 24 in Greenwood, Mo.  More...

Enrollments still strong at schools despite jobs crisis

Despite coal industry layoffs and a high unemployment rate, both school districts in Letcher County have yet to see a dramatic decrease in student enrollment.  Letcher County Public Schools is down seven students from the beginning of the 2013&n More...

Grand jury charges six in beating at jail

21 are named in 26 new indictments

The Letcher County Grand Jury has returned 26 indictments naming 21 people, including six men charged in the jail assault of Donald Lee Shepherd Jr. on November 9.  More...

News

Police say suspect was in act of burning copper he’d stolen

Police say a 20-year-old Roxana man was burning copper near his residence when police arrived to serve outstanding warrants.  Alvin Joseph Slone, 20, of 2708 Mill Branch Road, was arrested Nov. 26 and charged with violating probation. More...

Letcher board seeks equality on overnight trips

The chairman of the Letcher County Board of Education is concerned that a board policy limits the amount of days students stay overnight on eighth-grade trips while other school groups take lengthier trips.  More...

Auditors praise Jenkins Schools

The Jenkins Independent School System on sound financial footing with good financial practices, auditors Wallace Smallwood and Madgell Miller reported to the Jenkins Board of Education last week.  More...

Columns

The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1908

Thursday, December 7, 1933 More...

Salome's Stars

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Careful, Lamb. Don’t let your generous nature lead to some serious overspending as you contemplate your holiday gift-giving. Your social life kicks off into high gear by week’s end.  More...

SPEAKING OF SOAPS

RECAPS – DEC. 2 – 6

THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL — Everyone in attendance of the Thanksgiving festivities was shocked when Rick and Caroline made a big announcement. 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

Dialysis center now in Jenkins

Davita Raven Rock, a new kidney dialysis center, is now open at Gateway Industrial Park at Jenkins.  The new center, formerly located at the Whitesburg hospital, has 11 dialysis stations and will treat patients on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, More...

Tongue-driven wheelchairs?

An experimental device is letting paralyzed people drive wheelchairs simply by flicking their tongue in the right direction.  Key to this wireless system: Users get their tongue pierced with a magnetic stud that resembles jewelry and acts like a More...

HealthCare.gov said to be on mend

Computer crashes should be giving way to insurance coverage — if the government’s diagnosis of its health care website is correct.  The Health and Human Services Department released a progress report this week on its effort get the t More...

Entertainment

Ex-Drive-By Trucker bassist, band returning

Former Drive-By Trucker bassist Shonna Tucker and her band Eye Candy will be back in Whitesburg this weekend for a stop on a tour being held to support their strong new Southern pop/rock album A Tell All. More...

Zac Brown, Dave Grohl team for EP

You never know who you’re going to meet while waiting in line at John Varvatos’ store in West Hollywood. 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...