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Attack on Pearl Harbor

Dec. 2 was the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Perl Harbor.  President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s words rang true when he said, Dec. 7, 1941, was a day, “. . . that will live in infamy.”  More...

Students learn to be lawmakers

Instead of reading about how a bill becomes a law, seven middle school students from Arlie Boggs Elementary School learned firsthand by writing their own mock bills and presenting them at the Capitol building in Frankfort.  More...

How Eula Hall fought for her people

I like to tell myself that I have learned a lot about Appalachia over the years. The region and its problems were threads that ran true through my career as a journalist. More...

Columns

The Way We Were

Clips from available Mountain Eagle pages since our founding in 1908

December 19, 1963  The Letcher County Board of Education voted to buy a site for the proposed new grade school at Kona and has hired an architect to draw the plans for the building. More...

Salome's Stars

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You might be busier than you had expected right now. But between the socializing rounds and the workplace tasks, there are opportunities for special moments with that certain someone.  More...

SPEAKING OF SOAPS

RECAPS – DEC. 16– 20

THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL — Ridge and Eric had an emotional reunion at the Forrester Mansion. Eric was surprised when Ridge revealed the reason he had returned. 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

ARH touts ‘Obamacare’ help

Appalachian Regional Healthcare is reminding Letcher County residents this week that it has counselors at the Whitesburg hospital available to help navigate the Affordable Care Act, often referred to as Obamacare.  More...

Can device cut addiction?

For the past couple of years, Kentucky has battled the deadly scourge of prescription drug abuse through laws, public education and stepped-up policing, and now a Louisville businessman wants to add a weapon to the arsenal — a safer pill contai More...

Some test results better left untold

It’s a growing side effect of modern medicine: A test for one condition turns up something completely unrelated. More...

Entertainment

Concert set at Appalshop

The Whitesburg Middle School UNITE Club will hold a benefit concert at 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 19, at the Appalshop in Whitesburg. The concert will feature UNITE Club members, WMS students, Brandon Fields and others. Admission is $3. More...

To perform

Appalachian Strings will play at Country Cabin II in Norton, Va., on Saturday, Dec. 21. 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...

Jenkins church plans musical

The Emmanuel Baptist Church will hold a Christmas musical, “Bethlehem Morning”, at 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 22. The church is located on Main Street in Jenkins. For more information, call 832-4322.   More...

County left with half of usual pay from coal taxes

Court is putting projects in priority

The Letcher County government can begin making promised coal severance tax disbursements as soon as the Kentucky Department for Local Government receives a new priority list approved this week by the Letcher County Fiscal Court.  More...

Ex-inspector indicted in connection with assault

Among 10 charged; accused of beating woman

The Letcher County Grand Jury has returned 14 indictments charging 10 people with felonies, including a man charged with assaulting a woman on Dec. 8.  More...

Woman critical after wreck

A 34-year-old Jackhorn woman is listed in critical condition in a Tennessee trauma center after she received life-threatening injuries in a car wreck at Mayking Tuesday afternoon.  More...

News

Community Trust named top lender

Community Trust Bank, Inc. was recently honored with the ‘Gold Lender Award’ by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as Kentucky’s top community bank SBA 7a lender in 2012-2013. More...

Robinson Leaders applications available

Applications for the Robinson Leaders Program will be accepted through January 17.  More...

Concealed carry class set Jan. 4

A concealed carry class will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p. m., Jan. 4, at the Letcher County Extension Office. The class enables participants to apply for a concealed carry permit. More...

Opinions

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The takeaway from SOAR

As I headed for the Shaping Our Appalachian Region summit last week in Pikeville, I hoped it would be the most momentous gathering in eastern Kentucky since one that probably happened around 1890 — when speculator John C.C.  More...

Can marriage between GOP, hard-right groups be saved?

Republican leaders and several hard-right groups are displaying the classic signs of a political divorce, including bitter namecalling and reprisals against one another.  More...

Sports

Big Blue Christmas looks like lump of coal

Kentucky’s basketball season began with a number one ranking and a coach letting the words “40-and-oh” pass from his lips.  Two months in, a late game chant from North Carolina students at Dean Dome in Chapel Hill last week: &l More...

LCC girls escape Cavs, miss at Bell

After a big district win at home Friday night over Jenkins, the Lady Cougars lost 59-43 at unbeaten (5-0) Bell County on Saturday afternoon to even their record at 2-2.  The Lady Cougars are on the road tonight (Wednesday) at unbeaten (3-0) Lesl More...

Childress brings ‘3’ back

What had to be the worst kept secret in all of NASCAR this season was finally announced last week when Richard Childress made it official that he would be bringing the No. More...

Families & Friends

Photo

Girl Scout Daisy Troop 7200 at West Whitesburg Elementary School made turkeys for their November meeting. More...

Santa Claus will be here soon

Southern Ohio

Merry Christmas again!  Pour yourself a hot cup of coffee and while you are at it, pour one for me and add a little Bailey’s Irish Cream in mine.  I hope everyone is staying warm as I believe Santa has been checking to see if everyone More...

GRADUATE

Jaime Collins was graduated with honors from Lindsey Wilson College on December 12. She received a master’s degree in education with a 4.0 grade point average.   More...

Obituaries

Nannie Cook succumbs at 93

Nannie Cook, 93, of Kona, died December 9 at the Genesis Homestead in Lancaster, Ohio.  Born at Sandlick, to the late Shade and Elsie Combs Adams, she was the widow of Marion Cook.  More...

Darrell Hall dies in Tennessee

Darrell “Porky” Leonard Hall, 67, of New Market, Tenn., died December 8 at Jefferson Memorial Hospital.  Born in Neon, he was a son of the late Leonard “Hooker” and Grace Hall.  He owned a boat dock and lived in Gla More...

Brenda Hamilton dies at 68

Brenda Sue Jones Hamilton, 68, died November 15 in Elizabethtown.  Born in Fleming to the late Troy and Amanda Jones, she grew up in McRoberts and attended Jenkins High School.  She was a sister of the late Jeanette Brewer, Louise Holmes, V More...